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now still covered shaded areas around Ragsdale’s baseball diamond, and the whipping wind sent thoughts of spring careening from one’s mind as fast as it scattered the dry leaves on the ground. DeSean Anderson proudly donned his uniform jersey, bare arms and all, and pronounced the weather just fine. Scout Albertson, meanwhile, attempted to keep her teeth from chattering out of her mouth. Plenty of days in the sun loom for the Ragsdale baseball and Trinity softball stars, year-round players who nonetheless couldn’t wait for their senior high school seasons to arrive. No matter the temperature on a frigid mid-February day when they were asked to pose for the cover of The High Point Enterprise’s Spring Sports Guide. “I’m really excited,” Albertson said. “During the summer, I don’t play with the girls I go to school with. It gives me a chance to play with people from where I’m from.” Anderson spends his fall racing up and down football fields, and other free moments wowing professional baseball scouts. Spring provides a chance to simply hang out with friends in those blue Tiger jerseys. “This spring season means a lot more because it’s my last year playing with (Billy) Stone, (Walt) Sparks, (Ben) Fultz,” Anderson said. “We’ve been playing together since we were 6 years old.” Plus, there’s a little something for Ragsdale to prove this season after a stunning first-round exit from the 2009 playoffs. “The new rankings came out and we’re not ranked,” Anderson said of the Tigers, who lost a number of top seniors from last year’s squad. “Everybody’s overlooking us. We’re ready to come out here and surprise

a lot of people.” Albertson, a third baseman and shortstop, leads Trinity into the new PAC-6 2A this spring. After turning down a number of scholarship offers, including SPORTS a full ride to Campbell, she’ll head to N.C. State Steve next year to play for the Hanf Wolfpack. ■■■ “State’s where my heart was set at. I just knew that was where I was supposed to go,” said Albertson, who will be a non-scholarship player her first year. “They needed a catcher, had to put money somewhere else my first year, but my next years I’ll have some scholarship money.” Albertson plans to major in Life Sciences, part of the pre-med program, and said she’s leaning toward medical school after her State career ends. Anderson has other choices to make after leading the Tigers through the treacherous Piedmont Triad 4A. Baseball won out over football a while ago, and now it’s top-notch South Carolina vs. the major league baseball draft, full ride vs. a nice signing bonus and fast track to the majors. He’s yet to make up his mind and likely won’t decide until July or August. “It’s been tiring, but it’s also been a privilege,” Anderson said of the process. “Not everybody has the opportunity where, if I don’t want to play pro ball out of high school, I can play college baseball at a high-level Division I team.” Clearly, good days are coming for these local prep stars. And warm days are coming for them and all the area’s athletes. shanf@hpe.com | 888-3526

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The fourth annual High Point Enterprise spring preview section was produced by the following: Cover photo: Don Davis Jr. Cover design: Mary Leslie English Section design: Steve Hanf, Mark McKinney Section photos: Sonny Hedgecock, Don Davis Jr., Eliot Duke

Section stories: Steve Hanf, Greer Smith Sports editor: Mark McKinney On the Web: www.hpe.com Special thanks to the athletic directors for their help in arranging photos and the coaches who took the time to provide the requested information necessary to produce the 82 stories included in this section.


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Coach: Corey Gesell (fifth season) Last year in review: 29-3, NCISAA 2A state championship, Triad Athletic Conference regular-season and Tournament champs for second consecutive season; graduated two all-state players and three All-TAC players. Key returners: Senior shortstop/pitcher Andrew Barnett – all-state and AllTAC in 2009, batted .440 with 30 RBIs, 11 doubles and five home runs; also had eight wins on the mound with a 1.25 ERA and 72 Ks in 45 innings; junior center fielder Luke Zente – All-TAC in 2009, hit .451 with 25 runs and 23 RBIs, will steal bases and play great defense; senior pitcher/first baseman Cameron Cecil – 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA with 35 Ks in 30 innings; hit .305 with 16 RBIs, six doubles and two triples; pitched a shutout in the first game of the state title series vs. St. David’s; junior catcher Logan Gunn – transferred in last spring from Veritas Academy, had 12 RBIs and two homers in limited action; outstanding arm behind the plate, can pitch as well; junior third baseman/pitcher Justin Morrison – hit .304 with 23 runs and 19 RBIs with six doubles and two homers; expected to help on the mound, outstanding

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High Point Christian Academy won the NCISAA 2A championship last spring and will be looking for more big things to come from the likes of (from left) Taylor Bergsma, Cameron Cecil, Andrew Barnett and Luke Zente. arm; junior second baseman Taylor Bergsma – hit .387 with 25 runs and 22 RBIs, solid defense. Key newcomers: Michael Gibson, senior, a transfer from Ledford who will help on the mound and in the outfield; Matt Haas, junior, a transfer from Hayworth Christian who will help in the outfield and with his hitting; sophomore Jared Gesell, who played part time as a freshman with the varsity, will play multiple positions in the infield and pitch; sophomore Andrew Shoemaker, up from JV, will play outfield and

catch, has a solid bat and could be a big surprise. The coach says: “The Cougars are hoping to compete for a third straight TAC title. The TAC will be much improved and I

feel Westchester is the favorite. They have added many players to their roster and they were strong last year. The Cougars will need strong leader-

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5 – Baseball vs. Vandalia, at Alamance Chr., 3 6 – Baseball vs. Wilson Chr., at Alamance, 2; vs. Wake Chr. 4:30 6 – Softball vs. Clt. Latin, 12 9 – Baseball vs. Cary Chr., 4:30 9 – Soccer at Calvary, 4:30 9 – Tennis at Burlington Chr., 4 11 – Softball at N. Raleigh, 5 11 – Soccer vs. St. David’s, 4:30 11 – Golf at Calvary, 4 11 – Track at Cannon, 4 12 – Baseball vs. G’boro Day, 4:30 12 – Softball vs. Village, 5 12 – Soccer vs. Caro. Friends, 4:30 12 – Tennis at G’boro Day, 4 13 – Baseball vs. Forsyth CD, 3 15 – Golf vs. G’boro Day, 4 16 – Baseball vs. Westchester, 4:30 16 – Softball vs. Salem, 4:30 16 – Soccer vs. Caldwell, 4:30 16 – Tennis at Forsyth CD, 4 18 – Softball at St. David’s, TBA 18 – Golf at Amer. Hebrew, 4 18 – Track at Amer. Hebrew, 4 19 – Baseball at Wesleyan, 7 19 – Tennis at Wesleyan, 4 20 – Baseball vs. Mnt. State (W.Va.), 12 22 – Golf vs. WCDS/St. David’s, 4 23 – Baseball at Caldwell, 4:30 23 – Softball at Forsyth CD, 5:30 23 – Soccer vs. Amer. Hebrew, 4:30 23 – Tennis at Caro. Friends, 4 23 – Track at Forsyth CD, 4 25-27 – Baseball at Cary Acad., 1:30 25 – Softball at Gaston Chr., TBA 25 – Soccer at Forsyth CD, 6 25 – Tennis at Westchester, TBA 27 – Softball at Charlotte CD, 12 27 – Soccer vs. Asheville Chr., 12 29 – Softball vs. Burlington Chr., 4:30 29 – Golf vs. Southlake, 4 30 – Baseball vs. Grace, 4:30 30 – Softball at Clover, TBA 30 – Soccer at Elon, 4:30 30 – Tennis at Elon, TBA

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1 – Baseball vs. Calvary, 4:30 1 – Soccer vs. Cary Chr., 4:30 1 – Tennis at Cannon, TBA 3 – Baseball at Mingo Bay tourney, Myrtle Beach, TBA 13 – Baseball vs. Caldwell, 4:30 13 – Softball vs. Southlake, 4:30 13 – Soccer at Wesleyan, 7 13 – Tennis vs. Elon, 4 13 – Golf at Elon, 4 15 – Tennis vs. Burlington Chr., 4 15 – Track at Amer. Hebrew, 4 15 – Golf at Westchester, 4 16 – Baseball vs. Kerr-Vance, 4:30 16 – Soccer at Caldwell, 4:30 17 – Baseball vs. Southlake, 1 19 – Tennis vs. Westchester, 4 19 – Golf vs. Wesleyan, 4 20 – Baseball vs. Vandalia, 5 20 – Softball at Calvary, 4:30 20 – Soccer at Westchester, 7 20 – Track at Forsyth CD, 4 22 – Baseball at Calvary, TBA 22 – Softball at Wesleyan, 4:30 22 – Soccer vs. Salem, 4:30 22 – Tennis vs. Caro. Friends, 4 26 – Softball at Burlington Chr., TBA 26 – Golf vs. Calvary, 4 27 – Baseball at Westchester, 7 27 – Softball vs. Metrolina, 4:30 27 – Soccer vs. Calvary, 4:30 27 – Tennis vs. Amer. Hebrew, 4:30 27 – Golf at Caldwell, TBA 29 – Softball vs. Northside, 4:30 29 – Soccer at TAC tourney, TBA 29 – Tennis vs. Southlake, 4 29 – Track at Amer. Hebrew, 4 30 – Baseball at Clt. Christian, 6

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1 – Baseball vs. TBA, at HiToms Classic 3 – Tennis vs. St. David’s, 4 3 – Golf at TAC tourney, 12 4 – Softball vs. Calvary, 4:30 4 – Tennis at Cary Chr., TBA 6 – Softball vs. Wesleyan, 4:30 6 – Track at TAC Champs., TBA 7 – Tennis at TAC tourney, TBA 8 – Tennis at TAC tourney, TBA 14-15 – Track at state champs., TBA

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HIGH POINT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SOFTBALL

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Coach: Todd Farlow (first year with varsity), assistants Jeremy Cecil, Angelo Gonzalez and Cindy Cecil Last year in review: 9-5 overall, lost in first round of state playoffs to eventual champion Northside Christian; lost all-state recipients Bethany Gesell and Rebecca Leigh Key returners: Shortstop/third baseman Mychelle Gonzalez, outfielder Madison Kiser, catcher/pitcher Tatum Fogle, second/first baseman Macy Scarborough Key newcomers: Pitcher Cayla Cecil, shortstop/second baseman Lindsay Cecil, third baseman/outfielder Sarah Bridger, pitcher/outfielder Margo Cochran The coach says: “We will be very young, as we do not have a senior on the roster. We look forward to playing a very challenging schedule. Hopefully, we can say every day that we have gotten better. Our theme verse for the season is I Corinthians 12, which deals with everyone understanding her role for the betterment of the team. In the long term, it is our goal to win a state championship. That may or may not happen this year, but we are building a foundation with a young core group along with a balance of key veterans returning to produce the best product HPCA DON DAVIS JR. | HPE has to offer. I am excited about this season because of the effort that I see coming Top returning players this spring for High Point Christian Academy’s softball squad are from the girls already. It will be a challenge, yet one that we are willing to meet (from left) Madison Kiser, Tatum Fogle, Mychelle Gonzalez and Macy Scarborough. and defeat.”

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Coach: Eleni Hedrick (second year) Last year in review: 11-6, three All-TAC players Key returners: Seniors Meredith Morris and Hannah Steele, junior Mackenzie Allred, and sophomores Tara Moseley and Rebekah Severs

Top talents back for the HPCA soccer team include (from left) Rebekah Severs, Mackenzie Allred, Meredith Morris, Hannah Steele and Tara Moseley. DON DAVIS JR. | HPE

Key newcomers: Freshmen Kenzie MacDonald and Brennen Moore The coach says: “This is going to be an exciting year for our team because we have a lot of strength returning as well as some strong newcomers. Last year we had a great season and are

hoping to build on what we accomplished. The Triad Athletic Conference always seems to be strong in girls soccer, so we have put together a strong schedule with the addition of some out-ofconference teams. We are looking forward to a great season with a great group of girls!”

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Leading the Cougar netters this year will be (from left) Matt Amos, Sam Parlier, Matthew Grice, Bobby Little, Austin Cobb and Chandler Starr.

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Coach: Allen Michael (first year, director of tennis/head pro Sedgefield Country Club), assistants Susan Parlier, Chris Amos Last year in review: Parker Love and Matthew Amos, all-conference Key returners: Taylor Light (sophomore), Amos (eight-grader), Love (junior)

Key newcomers: Seventh-graders Sam Parlier, Bobby Little and Austin Cobb; eighth-graders Chandler Starr and Matthew Grice The coach says: “We have a lot of excitement with this very young team. We hope to establish a good foundation and build the program for years to come!”


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HIGH POINT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY TRACK AND FIELD

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Coach: Heather Foster (third year leading 3-year-old program), assistant Jeff Pack Last year in review: Boys – second in Triad Athletic Conference, sixth in state (highest ever), a majority of All-TAC and allstate athletes graduated; Girls – fourth in TAC, 12th in state with 11 girls. Key returners: Boys – junior Trent Gabriel – TAC champion, fifth in state in 800, strong in 400 and 800, distance relays; freshman Connor Flater – fourth in state in 3200, seventh in 1600, coming off superb cross country season, should place high at state meet; sophomore Davis Pack – 400/800 specialist coming off All-TAC XC season, should be one of the top 400 runners in the TAC and a key member of 1600 and 3200 relays; senior Jack Dula – versatile athlete who was fourth in state in the pole vault in first season competing, also has good speed and will help 800, 1600 relays; eighth-graders David Loy and Will Cliff – coming off great XC seasons, should be strong in 1600 and 3200; junior Kolton White – solid hurdler with good form, has improved his speed, should be one of the top hurdlers in the TAC, could place high at state; ninth-graders Ryan Rush and Caleb Beane and sophomores Jake McKinney and Zach Blackmore – counted on in the sprints and field events to offset losses to graduation; eighth-grader Shep Byles – looks promising in the 300 hurdles; Girls – sophomore Jordan Gibson – fourth in TAC in 100 hurdles, seventh in state, on sprint relays, hopes to do both hurdle events; sophomore Catherine Byles – second in TAC in 300, also strong at 200 and 400, and will compete in sprint relays; junior Claire Phipps – versatile athlete used in sprints, middle distance and high jump, injured last year for TAC

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and state, will compete in four events this year depending on where the team needs her; sophomore Mary Katherine Field – provides speed and experience in the 200 and 400 as well as sprint relays, fourth in TAC last year in 400; freshman Catherine Phipps – looks to build on XC background in third year in track to improve her times in the distance events. Key newcomers: Boys – junior Matt Ardoin – promising in shot and discus; junior Reid Ashby and senior Jarod Saintsing – depth in the sprints and may compete in high jump; senior Austin Gentry, a six-year XC veteran who is a newcomer to track but has plenty of distance experience and is expected to contribute; Girls – sophomore Carly Black – strong in the sprints and possibly the long jump; sophomore Tess Allison – should help in distance events; seventh-graders Abby Auman and Jackie Love – XC runners who will help in middle distance. The coach says: For the boys, “After losing 75 percent of point production to graduation, HPCA looks to rebuild in the sprints and field events but has great experience in the middle distance and distance events. We should have the best middle distance and distance team in the conference, but will need to get some of our young sprinters contributing to the points to have a shot at the title. We have a good combination of talented veterans and newcomers to send the program in the right direction.” For the girls, “It’s a relatively young team with 13 on the roster. We hope to have strong seasons from the veterans in some specific events, but lack the depth and experience to field a successful, wellrounded team this year. Key newcomers with young veterans should plant the seeds for the next several years.”

Coach: David Spencer (eighth season) Last year in review: Runner-up in Triad Athletic Conference tournament Key returners: Junior Brian Segars, sophomores Tulley Dominguez and Steven Kowal, freshman Josh Craft Key newcomers: Aaron Quate, Brandon Bennett, Caleb Hardee, Zach Eanes

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Tulley Dominguez (left) and Josh Craft are part of a youth movement hoping to lead High Point Christian Academy’s golf team to a big season this year despite playing in a tough conference.

The coach says: “This season, we have no senior leadership with one junior, five sophomores and two freshman. Not only are we young, but we are inexperienced. Only three of our golfers have varsity match experience (Segers, Dominguez, and Craft), and three of the remaining four did not play at the middle school level. Playing in the TAC can be tough. There are usually several very talented teams that we will face. Last season, we finished runner-up in our conference tournament. We are going to have to grow up fast to keep pace this season.”

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ship from their senior class in order to reach their goals. We have a very tough nonconference schedule to help prepare us for the TAC and state tournament. Pitching will be our key. If our pitchers pitch to their capabilities, all of them could have outstanding seasons.

Many of our players have worked very hard this offseason and I am anxious to see them play. We are a different team than last year’s championship team and we will need to find our team identity to have a successful season. The potential is here to have another great run.”

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Coach: Joey Hammond (second season), assistants David Couch, Mo Blakney, Jeff Wilson Last year in review: 14-8, Triad Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up, lost in second round of NCISAA 2A playoffs. Key returners: Senior pitcher Alex Embler – All-TAC last year, .381 batting average, six doubles, one home run, 2-2 on the mound, 3.81 ERA, 45 strikeouts in 28 innings; senior pitcher/third baseman DJ Russ – AllTAC and all-state, .455 average, seven doubles, three homers, 31 RBIs; senior pitcher/third base Joe Max Floyd – All-TAC, .364 average, four doubles, two homers, 22 RBIs, 3-3 record, 2.99 ERA, 42 Ks; senior shortstop/second base Mickey Williard – All-TAC, .350 average, eight doubles, two homers, 24 RBIs. Key newcomers: Junior shortstop/ second baseman/pitcher Devin McLemore; junior first baseman/ pitcher Terrence Hearst; freshman center fielder Markel Johnson

The coach says: “We are excited about this year’s team and the development of each player in the

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Westchester will be looking for some diamond gems this year out of (from left) Joe Max Floyd, Mickey Williard, Zach Gilliland, Alex Embler and DJ Russ. program from last year to present time. We are led by a stable of seniors and have a nice balance of new and young players to support them. Our strengths are in pitch-

ing, defense and team speed. We have put together a very challenging schedule and our players have worked hard and are ready to get started.”

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Coach: Adam Schwartz (10th year, fourth leading varsity) Last year in review: 13-5, Triad Athletic Conference champs, fourth in NCISAA 2A state tourney; All-TAC honors for Jonathan DiIanni (Player of the Year), Will DiIanni, Grey York and Andrew Bauer; the DiIanni brothers earned all-state status Key returners: Seniors Bauer, Will

DiIanni, Austin Greeson and Braeden Moore; junior Aaron Caffey; sophomores Jonathan DiIanni, York and Chris Anderson Key newcomers: Junior Logan Icenhour (returning from Ragsdale); seventh-grader Thomas Walsh The coach says: “This is one of the most anticipated golf seasons in our school’s history! Returning all

but one player (Stephen Kimsey, Hampden-Sydney) and adding Logan Icenhour and Thomas Walsh to the mix, every practice and match is going to be a competition. The sad part is only six of these great-student athletes will be able to play in the state championship. So, bringing a high level of play is important throughout the season. Westchester has never won the team state championship, so we are on a mission!”

5 – Baseball at Alamance tourney, TBA 5 – Soccer vs. Forsyth Home, 4 6 – Baseball at Alamance tourney, TBA 8 – Track at Bishop, 4 8 – Golf vs. Elon, 4 9 – Soccer at Amer. Hebrew, 5 9 – Golf vs. Wesleyan, 4 10 – Tennis at Amer. Hebrew, 4:30 11 – Baseball at Calvary, 4 11 – Soccer vs. Salem, 4:30 11 – Tennis at Elon, 4 13 – Baseball at Gaston Chr., 1 15 – Soccer at Caro. Friends, 4:30 16 – Baseball at HP Christian, 4:30 16 – Golf at Ravenscroft, 1:30 18 – Tennis at Burlington Chr., 4 18 – Track at Amer. Hebrew, 4:30 18 – Golf vs. GDS/Metrolina, 4 19 – Baseball vs. Caldwell, 6:30 19 – Soccer at HP Christian, 4:30 19 – Tennis at First Assembly, 3:30 22 – Soccer vs. Metrolina, 4:30 22 – Track at G’boro Day, 5 22 – Golf at HPCA, 4 23 – Baseball vs. St. David’s, 4:30 23 – Soccer at Caldwell, 4:30 23 – Tennis at Wesleyan, 4 23 – Golf vs. Wesleyan, 4 25 – Soccer vs. Elon, 7 25 – Tennis vs. HP Christian, 4 25 – Golf vs. FCD/Calvary, 2 26 – Baseball vs. Asheville Chr., 6 27 – Baseball vs. N. Guilford, 3 31 – Baseball at Fayetteville Chr., 3:30

April 1 – Baseball at Fayetteville Acad., 3:30 2 – Baseball at O’Neal, 3 5 – Baseball at N. Guilford, 6 6 – Tennis at O’Neal, 4 7 – Track at Ledford, 4:30

8 – Baseball at Caldwell, 4:30 8 – Soccer vs. Calvary, 6:30 8 – Golf at Caldwell, 4 9 – Baseball vs. Calvary, 7 9 – Soccer at Gaston Day, 4:30 12 – Soccer at Calvary, 4:30 13 – Tennis vs. O’Neal, 4 13 – Golf at Forsyth Home, 3:30 15 – Baseball at Bishop, 4:30 15 – Track at Amer. Hebrew, 4:30 15 – Golf vs. HPCA/Led/CD, 4 16 – Baseball vs. Metrolina, 6:30 16 – Soccer at Salem, 4 16 – Tennis at St. David’s, 3:30 17 – Track at Bishop, 10 a.m. 19 – Tennis at HP Christian, 4 19 – Golf at Elon, 4 20 – Baseball at Wesleyan, 5 20 – Soccer vs. HP Christian, 7 20 – Track at Forsyth CD, 4 22 – Golf at Forsyth CD, 2 23 – Baseball at First Assembly, 5 23 – Soccer vs. Caldwell, 7 23 – Tennis vs. Burlington Chr., 4 26 – Baseball vs. Southlake, 4:30 26 – Soccer at Statesville Chr., 4 27 – Baseball vs. HP Christian, 7 27 – Tennis vs. Wesleyan, 4 27 – Golf at New Garden, 4 29 – Soccer at TAC tourney, TBA 29 – Tennis vs. Elon, 4 29 – Track at Amer. Hebrew, 4:30 29 – Golf at Wesleyan, 4

May 1 – Baseball vs. Forsyth CD, 3 3 – Baseball vs. Wesleyan, 5 3 – Tennis vs. First Assembly, 4 3 – Golf at TAC tourney, TBA 4 – Tennis at Caro. Friends, 4 6 – Track at TAC Champs., TBA 7 – Tennis at TAC tourney, TBA 8 – Tennis at TAC tourney, TBA 10 – Golf at State Champ., TBA 14-15 – Track at State Champs., TBA

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Coach: Mark Scott (third year) Last year in review: Boys – Won Triad Athletic Conference title and finished runner-up in the state championship each of the last two years; most of the team made all-conference each of the past two years; Girls – runner-up in TAC each of the last two years, fourth in state championship last year. Key returners: Senior Logan Yeager (state pole vault champ) and junior Jay Kennedy, who both demonstrated they can compete on the state level in a couple of field events and have potential to be state-caliber sprinters; senior Taylor Christiansen and junior Adam Goho, who handle the distance duties and 4x8 relay; freshman Will Thomas and eighth-grader Will Moore, who ended strong last year in the distance events and should fill 4x8 relay spots; sophomore Ben Bruggeworth (discus, pole vault); Girls – junior Whitley Glosson, freshman Claire Councill (former all-state runner) and freshmen Mary Bryan Smith, Hunter Hess and Emma Thomas; junior Molly Harris (placed in the 400 at state). Key newcomers: Boys – freshman C.J. Plummer (jumps) and senior “Z” Grier (throws) should help in field events; a versatile and healthy Will Holland returns after nearly a two-year absence due to injuries and could contribute in a variety of events and provide senior leadership; Girls – sophomore Mattie Strickland brings a combination of strength and speed that along with Glosson, Councill and Harris makes the team strong in middle distance; senior Elizabeth Coughlin could make an imme-

diate impact with her speed and senior leadership to help a talented but young sprint crew of returning freshmen Leigh Tyson, Olivia Greeson and Hess. The coach says: “WCDS is typically the smallest 2A school in the state and that makes it very difficult to compete on the state level in a sport that has 18 events for the boys and 17 for the girls. The success of the boys the past two years has been directly related to the fact that no less than six members of those teams could have competed and scored at the state level in almost any event, filling virtually any holes in the lineup. They simply needed one more such athlete with the talent and hard work ethic to win a title last year. Though we lost most of that group, our returning athletes have tasted the success and have seen what it takes to achieve it. Led by hard-working and talented seniors Taylor Christiansen and Logan Yeager, I believe they can help develop those around them enough to compete for a third straight conference championship.” The Wildcat girls will miss graduated star Becky Plyler, who won the state title in the long jump last year. “With all the middle-schoolers last year, we jokingly referred to her as the team mom. Those youngsters are now a year older and saw just how good they could be with the fourth-place finish at the state meet. They certainly have some fast shoes to fill. The Wildcat girls are fortunate to have such great and versatile athletes in Whitley Glosson, Mary Bryan Smith and Claire Councill that could each probably place in about 12 different events at the state meet. I don’t know what other teams lost or added to their rosters, but what we

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Westchester’s girls are ready for another fun run with (front, from left) Claire Councill, Molly Harris, Mary Bryan Smith and Emma Thomas along with (back, from left) Hunter Hess, Whitley Glosson, Leigh Tyson and Olivia Greeson. Below, the Wildcat boys feature (from left) Jay Kennedy, Taylor Christiansen, Logan Yeager and Adam Goho.

can control is to be the very best that we can be and that should have us

contending in the conference and state championships.”

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Coach: Cory Evans (sixth season) Last year in review: 6-10 record, Elizabeth Kennedy had 18 of the team’s 26 goals and was all-conference along with midfielder Abbey Pfister. Key returners: Senior midfielder Abbey Pfister (five goals, four assists), a smart player excited to take on the role as captain this

year, has started since eighthgrade, great on and off the ball and has a tremendous work ethic, will be asked to score more goals this year; senior defender Courtney Shannon, a co-captain and anchor of the defense, does a great job organizing the defense and gets involved in the attack, stepped up last year with a new keeper and injury-riddled defense to have a great season,

her leadership is irreplaceable; junior keeper Mary Ragan, last year was her first ever playing soccer, stepped in and did a tremendous job, still learning the ins and outs of the game but is very athletic and has great reflexes, had a save percentage of 75 percent; senior defender Amy Rowley, played a lot in the midfield last year, is great in the air on 50-50 balls and does

a lot of the little things that don’t show up on the stat sheet; sophomore defender Rachel Nulty and junior defender Jessica Grzyb, marking backs who have played a lot of soccer and know the game very well, smart and tough players who will be asked to play larger roles this season; junior forward Robyn Terrell, one of the focal players up front who will be asked to

pick up the scoring load from Kennedy, has a quick first step and uncanny ability to score in a crowd, had four goals and three assists last year; sophomore midfielder Alex Simpson and senior midfielder Sara Couch, first-year starters last year who progressed well, will play on the flanks along with Sarah Lindner

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Coach: Amy Dillingham Last year in review: Second in Triad Athletic Conference; two players from that team lost to graduation, three to other schools and three to other sports. Key returners: Clayton Brewer, sophomore, played No. 1 last year; Luke Vandeplancke, sophomore, played Nos. 5 and 6; senior Chris Lewis, got time at No. 6 last year; and eighth-grader Chris Staton, a key player in the top six all last year. The coach says: “We hope to be competitive in our conference, of course, and I would like to get the lineup nailed down as soon as possible so the boys can just concentrate and work on their games to get ready for a quick start.”

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(junior) and Carson Thorn (junior); Simpson scored four goals last year and is great possessing the ball on the outside. Key newcomers: Freshman midfielder Meghan Ingram, talented and hardworking, will start at defensive mid and bring energy and toughness; eighthgrade forward Avery Keefe, will start up front and some in the midfield, maybe the team’s most skilled player, a great athlete with potential to score a lot; freshmen Sarah Kate Christiansen (defender/midfielder), Kennedy Thompson (forward), Oby Nwamu (forward/defender) and Elizabeth Lawrence (keeper). The coach says: “Last year’s team was talented, but young. The players this

year have adjusted to new roles and improved their all-around game. While we lost most of our scoring, I feel confident several players will fill the void. Defensively we are strong. The key to this year’s success will be how much time we can possess the ball in our attacking third. Every year our goal is to play on the final weekend of the season, and this season is no different. We have a good mix of talent and experience – something that was missing last year. There are some really good teams in our conference, but the girls feel they can compete with some of the best in the state. They have worked extremely hard so far and have a great attitude. We’re looking forward to an exciting and successful season.”



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5 – Baseball at Calvary, 4 5 – Softball vs. Burlington Chr., 4 5 – Soccer at Caldwell, 4 5 – Golf at Calvary, 4 5 – Lax vs. Durham Acad., 5 6 – Baseball at Charlotte CD. 1 9 – Baseball at N. Davidson, 5:30 9 – Softball vs. Clover, 4:30 9 – Soccer at Clt. Latin, 7 9 – Tennis at Ragsdale, 4 9 – Golf at Westchester, 4 9 – Lax at NE Guilford, 7 16 – Softball at Burlington Chr., 4 16 – Soccer at SW Guilford, 7 16 – Tennis vs. Ragsdale, 4 16 – Golf at Ravenscroft, 4 16 – Lax vs. SW Guilford, 5 19 – Baseball vs. HP Christian, 7 19 – Soccer at Page, 7 19 – Tennis vs. HP Christian, 4 19 – Lax vs. Parkland, 5 22 – Baseball at Ravenscroft, 5 22 – Soccer vs. Forsyth Home, 6 22 – Tennis vs. Durham Acad., 4 22 – Golf at Durham Acad., 4 22 – Lax at Ravenscroft, 5 23 – Softball at Durham Acad., 4:30 23 – Soccer at Durham Acad., 5 23 – Tennis vs. Westchester, 4 23 – Golf at Forsyth CD, 4 30 – Baseball vs. American Chr., at Alabama, 6:30 31 – Baseball vs. Holy Spirit, at Alabama, 5

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Coach: Michael Prillaman Last year in review: Finished with strong play and high expectations for a great season in 2010; all-conference: Ashley Morgan, Jill Tucker. Key returners: Senior Ashley Morgan (pitcher/infielder), junior Carrie Boone (pitcher), junior Erilyn Corliss (catcher), junior Jill Tucker (infield), sophomore Lauren Mock (outfield), freshman Ashton Prillaman (outfield), freshman Taylor Travers (infield) Key newcomers: Sophomores Rachael Luck and Skyler Cuevas will add strength to the defense and speed; freshman pitcher Sarah Horne adds depth to the defense; Casey Gerringer and Leah Workman are up from JV and will play key roles while pushing for starting positions. The coach says: “This season is going to be an exciting one to see how our kids respond to the challenge and step up their level of play. We are still a young team, with the majority of our roster being sophomores and freshmen. However, I am looking forward to seeing the team’s progression as we continue to lay the foundation for success

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Wesleyan’s softball team is looking for a break-through season behind team leaders (from left) Erilyn Corliss, Ashley Morgan and Carrie Boone. in our program. Our team learned a lot last year, as we were able to persevere and learn from our experiences week to week. I am very excited about how the team is meshing so early in the season. Defensively, we have several players who can play each position, and that has created a lot of competition to see who the starters will be. With the addition of five new faces,

it has inspired a harder work ethic and focus during practice and I am looking for that to translate over to our games. Offensively, we have added depth in our lineup, top to bottom, and speed to go along with it. I am very proud of how hard they have worked, the fresh attitude they have and the level of intensity they are bringing to the field. Let’s have a great season this year, girls!”

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Coach: Colin Kennedy (first year head coach, two-year assistant, currently a junior at High Point University and three-year member of HPU club team, 2007 graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School, Westwood, Mass., played for state runner-up in 2007.

Last year in review: Second season of JV play for new program

Key returners: Senior midfielder Sam Young, three-year captain; senior defender Conner Andrews, two-year captain; senior attack Jacob Talley, captain; senior goalie Spencer Meekins, two-year starter; senior defender Palmer Record, three-year starter; senior midfielder John Bradley, twoyear starter; senior attack Patrick Blower, three-year starter; senior

midfielder Harrison Beck, two-year starter. The coach says: “Even though this is our first year as a varsity team, we have a lot of experience from our seniors. With hard work and determination, the playoffs aren’t out of sight for us. We will control the tempo on offense and force turnovers on defense.”

April

1 – Baseball vs. Hale Co., at Alabama, 5:30 1-3 – Golf at Palmetto Classic, Myrtle Beach 6 – Baseball vs. Cary Acad., 5:30 6 – Softball vs. Cary Acad., 5 6 – Soccer vs. Cary Acad., 6 6 – Tennis vs. Cary Acad., 4:30 6 – Golf at G’boro Day, 4 6 – Lax vs. Cary Acad., 5 8 – Golf at Prov. Day, 2 9 – Baseball at G’boro Day, 4:30 9 – Softball at G’boro Day, 4:30 9 – Soccer at G’boro Day, 7 9 – Tennis at G’boro Day, 4:30 9 – Track at Forsyth CD, 4

9 – Lax at G’boro Day, 5 12 – Baseball vs. G’boro Day, 7 12 – Softball vs. G’boro Day, 4:30 12 – Soccer vs. G’boro Day, 7 12 – Tennis vs. G’boro Day, 4:30 12 – Lax vs. G’boro Day, 5 13 – Baseball at G’boro Day, 4:30 13 – Softball vs. Cannon, 4:30 13 – Soccer vs. HP Christian, 7 13 – Tennis vs. N. Raleigh, 4:30 13 – Golf at Forsyth Home, 4 15 – Soccer vs. Prov. Day, 5:30 19 – Baseball at Covenant, 4 19 – Golf at HP Christian, 4 20 – Baseball vs. Westchester, 5 20 – Softball vs. Forsyth CD, 4:30 20 – Soccer vs. Forsyth CD, 7 20 – Tennis vs. Forsyth CD, 4:30 20 – Track at Durham Acad., 4 20 – Golf host PACIS match, 4 20 – Lax vs. Forsyth CD, 5 22 – Baseball at Grace, 5 22 – Softball vs. HP Christian, 4:30 22 – Soccer at Grace, 5 22 – Tennis vs. Grace, 4 22 – Golf at Grace, 4 22 – Lax at SW Guilford, 7:30 23 – Softball vs. Calvary, 4:30 26 – Baseball vs. Forsyth CD, 5 27 – Baseball at Forsyth CD, 4:30 27 – Softball at Gaston Chr., 5 27 – Soccer at Forsyth Home, 4:30 27 – Tennis at Westchester, 4 27 – Lax at Caldwell, 4 29 – Soccer at Cannon, 7 29 – Tennis at Cannon, 4:30 29 – Golf vs. Cary, 4 30 – Baseball vs. Forsyth CD, 4 30 – Softball at Prov. Day, 4:30 30 – Track at Cary Acad., 4

May

1 – Baseball vs. TBA, at HiToms Classic 3 – Baseball at Westchester, 5 3 – Softball at Forsyth CD, 5:30 3 – Soccer at Forsyth CD, 7 3 – Tennis at Forsyth CD, 4 3 – Lax at Forsyth CD, 6 6 – Softball at HP Christian, 4:30 8 – Track at PACIS Champs., 10 a.m.

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WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY GOLF

Coach: Scott Davis (eighth year)

Coach: Alan Spainhour (sixth year)

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Last year in review: Lost six seniors, including Wil Myers (K.C. Royals, 91st pick), Logan Self (Campbell), Clinton Ingram (Campbell) and Tyler Hickernell (GTCC); finished as PACIS cochampions and reached NCISAA 3A championship series, losing to Charlotte Christian one year after beating the same school for the 2008 title; 17-5 overall; five All-PACIS performers. Key returners: Senior second baseman Cameron Hendrix – shifting after being three-year starter at third, hit .377 last season, counted upon to be a big run producer, in tremendous condition and has developed a lot of strength; junior third baseman Casey Corn – shifting from second, where he started last year, hit .388 and had second-highest OBP at .492 (Myers, .663), will lead off, go deep in counts and also provide some power, has gotten stronger and quicker, also will be a rotational starter on the mound; junior catcher Chris Ferrante – starter since eighth grade at numerous positions, hit .361 last year, productive hitter also counted upon as a pitcher; senior right fielder Nathan Midkiff – starter since freshman year, has improved greatly and will be counted upon to provide offensive punch due to a revamped swing and approach, also will catch in cer-

Last year in review: Wesleyan made the state 3A playoffs and finished eighth. The team also had its best finish in the Palmetto Invitational at Myrtle Beach in the last six years, placing in the first flight – there were five flights with teams from all over the country.

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Graduation losses took a heavy toll on the perennially strong Trojans’ baseball team, but hopes remain high thanks to players such as (from left) Taylor Smith, Cameron Hendrix, Nathan Midkiff and Donnie Caldwell. tain situations; junior shortstop/pitcher David Anderson – leader in the middle and a rotational starter, provided depth last season as a utility player, counted upon to provide important innings and quality at-bats this year; senior second baseman Taylor Smith – adds depth and provides key leadership; senior outfielder Donnie Caldwell – part-time starter since freshman season, excellent outfielder with chance to win job in center if he shows the ability to swing the bat, has excellent speed, has been a great asset. Key newcomers: Junior pitcher/shortstop/ catcher Bennett Hixson – Ragsdale transfer, the ace of our staff, will hit in the middle of the lineup and be counted upon as a big RBI guy, can play anywhere on

the infield; sophomore first baseman/pitcher Nick Blackwood – Southern Guilford transfer, started as a freshman at third base, could be used there in key situations depending on who is on the mound, hits from the left side, very disciplined, has some pop and the ability to drive in runs; sophomore outfielder Kyle Washam – Southern transfer, started in center as a freshman, outstanding speed, will compete for a starting spot; sophomore outfielder Cameron George – up from JV, excellent athlete, good speed, will compete for time, if he hits could play a lot; sophomore pitcher Ethan Brown – full-time JV player who could see key varsity innings on the mound; junior infielders Greg Key and Vincent Banks – up from JV, will add depth.

The coach says: “We expect to be very competitive in conference play. Our conference is getting much more competitive, as Greensboro Day and Forsyth Country Day are putting a bigger emphasis on their baseball programs. We lost the biggest senior class in 2009 and are very, very young; however, we will always have high expectations. This team has the potential to be the most athletic and best defensive team we have had in many years. We have lost a tremendous amount of run production (30 homers, close to 200 runs scored in 22 games), but we should play much better defense. Our pitching staff will be very young and inexperienced, but will compete hard. We look forward to watching these kids grow and develop together.”

Key returners: Senior Michael Hunter has played between the No. 2 and 4 positions, senior Andrew Welborn has played between Nos. 4 and 6, and junior Jamie Canaday has played between the second and fourth spots

in the lineup. Canaday played a busy schedule of tournament golf in the offseason and has worked hard on his game. Sophomore Davis Womble, in his fourth season on the varsity, has continued to improve his game while growing at a tremendous pace. He won the Donald Ross Junior Championship at Pinehurst in December and has moved up the rankings on the national scene. The coach says: “Our goal is to make the effort necessary to improve throughout the season and hopefully make the state playoffs, which is a difficult challenge.”

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Coach: Matt Barber (12th year) Last year in review: Several PACIS champions, including Kacie Sledge in discus and high jump; she was 3A state runner-up in discus. Key returners: Sophomore Drew Thompson in the

1600; senior Kacie Sledge in the discus and high jump; junior David Leonard in the high jump; Drew Crenshaw in the 110 hurdles and relays. Key newcomers: Senior Joseph Mashburn, a soccer player, will be an excel-

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Ready to get their kicks

The Wesleyan Christian Academy girls soccer team seeks a successful spring season behind returning standouts such as (from left) Sarah Burns, Elly Johnson, Liz Schonover, Brooke Hunsucker and Lashley Kirkman.

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TRACK Excitement grows for Trojans FROM PAGE 11

lent sprinter; sophomore Zack Hostetler; DJ Rizos is a wrestler we are excited about having this year. The coach says: “I am excited about coaching this season and being able to host a couple of home meets. I am excited to work with Drew Thompson and some of the distance runners, and excited to see if Kacie can win states in the discus.”

WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY TENNIS

SOUTHWEST GUILFORD SOCCER

Coach: Gaylon Peel

Coach: Andres Schroeder (third year)

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Last year in review: Lost top three players

Last year in review: 10-103, second in the Piedmont Triad Conference, lost in the second round of 3A playoffs; had a lot of experience with nine seniors, but did not fulfill our potential. “I had high hopes for last year’s team,” Schroeder said. “However, lack of passion and work ethic really hurt us. I blame no one for this but myself.”

Key returners: Sophomore Nathan Crysel, junior JT Hixson, senior Tim Shaw and sophomore Peter Weir will contend for the vacated spots along with the new additions, who bring a good balance of athleticism and talent. Key newcomers: Senior Seth Kirsch, freshman Hudson Owens, senior Jordan Lessard, freshman Robert Held, freshman Austin Eskew, senior Nate Hoggard and junior Matt Rickman. The coach says: “The new on-campus courts have definitely sparked more interest in tennis. The courts are now part of campus activity – more visible, more accessible – and they have generated the largest turnout

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Close to home: Wesleyan Christian Academy’s boys tennis team will be the first to play a full season on new courts at the school. Leading the way this spring will be (from left) Nathan Crysel, Tim Shaw, Seth Kirsch and Nate Hoggard. for varsity and JV since I have been coaching here. While starting positions are still being determined by challenge matches, I anticipate the starting

six for singles and the starting three for doubles will be closely contested as the season progresses. We have a good mix of competitiveness, athleti-

cism and talent throughout the roster and a great team chemistry already. I look forward to seeing these guys play in competition.”

Key returners: Senior midfielder Kate Lamar – allstate, all region, All-PTC, a complete player, leads with her determination and passion, can attack and defend with the best, college-level player, one of the keys for team success this season; senior sweeper Michelle Casserman – all-region, All-PTC, a college prospect who strikes the ball well and is a tenacious defender,

another key player; sophomore Michelle Marrara – all-region, All-PTC, probably one of team’s hardest workers, loves the game, always fighting for the success of the team; sophomore midfielder Morgan “Whacker” Jackson – AllPTC, probably team’s most technical player, smooth on the ball, a scoring threat from outside 18 yards, loves the game and devotes all her energy to helping the team be successful; junior defender Paige Lummert – played a lot of minutes last year, provides nononsense attitude, will play a major role in how far the team goes; sophomore midfielder Marissa Waiter – looking to step up and help team reach its goals, brings personality to the team, is a tenacious defender who will fight until she wins the

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Coach: Melissa Wirth (second year) Last year in review: Finished 5-8-1 as first-year program Key returners: Seniors Julia Barker (defense), Samantha Hasinger (attack), Lindsey Pope (defense wing), Katherine Thompson (defense), Kaitlyn Hines (goalie/attack), Liza Tice (defense) and Donna Jones (attack) The coach says: “As a second-year team, we are looking to build off of our inaugural season. This is the first season lacrosse is recognized by the NCHSAA, and with this will come member-

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The young Cowgirls lacrosse program looks for another strong year from (front, from left) Lindsey Pope and Donna Jones along with (back, from left) Julia Barker, Donna Jones, Samantha Hasinger, Liza Tice and Katherine Thompson. ship in a new conference. We are looking forward

to the competition this will provide and building

new rivalries for years to come.”

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Coach: Matt Ridge; assistant Ryan Richmond Last year in review: Second in Piedmont Triad 3A, 35-9 overall record; all-conference honors for Garrett Wydysh, Gray DePasquale, Colin Burnette, Robert Parker and Chase Runyan

April

1-3 – Baseball vs. TBA, at E. Chapel Hill, TBA

Key returners: Seniors Wydysh, Burnette and Runyan return from last year’s top six.

5 – Tennis at NW Guilford, 4:30 5 – Golf at PTC (Sedgefield), 4 6 – Baseball at Parkland, 7 6 – Softball vs. E. Forsyth, 7 6 – Soccer vs. E. Forsyth, 7 6 – Lax (G) vs. N. Guilford, 5:30 6 – Lax (B) vs. NW Guilford, 7 7 – Baseball vs. Ledford, 6 7 – Track vs. Glenn, 4:30 8 – Softball at SE Guilford, 7 8 – Soccer at HP Central, 7 8 – Tennis at SE Guilford, 4:30 8 – Golf at PTC (Blair), 4 9 – Softball at HP Central, 6 9 – Soccer at NE Guilford, 7 9 – Lax (G) at Ragsdale, 6 9 – Lax (B) vs. Ragsdale, 7 12 – Golf at PTC (Pine Knolls), 4 13 – Baseball at NW Guilford, 7 13 – Softball at Parkland, 7 13 – Golf vs. SW Randolph, 3:30 13 – Lax (G) at Grimsley, 6 13 – Lax (B) vs. W. Guilford, 7 14 – Baseball vs. W. Guilford, 7 14 – Tennis at E. Forsyth, 4:30 14 – Track vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 14 – Lax (G) at G’boro Day, 5 15 – Soccer vs. SE Guilford, 7 15 – Tennis at Ragsdale, 4:30 15 – Golf at PTC (Wilshire), 4 15 – Lax (B) at E. Guilford, 7 16 – Baseball vs. Ragsdale, 7 16 – Soccer vs. S. Alamance, 7 16 – Lax (G) at NW Guilford, 6 19 – Soccer at Page, 7 19 – Tennis vs. HP Central, 4:30 19 – Golf at PTC (Bryan), 4 20 – Baseball vs. Glenn, 7 20 – Softball at NW Guilford, 7 20 – Soccer at NW Guilford, 7 20 – Lax (G) vs. W. Guilford, 6 20 – Lax (B) at Grimsley, 7 21 – Baseball at W. Guilford, 7 21 – Tennis vs. Parkland, 4:30 21 – Track at HP Central, 4:30 21 – Golf host PTC match (Jamestown), 4 22 – Softball vs. Rockingham, 7 22 – Soccer at Ragsdale, 6 22 – Tennis vs. Reagan, 4:30 22 – Golf at Guilford Co. Inv., 1 22 – Lax (B) vs. Wesleyan, 7 23 – Baseball at E. Forsyth, 7 23 – Softball vs. Ragsdale, 7 23 – Lax (G) vs. Page, 6 23 – Lax (B) at NW Guilford, 7 26 – Golf at PTC tourney, 4 27 – Baseball vs. HP Central, 7 27 – Softball vs. Glenn, 7 27 – Soccer vs. Glenn, 7 27 – Lax (G) vs. SE Guilford, 6 29 – Soccer at E. Forsyth, 7 30 – Baseball vs. Parkland, 7 30 – Softball at E. Forsyth, 7

May

4 – Softball vs. HP Central, 7 4 – Soccer vs. HP Central, 7 5 – Softball at Rockingham, 7 5 – Track at PTC Champs., 5 6 – Soccer vs. Parkland, 7 7 – Softball vs. Parkland, 7

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Key newcomers: Junior Davis Hoke: The key player for the Cowboys as a freshman left last year for Veritas Academy and has returned to Southwest. The coach says: “We are really looking forward to this season. We have some really talented and experienced golfers. The addition of Davis Hoke should help us compete for a (Piedmont Triad 4A) conference championship, but I’m sure Ragsdale, Northwest Guilford and Glenn will be very talented, as well. It should be a very competitive league.”

5 – Baseball vs. SE Guilford, 5 5 – Soccer at SE Guilford, 7 5 – Lax (B) vs. E. Guilford, 6 5 – Lax (G) at N. Guilford, 6 8 – Soccer vs. NE Guilford, 7 8 – Tennis vs. Ragsdale, 4:30 9 – Baseball vs. Trinity, 5 9 – Softball vs. NE Guilford, 6:30 9 – Golf at Reagan, 3:30 9 – Lax (G) vs. Ragsdale, 6 9 – Lax (B) vs. SE Guilford, 7:30 10 – Baseball at E. Davidson, 5 10 – Softball at E. Randolph, 6 10 – Tennis at Glenn, 4:30 10 – Track vs. So./SE Guilford, 4:30 10 – Golf vs. N. Guilford, 4 11 – Soccer at N. Guilford, 7 11 – Tennis vs. W. Guilford, 4:30 11 – Golf at N. Guilford, 4 11 – Lax (G) vs. Reagan, 5:30 11 – Lax (B) vs. Bishop, 7:30 12 – Baseball vs. NW Guilford, 7 12 – Softball vs. SE Guilford, 6:30 12 – Soccer at W. Guilford, 7 12 – Lax (G) vs. Grimsley, 6 12 – Lax (B) at N. Guilford, 7:30 15 – Soccer at Reynolds, 7 15 – Tennis vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 15 – Lax (G) vs. NW Guilford, 6 15 – Lax (B) at Ragsdale, 7:30 16 – Baseball at Ragsdale, 7 16 – Soccer vs. Wesleyan, 7 16 – Golf at SW Randolph, 3:30 16 – Lax (B) at Wesleyan, 5 17 – Baseball vs. Andrews, 7 17 – Softball at NE Guilford, 7 17 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 17 – Track vs. NW Guilford, 4:30 18 – Soccer vs. NW Guilford, 7 18 – Tennis vs. SE Guilford, 4:30 18 – Golf at Ledford, 3:30 18 – Lax (G) at W. Guilford, 6 19 – Baseball at Glenn, 7 19 – Softball vs. NW Guilford, 7 19 – Lax (B) at W. Guilford, 7 22 – Soccer at Parkland, 7 22 – Tennis at Parkland, 4:30 23 – Baseball vs. E. Forsyth, 7 23 – Softball at Ragsdale, 7 23 – Soccer vs. Ragsdale, 7 23 – Golf vs. W. Davidson, 3:30 23 – Lax (G) at Page, 6 24 – Baseball vs. Reynolds, 5 24 – Softball at E. Randolph, 6:30 24 – Soccer at Glenn, 7 24 – Tennis at Reynolds, 4:30 24 – Track vs. Rags./Park., 4:30 25 – Tennis at Glenn, 4:30 25 – Golf at PTC (Maple Leaf), 4 25 – Lax (G) at SE Guilford, 6 25 – Lax (B) vs. Grimsley, 7 26 – Baseball at HP Central, 7 26 – Softball at Glenn, 7 29 – Softball at Hoggard tourney, 6 30 – Softball at Hoggard tourney, 10 a.m.

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SOUTHWEST GUILFORD TENNIS

Coach: Reid Holmes (11th year as head coach, 14th total at SWG)

Coach: Denny Wesney (10th year, 13840 record)

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Last year in review: 12-2, 8-0 for Piedmont Triad 3A Conference championship, lost in second round of state playoffs to Ragsdale; Joel Shuford was conference player of the year, Andrew Daniel was a conference singles champion, Shuford and Graham Long were conference doubles champs, and Andrew Daniel and Christian Pfuhl earned all-conference recognition.

Last year in review: 15-12 overall, 8-2 Piedmont Triad 3A Conference (regular-season champs), lost in the third round of the state playoffs to East Rowan; All-PTC honors for Ethan Ogburn (playing at N.C. State), Bo Rein (N.C. A&T), Will Kellam (graduated), Cal Sutphin and Brock Hudgens. Key returners: Senior shortstop/right-handed pitcher Cal Sutphin (.345 average) has signed with Liberty; senior righthanded pitcher/infielder Brock Hudgens (5-1, 2.00 ERA, .335 average, threeyear starter) has signed with Charlotte; senior catcher Elliott Slack (twoyear starter); senior righthanded pitcher/third baseman Davis Inman (.315 average).

Banner year? Cowboys catcher Elliott Slack and teammates (from left) Davis Inman, Cal Sutphin and Brock Hudgens are set to lead Southwest this spring.

Key newcomers: Freshman left-handed pitcher/first baseman Matt Orth; sophomore right-handed pitcher/outfielder Andrew Madden; sophomore outfielder Kyle

The coach says: “With only four returning starters, there are several questions that have to be answered. The big questions are pitching depth and offensive production

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throughout the order. The strengths of our ballclub will be defense up the middle, and we will be fundamentally sound. I feel like we will be very competitive in a very difficult conference. The Piedmont Triad 4A Conference consists of three conference champions from last year and all seven teams made the playoffs.”

Key returners: Senior Joel Shuford at No. 1 (9-3 singles, 10-2 doubles); junior Andrew Daniel at No. 3 (13-3 singles, 6-2 doubles); senior Christian Pfuhl at No. 5 (7-2 singles); junior Greg Funk at No. 6 (7-3 singles, 5-1 doubles); senior Kevin Lyons at No. 7 (1-2 singles, 10-2 doubles at No. 3); junior Andrew Everhart at No. 8 (5-0 singles); junior Stephen McDaniel at No. 9 (5-2 doubles); sophomore Stuart Michel at No. 10 (3-0 doubles). Key newcomers: Freshman Austin Lynk most likely will play in the top four this season – talented and extremely competitive, with a good pedigree

(brother Travis played No. 1 from 2005-07); freshman Danny Gillespie has a chance to make an impact in doubles; junior Gray DePasquale played golf last season and is coming off a broken ankle. He is trying to get back into the tennis groove after not having played for several years and could make an impact by midseason. The coach says: “We have a very good mix of experienced upperclassmen with some talented newcomers this season. Joel Shuford gives us a veteran at No. 1 and will help anchor our doubles with Andrew Daniel. Kevin Lyons has really stepped forward and is playing some excellent doubles. Greg Funk, Stephen McDaniel, Andrew Everhart and Stuart Michel are all talented doubles players and will be competing for playing time in singles and doubles. Moving into 4A presents new challenges and a much more competitive conference. We anticipate competing with Northwest Guilford and Ragsdale for the conference championship with High Point Central and East Forsyth nipping at our heels. Hopefully, our experience and challenging nonconference slate will help us to achieve success.”

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New challenges await Southwest Guilford’s tennis team in the tough Piedmont Triad 4A Conference. Leading the charge for the perennial power this spring will be (from left) Joel Shuford, Austin Lynk, Christian Pfuhl, Andrew Daniel and Kevin Lyons.


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ball; sophomore midfielder Samantha Henry – has shown a lot of improvement, could really take charge and help in the midfield by winning early balls and getting solid crosses in for finishes, a key player; sophomore attacker Claire Deese – probably team’s most athletic member, a threat up top with speed, agility and a great attacking mind, a big weapon. Key newcomers: Half the roster – the biggest surprise is the play, ability, maturity and overall outstanding skills of freshmen Maggie Clark, Kristen Edwards and Brooke Masi, who will play major roles in team’s success; two keepers will push each other for playing time in junior Kayla Krueger and sophomore Rebecca Mortenson; juniors Kristen Nanney and Gabbie Sinteral up from the JV will provide help; freshman Hannah Burnette will be a consistent player as the year progresses.

The coach says: “Our outlook is simple: Improve each and every day, be better today than what we were yesterday. If we carry that mentality throughout the season, we will hopefully advance in the playoffs. This is the youngest team I’ve ever had to coach, so my approach will be a little different. Our conference will be very tough and we hope to compete in every game. We will be in every game, no doubt about that; whether we get the results or not will depend on how quickly we learn our system and begin playing off of each other and working together. Although we are really young, I am extremely excited about this team. I think our youth will help us out, our training sessions have been long and tough, and they continue to respond, ‘Give us more.’ Our key positions will be finding the right keeper and finding a consistent goal scorer.�

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5 – Baseball vs. Trinity, 5 5 – Softball vs. S. Guilford, 6 8 – Tennis at NW Guilford, 4:30 9 – Baseball at E. Forsyth, 7 9 – Softball vs. Grimsley, 6 9 – Soccer at Asheboro, 6 10 – Baseball at S. Guilford, 5 10 – Tennis vs. Parkland, 4:30 10 – Track at E. Forsyth, 5 10 – Golf at S. Guilford, 4 11 – Softball vs. Page, 6 11 – Soccer at S. Guilford, 6 11 – Tennis vs. S. Guilford, 4:30 11 – Golf vs. Asheboro, 4 12 – Softball at S. Guilford, 6 15 – Golf vs. Andrews, 4:30 16 – Baseball vs. NW Guilford,

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Coach: Kate Finch (first season), assistants Kristen Allred (HPC grad in 2004) and Suzanne White (HPC grad in 2002)

7 16 – Softball at E. Forsyth, 6 16 – Soccer at E. Forsyth, 6 16 – Tennis at Glenn, 4:30 17 – Baseball vs. S. Guilford, 5 17 – Tennis vs. SW Guilford, 4:30 17 – Track at S. Guilford, 4:30 17 – Golf vs. S. Guilford, 4 18 – Softball vs. Andrews, 6 18 – Soccer at Andrews, 6 18 – Tennis at Asheboro, 4:30 18 – Golf vs. Trinity, 4 19 – Baseball at Parkland, 7 19 – Softball vs. Trinity, 6 22 – Tennis vs. Ragsdale, 4:30 23 – Baseball at Glenn, 7 23 – Softball vs. NW Guilford, 6 23 – Soccer at NW Guilford, 7 23 – Golf at Andrews, 4 24 – Baseball at Williams, 6 24 – Tennis vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 24 – Track at NW Guilford, 5 25 – Soccer vs. Parkland, 6 25 – Tennis at Andrews, 4:30 25 – Golf at PTC (Maple Leaf), 4:30 26 – Baseball vs. SW Guilford, 7 26 – Softball at Parkland, 6

Last year in review: 6-9 Key returners: Molly Shank (senior midfielder/ forward), Taylor Johnson (senior midfielder), Keri Nichols (sophomore defender), Stephanie Verdi (junior midfielder), Maja Salcin (sophomore mid) Key newcomers: Katherine Andrews (freshman mid/ forward), Evelyn Cabon (freshman defender), Virginia Cheek (sophomore defender/mid) The coach says: “The coaching staff is really excited about our season! We have a great core group of players who have worked extremely hard during our preseason workouts! Our team’s work ethic is something that has stood out

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Heads up! High Point Central’s soccer squad will be led by (clockwise, from top) Katherine Andrews, Taylor Johnson, Molly Shank, Virginia Cheek and Keri Nichols. to us as new coaches – we have been very impressed! Although we are a very young team, we hope to

have combined leadership from our seniors and some of our younger players. Our freshman class will be

led by Kathryn Andrews, and Molly Shank and Taylor Johnson are our two promising senior leaders.”

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Coach: Wes Parrish (fourth year) Last year in review: 9-7 overall, fourth in the Metro 4A Conference; All-Metro honors for Will Swing and Taylor Tutton Key returners: Junior Taylor Tutton at No. 1, senior Will Swing at No. 2, sophomore Harrison Reece at No. 3, senior Reilly Finnegan at No. 4 and junior Jes Smothers

at No. 5; other returners include juniors Joel Chambers, Nicky Bowling, Cooper Shelby and Kishan Patel, sophomore Sam Hawley, and senior Ali Khan. Key newcomers: Freshman Matt Tutton at No. 6 singles; other newcomers include freshman Tripp Smith, sophomores JV Hipp and Thomas Gooding, juniors Jackson Fetner, Jeremy Anderson and Will Webb,

and senior Joseph Blankenship. The coach says: “I think this year will definitely be one of the best seasons so far. We have a lot of guys – more than have ever come out before – and they all are excited about the season, which makes me happy knowing that they have a lot of heart. Hopefully, all the guys will stay healthy, and we should be very competitive.”

April

2 – Baseball at Trinity, 7 3 – Baseball vs. S. Caldwell, at N. Davidson, 1 5 – Golf at PTC (Sedgefield), 4:30 6 – Baseball vs. Wheatmore, 7 6 – Softball at Glenn, 7 6 – Soccer at Glenn, 7 7 – Baseball vs. Andrews, 7 7 – Tennis vs. NW Guilford, 4:30

7 – Track vs. Parkland, 5 8 – Soccer vs. SW Guilford, 7 8 – Tennis vs. Andrews, 4:30 8 – Golf host PTC (Blair), 4:30 9 – Baseball vs. E. Forsyth, 7 9 – Softball vs. SW Guilford, 6 12 – Baseball vs. Dudley, 7 12 – Tennis at Parkland, 4:30 12 – Golf at PTC (Pine Knoll), 4:30 13 – Baseball vs. Ragsdale, 7 13 – Softball vs. Ragsdale, 6 13 – Soccer vs. Ragsdale, 7 13 – Track vs. Glenn, 5 13 – Golf at Trinity, 4 15 – Softball at Andrews, 6 15 – Soccer vs. Andrews, 6 15 – Tennis vs. Glenn, 4:30 15 – Golf at PTC (Wilshire), 4:30 16 – Baseball at NW Guilford, 7 16 – Track at Guilford Co. Champs., 5:30 17 – Track at Guilford Co. Champs., 9 a.m. 19 – Softball vs. E. Forsyth, 6 19 – Soccer vs. E. Forsyth, 7 19 – Tennis at SW Guilford, 4:30 19 – Golf at PTC (Bryan), 4:30 20 – Baseball vs. Parkland, 7 21 – Tennis at Ragsdale, 4:30 21 – Track vs. SW Guilford, 5 21 – Golf at PTC (Jamestown), 4:30 22 – Baseball at SW Randolph, 6 22 – Soccer vs. NW Guilford, 7 22 – Golf at Guilford Co. Champ., 1 23 – Baseball vs. Glenn, 7 23 – Softball at NW Guilford, 6 26 – Golf at PTC tourney (Sedgefield), 1 27 – Baseball at SW Guilford, 7 27 – Softball vs. Parkland, 6 27 – Soccer at Parkland, 7 27 – Tennis at PTC Champs., 1 28 – Track vs. Ragsdale, 5 29 – Soccer vs, Glenn, 7 30 – Baseball at Ragsdale, 7 30 – Softball vs. Glenn, 6

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4 – Softball at SW Guilford, 6 4 – Soccer at SW Guilford, 7 5 – Track host PTC Champs., 4 6 – Soccer at Ragsdale, 6 6 – Track host PTC Champs., 4 7 – Softball at Ragsdale, 6

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HIGH POINT CENTRAL TRACK AND FIELD

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Coaches: Wayne Jones (boys), Robert Hill (girls) Last year in review: Boys – fourth in Metro 4A Conference, had state champion Desmond Kennedy and second-place David Ledbetter in triple jump; Girls – Neal Morris Invitational champions, did not lose until conference championships after hamstring injury sidelined Gabrielle Gray. Key performers: Boys – Aaron Leach in the 110 and 300 hurdles, Akeem Langham in the 100 and 200, Martize Smith and Sebastin Schulz in the shot put and discus (Smith was All-Metro in discus), William McCauley and Al-DaQuan Teasley in the long jump, Richard Segal in the 1600 and 3200, Tyreek Sparks in the high jump, triple jump and long jump, Jeremy Williams in the 400, Shaq Bethea in the high jump (All-Metro) and newcomer Kevin Permenter also will compete in the 400; Girls – sophomore

Gabrielle Gray, one of the top sprinters in the state, last year before the injury ran 11.98 in the 100 and 24.79 in the 200; sophomore Ashia Langham was a regional qualifier in the 300 hurdles and 1600 relay, and this year will also compete in the 100 hurdles; sophomore Caprisha Pegram will run the 300 and 100 hurdles, moving from the 100 dash, where she was a regional qualifier; she also ran on the 400 relay that qualified for state; sophomore Tevyn Jones will high jump again after AllMetro showing; also competes on the 1600 relay team with Gray, Langham and Pegram; Lisa Appadu, Rebekah Stanton and Aderike Anjorn all return and will run the 400; Sarah King and Stephanie Blair return for distance events; senior Alexis Woodley runs the 100 and 300 hurdles, stepping in on anchor leg in 400 relay last year when Gray was out; senior hurdler Hollis Dameron also will contribute.

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Top returning players (from left) Sam Smotherman, Houston Ison, Alex Bridges, Seth Beane and Evan Aguilar will be looking to impress new High Point Central baseball coach Ken Morgan this spring.

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Coach: Ken Morgan (first year) Last year in review: 10-14, fourth place in Metro 4A Conference; lost in first round of state playoffs to North Meck in first playoff appearance for Bison baseball since the 1940s; all-conference honors for Houston Ison and Evan Aguilar. Key returners: Senior Houston Ison (outfielder, right-handed pitcher,

catcher), senior Evan Aguilar (shortstop, right-handed pitcher), senior Alex Bridges (first baseman, right-handed pitcher) Key newcomers: Freshman Weston Wilson (infielder, right-handed pitcher) The coach says: “Our hope for the season is to develop an attitude for winning and an understanding

of the work it takes to compete at a high level. We believe that with the young men we have out here there is a potential to create a lot of positives for our baseball team. The conference is expected to be one of the best in the state, so it will be a grind every time you cross those lines. There are some very talented players who are well-coached, and that makes for a strong conference.”

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Coach: Kim Stalnaker (12th year) Last year in review: Fourth place in Metro 4A; graduated conference Player of the Year Darryl Kalil.

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High Point Central’s track and field team has speed to burn with (from left) Rebekah Stanton, Gabrielle Gray and Lisa Appadu.

Key returners: Senior Sam Duckett, torn ACL during last year’s season, team captain this year; senior Ian Snelgrove, needed to have a big year for team to be successful; sophomore Houstin Butler, proven starter as a freshman, expected to have a great year. Key newcomers: Freshman Justin

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Don’t miss the HPC golf photo. 18 Franklin, capable of shooting par, team will advance as far as he can carry it; freshman Mathew Krawczyk, also capable of going low; freshman Kevin Green, another freshman who holds team’s success or failure in his young but capable hands. The coach says: “The Bison will start

three freshmen as Nos. 1, 2 and 3. This is a first for any Bison golf team. Starting three freshmen on any varsity team normally spells disaster – I choose to think of it as building for the future. When Drew Weaver was a freshman he started in the six hole for our team. There are two eighth-graders at Ferndale who can play. We will add them next year to our young squad and be formidable. If our youthful squad this year can compete in every match against all competition, it will be a successful year!”


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Catching up: The Bison softball team hopes to keep climbing with players such as (from left) Caitlin Kennedy, Jennifer Lindh, Kaylor Reece, Katerina Canter and Mesha Cabrera.

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HIGH POINT CENTRAL SOFTBALL

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should be the most exciting freshman in Piedmont Triad 4A, has solid knowledge of softball, was great with bat and glove in middle school); Ashley Yarborough (junior center fielder, did not play last year, good glove, will replace Johnson). The coach says: “I’m excited about this year’s team. Talent and athleticism is what we are fortunate to have. What we can do with it is the question. We lost one senior and are returning a wealth of leadership from five seniors. We have added some new faces that will support and grow to enhance our team in the upcoming years. Kennedy and Starr will gear up with a wealth of talent to lead the Bison to a successful season.”

Teeing it up for HPC are Colton Woods and (back, from left) Kevin Green, Josh Skinner, Chris Hill, Ian Snelgrove, Matthew Krawczyk, Garrett Brewer, Houstin Butler, Justin Franklin and Sam Duckett. DON DAVIS JR. | HPE

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March

T. W. ANDREWS SOFTBALL

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Coach: Robert Vera (sixth year) Last year in review: 3-18, 2-8 Piedmont Triad 3A Key returners: Senior catcher Raven Dawkins, junior shortstop Elaina Skarote, junior pitcher Jacqueline Vera, senior third baseman Jamie Bailey, senior first baseman Tiarra Chavis. Key newcomers: Senior Anna Yanez helping with pitching and sophomore Turquoia Payne helping with a big bat. The coach says: “I’m looking for good things this year. We’re hoping to gel together as a team. Being in a new conference (the PAC-6 2A), we will keep it simple by putting it together with smart pitching, good defense and great hitting. I’m excited, the girls are excited and we’re just hoping to make some noise here at T.W. Andrews High School.”

Andrews’ softball team is led by (front, from left) Tiarra Chavis, Anna Yanez and Jacqueline Vera along with (back, from left) Jamie Bailey and Elaina Skarote. DON DAVIS JR. | HPE

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5 – Baseball at Dudley, 7:30 8 – Tennis vs. Atkins, 4:30 9 – Baseball at Page, 6:30 9 – Softball at Parkland, 5:30 10 – Baseball vs. S. Stokes, 7:30 10 – Tennis at Trinity, 4:30 10 – Track at NW Guilford, 5 11 – Soccer vs. E. Guilford, 6 12 – Baseball at C. Davidson, 6 15 – Softball at Grimsley, 5:30 15 – Soccer vs. S. Guilford, 6 15 – Tennis vs. Randleman, 4:30 16 – Baseball vs. Atkins, 5 16 – Track at Trinity, 4:30 17 – Baseball at SW Guilford, 7:30 17 – Tennis vs. Carver, 4:30 18 – Softball at HP Central, 6 18 – Soccer vs. HP Central, 6 18 – Tennis at S. Guilford, 4:30 18 – Golf vs. S. Guilford, 4 19 – Baseball at Trinity, 7 22 – Soccer vs. Atkins, 6 22 – Tennis at Wheatmore, 4:30 22 – Golf host PAC 6 match, 4 23 – Baseball vs. Randleman, 7 23 – Softball vs. Atkins, 5 23 – Track at Atkins, 4:30 24 – Baseball vs. Dudley, 7:30 24 – Soccer at Trinity, 6 24 – Tennis at Atkins, 4:30 25 – Golf at Atkins, 4 26 – Baseball vs. Carver, 7 26 – Softball at Trinity, 4:30

April 6 – Softball vs. Ragsdale, 5 6 – Tennis vs. S. Guilford, 4:30 7 – Baseball at HP Central, 7 7 – Soccer at E. Guilford, 6 7 – Tennis vs. E. Guilford, 4:30 8 – Softball at S. Guilford, 5 10 – Track at Neil Morris Invitational, 9 12 – Soccer vs. Randleman, 6

7 13 – Softball vs. Randleman, 5 13 – Track at Carver, 4 14 – Baseball at C. Davidson, 6 14 – Soccer vs. Carver, 6 15 – Softball vs. HP Central, 6 15 – Soccer at HP Central, 6 15 – Golf at Carver, 4 16 – Baseball at Atkins, 5 16 – Softball vs. Carver, 5 19 – Softball vs. Parkland, 5:30 19 – Soccer at Wheatmore, 6 19 – Tennis at Carver, 4:30 19 – Golf at Trinity, 4 20 – Baseball vs. Trinity, 7 20 – Softball at Wheatmore, 5 20 – Track vs. Carver/Atkins, 4:30 21 – Soccer at Atkins, 6 21 – Tennis vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 22 – Golf at Wheatmore, 4 23 – Baseball at Randleman, 7 23 – Softball at Atkins, 5 26 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 6 27 – Baseball at Carver, 5 27 – Softball vs. Trinity, 5 27 – Golf host PAC 6 Champ., 4 28 – Soccer at Randleman, 6 28 – Tennis host PAC 6 Champs., 1 29 – Baseball vs. Wheatmore, 7 30 – Softball at Randleman, 5

May 3 – Baseball at PAC 6 tourney, TBA 3 – Soccer at Carver, 6 4 – Softball at Carver, 5 5 – Soccer vs. Wheatmore, 6 6 – Softball vs. Wheatmore, 5 10 – Softball at PAC 6 tourney, TBA

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T.W. ANDREWS BASEBALL

ANDREWS SOCCER

Coach: Tony Henthorn (first year)

Coach: Kesandra Farmer (first year at T. Wingate Andrews, first year coaching)

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Last year in review: 5-17 overall Key returners: Matt Rutledge, junior shortstop/ pitcher – expecting big things this year, continues to grow into a good player, will catch the eyes of many; Ra’Shaun Baker, senior first baseman/pitcher – good power at the plate, confidence continuing to grow on the mound; Jamal Poe, senior utility – plays everywhere with confidence and determination, not too much that holds him back; D.J. Jones, senior catcher – true leader with a huge heart, qualities every coach looks for; Jamar Jimmerson, senior outfielder/pitcher – his season to step up and prove himself; Joshua DeWitt, senior third baseman – hard-nosed and gritty,

Last year in review: 3-12-1, fifth out of six teams in the Piedmont Triad 3A Conference.

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The Red Raider baseball team is looking to make a mark in the new PAC-6 2A behind the likes of (from left) D.J. Jones, Caleb Collins, Ra’Shaun Baker, Jamar Jimmerson and Jamal Poe. working hard to correct things from last season. Key newcomers: Caleb Collins, senior left fielder/ shortstop – returning to Andrews for his last year, brings leadership, confidence and heart; Ed

Squires, junior outfielder/ pitcher – up from JV, has something to prove to his teammates and himself by showing he is the right man for the job; Daniel “DJ” Troupe, sophomore outfielder/pitcher – hard worker who is open-mind-

ed, learning new roles he did not have on JV; Qualin Price, freshman infielder/ outfielder. The coach says: “2009 was a bittersweet year – we lost a lot of hard-fought games but learned a lot

about ourselves in the process. Last season is a catalyst for this year and will feed our hunger for winning. With the new conference (PAC-6 2A), we will be able to surprise and open some eyes.”

Net-minders Members of the T. Wingate Andrews tennis team looking to play well this season include (from left) Syed Ahmed, Allan Herendeen, Corey Perry and Chris Fairley. The Red Raiders will play for a second straight season on newly resurfaced courts, and once again will share their facility with Southwest Guilford as the neighboring Cowboys await word on when their new on-campus courts will be constructed. Last year, Andrews and Southwest were conference rivals in the Piedmont Triad 3A, but won’t meet with league bragging rights on the line this spring: Andrews now calls the PAC-6 2A home, while Southwest moved up to the Piedmont Triad 4A. DON DAVIS JR. | HPE

Key returners: Mya Wilson (captain), a senior, main position is forward but plays great on the defensive side as well; Stephanie Joseph (captain), a senior, plays aggressively at forward and also led the team in scoring last season; Aqsha Zaman, a junior left-midfielder, a versatile player. Key newcomers: Freshman Chelsea Larkin (forward), junior Sanjuana Rojas (right-midfielder), senior Porsha Spears (first-time goalie). The coach says: “Over half of the squad is made up of freshmen. However, I feel that experience may not be an issue for us. I see a lot of potential in my players and a willingness to get the win. This season we’re hoping for a great deal of growth individually and as a team, and for an overall great last season for the seniors.”


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TRINITY SOFTBALL

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Coach: David House (first year) Last year in review: 11-8-1, lost to Hickory Ridge in first round of 3A playoffs; first time in fast-pitch era to reach playoffs, set school record for runs scored, all-conference honors for Brittany Donathan, Scout Albertson, Tori Butler and Ashley Stacy (honorable mention). Key returners: Infielder Scout Albertson, the catalyst that will make us go, a great player and great leader, very good defensive player, and has the stick to be a great offensive player, makes any coach’s job easier because she is like another coach on the field; Brittany Donathan – a pitcher who can take over any game because of great control

and knowing how to mix pitches to be really effective, how well she pitches will determine how well we do, has a smooth lefty swing and can surprise with her power; Tori Butler – utility player willing to play wherever needed for the team to be successful, will play center field and pitch, can be dominant on the mound if she continues to learn how to hit spots and work corners, puts fear in opposing pitchers’ eyes because of her ability to hit the best pitch and hit it well, causes problems with her speed; Ashley Stacy – a coach’s dream, asked to play catcher this season and has not complained, has worked hard and is willing to take a beating behind the plate to make her senior season

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TRINITY BASEBALL

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Coach: Rob Shore (fourth year) Last year in review: 12-13, one win away from a playoff berth out of the Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference, nine wins better than the 2008 season

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A new lineup is ready to hit the links for T. Wingate Andrews, with hopefuls (left , from front to back) Juan Garcia, Ryan Crump, Ronald Rojas and Keyonne Horne along with (right, from front) Chris Guy, Joseph Breeden, Quinton Jackson, Scott Martin, Bradley Way and Jordan Russell looking to make an impact.

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Coaches: Scott Moore, Joe Pickett Last year in review: All four players graduated. Key newcomers: Sophomore Quinton Jackson and freshmen Chris Gay (two years of playing experience), Joseph Breeden, Juan Garcia, Bradley Way,

Keyonne Horne, Scott Martin and Jordan Russell. Coach Moore says: “Out of our eight players, seven will be playing for the first time. We are hoping that with two, three years of high school experience we could be pretty good by 2013.”

Key returners: Six starters, including a strong senior class: Returning starters are senior Chad Wagoner, one of the team’s top pitchers who also sees time at first base and the outfield. Senior Ryan Spencer (all-conference last year) will be at second base. Senior Justin Robbins is another top pitcher and also plays at catcher and in the infield. Junior Jake Smith will get plenty of mound time as well as playing the infield. Junior Rhyne Kivett roams in center field and in the infield. Sophomore Will Albertson will see time at third base and behind the plate. Key newcomers: Others who will make contribu-

(outfield, infield) and sophomore Daniel Robbins (pitcher, infield).

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The coach says: “We have big goals this year, being our first year in the new PAC-6. Trinity hasn’t had

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Getting their kicks this season for the Bulldogs will be (from left) Jillian Somero, Morgan Loeffler, Emily Rogers and Logan Terry. After a strong season last year in the Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference, Trinity hopes to establish itself as a PAC-6 2A power this spring. SONNY HEDGECOCK | HPE

Coach: Michael Sink (13th year as girls coach, 23 with boys) Last year in review: Second in Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference, all-conference honors for five players (only one returning) Key players: Logan Terry is a senior midfielder, someone the team will count on this season. She is a four-year starter and has been a leader even as a freshman. Emily Rogers, a senior outside mid, is a returning starter who will be an impact player again. Morgan Loeffler is a senior keeper who will anchor the defense and is working hard each practice. Juniors Andi Shelton and Patience

Barnett also will serve time in the goal. Junior Courtney Cox is a returning starter at outside mid who has great field vision and will be an impact player. Sophomore mid Hannah Mebane steps up to help build the attack and defend. Sophomore forward Tyler Cottle is a returning starter who helps lead the attack. Sophomore forward Taylor Hembree is a returning starter who also will be a major force up top. Sophomore Brooke Dills comes back after a knee injury to help at forward. Leah Haynes, Emily Lim and Jordan Bouldin are the starting backs. Rounding out the team are Allison Floyd (junior mid), Jillian Somero (senior forward),

Chrissy Latta (sophomore back), Allison G. Lewis (junior mid), Courtney Steed (junior forward), M.K. Atkins (junior mid) and Bethany Hunter (junior forward).

freshman back Natalie Hunter, will be players to watch in the future. Other freshmen on this year’s team include Jordan Crespo (mid) and Jessica Draughn (forward).

Key newcomers: Freshmen mids Elizabeth Parker and Elizabeth Atkins, along with freshman forward Allison L. Lewis and

The coach says: “I feel the team will make a good run in the PAC 6 and we plan to return to postseason play.”

5 – Baseball at HP Central, 5 8 – Softball at S. Guilford, 6 8 – Soccer at Ledford, 7 8 – Tennis vs. Randleman, 4 9 – Baseball at SW Guilford, 5 9 – Softball at Asheboro, 5 9 – Soccer vs. S. Guilford, 6 9 – Tennis at Ledford, 4:15 9 – Golf at Asheboro, 4 10 – Soccer at E. Davidson, 6 10 – Tennis vs. Andrews, 4 10 – Track at W. Davidson, 4 11 – Baseball vs. S. Guilford, 7 11 – Track at Ledford, 4:30 12 – Baseball vs. E. Davidson, 4:30 12 – Softball at E. Davidson, 4:30 15 – Baseball at Lexington, 5 15 – Soccer vs. Ledford, 6 15 – Tennis at Wheatmore, 4:30 16 – Baseball vs. Randleman, 5 16 – Softball vs. Asheboro, 4:30 16 – Soccer at S. Guilford, 6 16 – Track vs. Andrews, 4:30 17 – Tennis vs. Atkins, 4:30 17 – Track at Asheboro, 4:15 18 – Soccer at W. Forsyth, 6 18 – Golf at HP Central, 4 19 – Baseball vs. Andrews, 5 19 – Softball at HP Central, 6 22 – Soccer vs. Randleman, 6 22 – Golf at PAC-6 (Oak Hollow), 4:15 23 – Baseball at Wheatmore, 5 23 – Softball vs. Randleman, 4:30 23 – Track vs. Carver/Wheat., 4:30 24 – Baseball vs. Thomasville, 5 24 – Softball vs. E. Davidson, 4:30 24 – Soccer vs. Andrews, 6 24 – Tennis at Randleman, 4:30 25 – Soccer vs. E. Davidson, 6 25 – Tennis at E. Davidson, 4 25 – Golf at PAC-6 (Winston Lake), 4:15 26 – Baseball vs. Atkins, 5 26 – Softball vs. Andrews, 4:30 29 – Softball at SW Randolph, 5 30 – Tennis vs. Asheboro, 4 31 – Golf at Prov. Grove, 4

April

1 – Soccer vs. Asheboro, 6 2 – Baseball vs. HP Central, 7 5 – Baseball at Asheboro, 5:15

6 – Baseball at S. Guilford, 7 6 – Soccer at Ragsdale, 6 7 – Baseball at SW Randolph, 5 12 – Soccer at Wheatmore, 6 12 – Tennis at Andrews, 4 12 – Golf at PAC-6 (Colonial), 4:15 13 – Baseball at Carver, 5 13 – Softball at Wheatmore, 4 13 – Tennis at Asheboro, 4 13 – Track at Randleman, 4:30 13 – Golf vs. SG/HPC, 4 14 – Baseball at Thomasville, 5 14 – Soccer vs. Atkins, 6 14 – Tennis vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 15 – Soccer at Forbush, 6 15 – Golf at PAC-6 (Carver), 4:15 16 – Baseball at Randleman, 7 16 – Softball vs. Atkins, 5 19 – Tennis at Atkins, 4:30 19 – Golf host PAC-6 (Colonial), 4:15 20 – Baseball at Andrews, 7 20 – Softball at Carver, 5 20 – Track at Wheatmore, 4:30 21 – Baseball vs. Lexington, 7 21 – Soccer at Randleman, 6 22 – Soccer at Asheboro, 6 22 – Golf at PAC-6 (Holly Ridge), 4:15 23 – Baseball vs. Wheatmore, 7 23 – Softball at Randleman, 5 23 – Tennis vs. S. Guilford, 4:30 26 – Softball vs. S. Guilford, 4:30 26 – Soccer at Andrews, 6 27 – Baseball at Atkins, 5 27 – Track at PAC-6 Champs., 4:30 27 – Golf at PAC-6 tourney, TBA 28 – Soccer vs. Wheatmore, 6 28 – Tennis at PAC-6 tourney, 1 28 – Track at PAC-6 Champs,. 4:30 29 – Baseball vs. Carver, 7 30 – Softball vs. Wheatmore, 4:30

May

1 – Baseball at HiToms Classic, TBA 3 – Baseball host PAC-6 tourney, TBA 3 – Soccer at Atkins, 6 4 – Softball at Atkins, 5 5 – Softball vs. W. Davidson, 4:30 6 – Softball vs. Carver, 5 10 – Softball at PAC-6 tourney, TBA

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Coach: Alex Mebane (second year as head coach, fourth overall at Trinity); assistant Linda Funderburk Last year in review: Boys – 7-8 regular season, third in county meet, fifth in Mid-Piedmont 3A, five regional qualifiers in three events; Girls – 7-8 regular season, second in county, third in MPC, eight regional qualifiers in five events.

Key returners: Boys – Ryan Kozlowski (distance); Mario McInnis (sprints, jumps, second in 200, fourth in long jump in county); Caden Pope (middle distance, injured most of last year, fourth in county in 400); Girls – Kayley Williams (middle distance, jumps, third in high jump, fifth in 400 at county and MPC); Amber Simrel (sprints, jumps, third in triple jump at

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Trinity’s track teams sport several returners. For the girls: (front, from left) Sheree McCall, Stephanie Key, Chelsea Resor and Brittany Reeves join with (back, from left) Candise Owens, Rachael Eller, Rachel Kozlowski, Brooke Miller and Amber Simrel. Among the key boys (from left) are Ryan Kozlowski, Mario McInnis and Caden Pope. county and MPC, fifth in 200 at county); Kyisja

Rogers (thrower, sixth in county in shot, sixth

in MPC in discus); Brittany Reeves (distance,

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TRINITY TENNIS

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Coach: Erin Bass (third season) Last year in review: 9-5 overall, third in Mid-Piedmont 3A conference (tied with Asheboro) Key returners: Kenny Collishaw, senior, was All-MPC last year; junior Brennan Austin; junior Austin Hancock, an All-MPC winner who went undefeated in regular-season doubles; only lost once in regular-season singles Key newcomers: Chase Pruitt, a freshman projected to be among the squad’s top three The coach says: “I am excited about the season. I have put

in a lot of work with this team. We started out young when I joined on as coach two years ago. We have grown together. I think this will be their season to shine. It is a new conference (the PAC-6 2A) and it is our chance to start strong and make a bold statement. I was worried that the split with Wheatmore would limit our number of interested players as it did with the ladies’ team (in the fall), but was surprised to have about 15 enthusiastic players show up. We have strong returning players like Collishaw, Austin and Hancock. They will be joined by up-and-comer Pruitt to round

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Trinity’s tennis team hopes to net some big wins this year with players such as (from left) Brennan Austin, Chase Pruitt, Kenny Collishaw, Justin Bost and Austin Hancock. out the top four. The rest is up for grabs for our newcomers

(Justin Bost and Haaris Iqbal are already showing some tal-

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THS BASEBALL Bulldogs eager to keep building FROM PAGE 21

a winning record, conference championship or playoff appearance since 1990 – before all of our player were born – and our seniors have set goals in all those areas. We plan on putting Trinity on the map as far as baseball is concerned and it all starts with the seniors. You can have good players, but you have to have senior leadership to win championships. I believe we have a good formula this year to do some damage. This is my senior class, because I’ve been here for four years and the seniors I have now I have had for four years under me. Hopefully the hard work and commitment I’ve put into them and the hard work and commitment they’ve given back to me and their teammates will pay off this year.”

Trinity golfers looking for more success this year include (from left) Greg Mauldin, Andrew Kersey, Christian Steffen, Dillon Shoe, Tyler Hyde and Zack Walker. SONNY HEDGECOCK | HPE

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Coach: Ed McAdams (sixth year) Last year in review: 62-8 record, Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference championship, MPC Coach of the Year for McAdams, fourth place in regional Key returners: Three all-conference performers from last year: senior Andrew Kersey and sophomores

Greg Mauldin and Dillon Shoe. Mauldin qualified for the state tournament and played well in his first appearance (rounds of 75 and 78). Senior Christian Steffen also returns. Key newcomers: Senior Zack Walker and freshman Tyler Hyde are inexperienced but have terrific attitudes and a strong work ethic.

The coach says: “All four returning players were vital in our success last year and will have to carry the weight this year. Although we have a strong core, we are not as deep as last year. Nonetheless, these guys know how to play as a team and support one another. They are looking forward to building on last year’s success.”

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Trinity’s baseball team will be sparked by Ryan Spencer (left) and Chad Wagoner this year.

TRACK

TRINITY SOFTBALL

Bulldog runners out for PAC-6 success

Bulldogs set sights on reaching state title series in June

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FROM PAGE 21

second in 1600-3200, third in 800 at county, third in 800, fourth in 1600, sixth in 3200 at MPC); Brooke Miller (hurdler, fourth in county, MPC in 100 hurdles); Candise Owens (middle distance, fourth in MPC in 800); Stephanie Key (relays, third in county in 4x1, second in county in 4x8); Desiree Briley (sprints, relays, fourth in MPC in 4x2); other relay members Williams, Reeves, Owens, Simrel and Chelsea Resor.

Key newcomers: Torey Loewen (girls distance) and Kenny Collishaw (boys distance, was conference champion in XC). The coach says: “The goal is to finish in the top three of conference and county and to qualify more events for the regionals than in 2009. We also want to place at least one boy and girl or event to states. The girls are stronger in numbers and talent than the boys.”

memorable in more ways than one, has a strong arm, hits with power and can be a tough out. Key newcomers: Sophomores Amber Lake, Hannah Johnson and Hannah Haggerty can play big roles solidifying the corners; freshman Susan Yates will play second and has improved footwork and arm strength with great work ethic. The coach says: “If we take care of the little things and play solid defense, this team has the tools in place to go a long way. Our team motto is, ‘Our team’s destination is another team’s dream.’ I look forward to this season

and I expect big things for this group as long as we can learn to play together and become one. We expect to be playing in June, and with hard work and commitment we can make that dream become reality. This goal of ours is attainable if our senior leaders lead this team and we control the things we can control: keep teams to three outs an inning, do small things at the plate. I expect us to be in the mix this year for a PAC-6 title between Randleman and Trinity. The players are working on getting better every day and making this season the best Trinity has ever had. Our goal is to not just leave a mark on this season, but a footprint for others to follow.”


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2010 Spring Schedule March

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Spring fever is catching on at Wheatmore High School, which began its first-ever foray into spring sports earlier this week. Among the players expected to lead a solid Warriors softball squad are (from left) Betty Denny, Taylar Pridgen, Catherine Tupper and Ambershay Stacy.

WHEATMORE SOFTBALL Coach: Rick Halo (head softball coach at Archdale-Trinity Middle the past three years, former head baseball coach at ATMS, former assistant baseball coach at Trinity, former JV baseball head coach at Trinity); assistant coach Ronnie House (Trinity softball head coach last year) Key returners: Players who got experience at Trinity before THS split to form Wheatmore this school year were junior Taylar Pridgen

(strong-armed catcher with good catcher/infielder Taylor Walker speed), junior Betty Denny (fundamentally sound infielder, good bat- The coach says: “We really believe ter, team leader), junior infielder we can compete in our conference Madison Drye, junior utility player (the PAC-6 2A). We hope to finish Ambershay Stacy (can play any in the top three, with a winning position, strong arm, glove and record, and make the state playbat, a team player) and sophomore offs. We are very young, but I feel pitcher Catherine Tupper (strikelike we have a talented group of thrower around 60 mph, very players. It may take a little time strong with the bat). to figure out all the pieces to the puzzle, but when we do I beKey newcomers: Freshman first lieve we can have a good softball baseman Martika Yousef, freshman team.”

5 – Baseball vs. SW Randolph, 4:30 8 – Soccer at E. Davidson, 6 9 – Baseball at E. Davidson, 4:30 9 – Softball vs. E. Davidson, 4:30 10 – Baseball vs. W. Davidson, 4:30 10 – Soccer at Prov. Grove, 6 10 – Tennis at Atkins, 4:30 11 – Softball vs. S. Davidson, 4:30 11 – Soccer vs. S. Davidson, 6 11 – Tennis at E. Davidson, 4:30 11 – Golf at Prov. Grove, 4 15 – Soccer at W. Davidson, 6 15 – Tennis vs. Trinity, 4:30 16 – Baseball at Carver, 4:30 16 – Softball at W. Davidson, 4:30 16 – Tennis vs. S. Davidson, 4:30 16 – Track vs. Atkins, 4:30 17 – Baseball at Prov. Grove, 4:30 17 – Soccer vs. E. Davidson, 6 17 – Tennis at Randleman, 4:30 17 – Golf at E. Davidson, 4 18 – Softball at S. Davidson, 4:30 18 – Soccer vs. SW Randolph, 6 19 – Baseball at Atkins, 4:30 19 – Softball at E. Davidson, 4:30 22 – Tennis vs. Andrews, 4:30 22 – Golf at Andrews, 4 23 – Baseball vs. Trinity, 4:30 23 – Softball at Carver, 4:30 23 – Tennis at E. Montgomery, 4:30 23 – Track at Trinity, 4:30 24 – Baseball vs. E. Davidson, 4:30 24 – Soccer at Atkins, 6 25 – Softball vs. Prov. Grove, 4:30 25 – Tennis at Prov. Grove, 4:30 25 – Golf at Atkins, 4 26 – Baseball at Randleman, 4:30 26 – Softball at Atkins, 4:30 29 – Baseball vs. Thomasville, 4:30 29 – Softball at Thomasville, 4:30 30 – Soccer at SW Randolph, 6 30 – Tennis vs. E. Montgomery, 4:30 31 – Baseball at SW Randolph, 7

April

1 – Tennis at SW Randolph, 4:30 2 – Baseball at E. Montgomery, 7 5 – Baseball at Thomasville, 4:30 6 – Baseball at HP Central, 7 8 – Softball vs. Thomasville, 4:30 12 – Baseball vs. E. Montgomery, 7 12 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 6 12 – Tennis vs. Atkins, 4:30 12 – Golf host PAC-6, 4:15 13 – Baseball vs. Andrews, 7 13 – Softball vs. Trinity, 4:30 13 – Track at Carver, 4:30 14 – Soccer at Randleman, 6 14 – Tennis at Trinity, 4:30 15 – Baseball vs. Carver, 7 15 – Softball vs. E. Montgomery, 4:30 15 – Soccer vs. Lexington, 6 15 – Tennis vs. Lexington, 4:30 16 – Softball at Randleman, 4:30 19 – Soccer vs. Andrews, 6 19 – Tennis vs. Randleman, 4:30 19 – Golf at Trinity, 4:15 20 – Baseball vs. Atkins, 7 20 – Softball vs. Andrews, 4:30 20 – Track vs. Trinity/Randleman, 4:30 21 – Tennis at Andrews, 4:30 22 – Tennis at S. Davidson, 4:30 22 – Golf at Randleman, 4:15 23 – Baseball at Trinity, 7 23 – Softball vs. Carver, 4:30 26 – Softball at E. Montgomery, 4:30 26 – Soccer vs. Atkins, 6 27 – Baseball vs. Randleman, 7 27 – Softball vs. Atkins, 4:30 27 – Track at PAC-6 Champs., 5 28 – Soccer at Trinity, 6 28 – Tennis at PAC-6 tourney, 1 28 – Track at PAC-6 Champs,. 5 29 – Baseball at Andrews, 7 29 – Soccer at Lexington, 6 30 – Softball at Trinity, 4:30

May

3 – Soccer vs. Randleman, 6 4 – Softball vs. Randleman, 4:30 5 – Soccer at Andrews, 6 6 – Softball at Andrews, 4:30

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WHEATMORE GOLF

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Coach: Wayne Patterson Key players: Freshman Colin Miller will be the top player for first-year school Wheatmore. He has played in tournaments all across the state and is a solid striker of the ball. Garrett Rains, Justin Pang and Dakota Patterson all seem to have potential to be good golfers, but only time will tell. The coach says: “This is a very unique situation that I’m looking very forward to here. I have always been a basketball

coach (JV, middle school teams at Southwestern Randolph). Golf is my second passion and I love to play it as often as time permits. I’m excited about the team here. We will have a very young team and a team that will keep improving as the year goes on. I think with the guys we have in place and the work ethic of our team that we will have a strong showing in the PAC-6. I think we might surprise a few of the teams out there and I’m positive that our kids will continue to grow and mature into good guys on the course as well as off of it.”

WHEATMORE BASEBALL

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Coach: Bret Garrett (12 years coaching as an assistant at Southeast Guilford and as JV head coach at Trinity and Ragsdale) Key newcomers: Seven freshmen, four sophomores and three juniors on the first-year team at the new school, none of them with varsity experience.

The coach says: “The freshmen are going to play a big role this year and I have a lot of confidence in them. The sophomores and juniors are also going to have to fill roles they are probably not accustomed to or wouldn’t have to play if they were on an older team, but I feel that they will fill these roles great. I have great expectations for

this season even with our youth. The kids know they have a great opportunity given to them that they wouldn’t have at most schools and they want to make the best of it. Coach Smith and myself are very excited to watch this team grow. It’s going to be fun watching and helping these kids grow up and get better and better for the next few years.”

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Wheatmore’s track and field program gets off and running with girls Kaylee Trogdon (left) and Courtney Coltrane and boys (below, from left) Thomas Carota and Brandon Stafford.

WHEATMORE TRACK

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Coach: Calvin Riddle, assistants Beverly Snider and Jacob Sheffield Key returners: Athletes who saw action last year for Trinity include sophomore Thomas Carota (1600 and 3200 meters), junior Wesley Wright (1600, 3200), junior Hannah Hinson (300 hurdles, high jump), junior Kaylee Trogdon (high jump, long jump, 4x100) and junior Courtney Coltrane (100 and 300 hurdles, high jump).

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Chad Mann (left) and Shane Wise hope to spark the new Warriors’ baseball team.

Key newcomers: Among the top sophomores this season for the Warriors will be Brandon Stafford (high jump, shot put, discus), Cody Campbell (high jump, 300 hurdles), Tyler Cook (shot, discus), Lindsey Whitaker (high jump, 300 hurdles) and Rebekah Lambeth (800, 1600, long jump).

The coach says: “Our quote/motto to live by is ‘Without self-discipline, success is impossible. Period.’ by Lou Holtz. We want to have at least 10

kids make the regionals. I would love to win the PAC-6, but a total team finish of third in conference our first year out would be outstanding.”


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Coach: Rick Maness (first year) Key players: First-year school Wheatmore will count upon Hannah Ryan in the goal; on the defensive side of the ball, Abigail Byrd, Shay Pencola and Ashton Allen will have to stand tall in support of Ryan; the midfield, which will be led by Paige Hudson

and Lexa Wall along with Josephine Watson and Leah Wright, will have to cover a lot of field; the team is looking for a lot of goals from Maddy Myers, Emmie Grantham and Hannah Johnson.

Wheatmore’s first-ever girls soccer team hopes to have a ball this year playing in the PAC-6 2A. Leading the way for the Warriors will be (from left) Josephine Watson, Paige Hudson, Abbey Byrd, Ashton Allen and Maddy Myers this season.

The coach says: “The Lady Warriors are going to be very young, but are working very hard.”

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Ready! Avery Musgrave (left) and Eric Lagueruela will lead the first boys tennis team for Wheatmore this spring. SONNY HEDGECOCK | HPE

LEDFORD SOFTBALL

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Coach: Charlie Brown (seventh year) Last year in review: Couldn’t get past Central Davidson in the fourth round of the 2A playoffs for the second year in a row; finished 25-5, won Central Carolina Conference regular season and tournament; five all-state selections (Olivia Poplin, Emily Darr, Kristen Murphy, Jennifer Stilley, Mariah Tuttle); all five were All-CCC along with Brittany Williams; Poplin was district 5 2A Player of the Year; Murphy was district 5 2A Pitcher of the Year and CCC co-Player of the Year. Key returners: Murphy – junior, 21-5 last year with 0.47 ERA and 256 Ks; Stilley – junior second baseman, lead-off hitter, .421 on-base percentage; Tuttle – junior right fielder, defensive standout; Williams – senior center fielder; Sara Persiani – senior left fielder; Mel Green – junior switching from third base to first this year; Jessica Christian – senior

played everywhere last year, competing to start at third. Key newcomers: Meg Everhart (freshman shortstop/pitcher); Ashley Best (freshman competing for time at catcher); Kristin Montgomery (junior from JV, competing at third); Deanna Crayton (sophomore from JV, competing at catcher); Katelyn Steele and Brittany Duggins (juniors from JV, competing at DH/outfield); Drew Sapp (junior from JV, competing on infield). The coach says: “I’m excited about the new season, new conference (Mid-Piedmont), new classification (3A) and new challenges. The conference features the state defending 3A champions (Southwestern Randolph) as well as some good competition in Southern Guilford and Asheboro. It’s going to be challenging to find out how we stack up against

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LEDFORD BASEBALL

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Coach: Kemp Smith (second year) Last year in review: 10-15 overall, fifth in Central Carolina Conference, advanced to third round of 2A state playoffs by beating Starmount and East Davidson before losing to West Lincoln; all-conference honors for Cory Alcon and Travis Vogler; started four freshmen and one sophomore who all return this year; after struggling a bit in the regular season, found stride and confidence in the playoffs and made an exciting run.

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LEDFORD GOLF

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Coach: John Ralls (13th year) Last year in review: Second in Central Carolina 2A Conference, competed in Mid-West Regional Key returners: Five of last year’s top six: No. 1 Chad Miller, senior, All-CCC; No. 2 Will Essick, senior, All-CCC; No. 3 Steven

GOLF, PAGE 30 Top golfers for Ledford are expected to be (from left) Taylor Ray, Chad Miller, Tyler Flynt, Will Essick, Steven Fuquay and Cam Weis. ELIOT DUKE | THOMASVILLE TIMES

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Key performers for the Panthers this spring are expected to be Jonathan Shelton (left) and Jonathan Reid.

5 – Baseball vs. W. Davidson, 4:30 8 – Softball at Glenn, 6:30 8 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 7 8 – Track at NE Guilford, 4:30 8 – Golf at SW Randolph, 3 9 – Baseball vs. C. Davidson, 4:30 9 – Tennis vs. Trinity, 4:15 10 – Softball vs. W. Davidson, 6:30 10 – Tennis vs. E. Davidson, 4 11 – Soccer at C. Davidson, 7 11 – Tennis vs. C. Davidson, 4:30 11 – Track vs. TBA, 4:30 11 – Golf vs. W. Davidson, 3 12 – Baseball at W. Davidson, 4:30 12 – Softball at N. Davidson, 6:30 15 – Soccer at Trinity, 7 15 – Tennis at S. Guilford, 4:30 16 – Baseball at E. Davidson, 4:30 16 – Softball vs. E. Davidson, 6:30 16 – Track at Carson, 4:30 16 – Golf at Forbush, 3:30 17 – Tennis vs. NE Guilford, 4:30 18 – Tennis vs. W. Davidson, 4:30 18 – Golf at NE Guilford, 4 19 – Baseball vs. S. Guilford, 5 19 – Softball at C. Davidson, 6:30 22 – Soccer vs. NE Guilford, 7 22 – Tennis at SW Randolph, 4:30 22 – Golf at N. Forsyth, 4 23 – Baseball at NE Guilford, 5 23 – Softball at NE Guilford, 6 23 – Tennis vs. N. Davidson, 4:15 23 – Track host MPC meet, 4:30 24 – Baseball vs. Lexington, 5 24 – Soccer at E. Davidson, 7 24 – Tennis at N. Forsyth, 4:30 24 – Golf at C. Davidson, 4 25 – Soccer vs. C. Davidson, 7 26 – Baseball vs. SW Randolph, 5 27 – Softball at Morganton Clash, TBA 29 – Tennis vs. Asheboro, 4:30 29 – Golf at Asheboro, 4 30 – Baseball vs. N. Forsyth, 5 30 – Softball vs. N. Forsyth, 7 30 – Tennis vs. N. Davidson, 4:30 31 – Soccer vs. N. Davidson, 7 31 – Golf vs. Davie, 4

April

5 – Golf at W. Davidson, 4 7 – Baseball at SW Guilford, 6 7 – Soccer at S. Guilford, 6 7 – Golf at Grimsley, 3 8 – Baseball vs. E. Montgomery, 6:30 8 – Softball vs. SW Randolph, 7 8 – Soccer vs. E. Davidson, 7 8 – Tennis vs. S. Guilford, 4:30 8 – Golf at Davidson Co. tourney, TBA 9 – Baseball vs. E. Davidson, 7 9 – Softball at E. Davidson, 6:30 12 – Soccer at SW Randolph, 6 12 – Tennis at NE Guilford, 4:30 12 – Track host Davidson Co. meet, 4 12 – Golf at S. Guilford, 4 13 – Baseball at Asheboro, 7 13 – Softball at Asheboro, 5 14 – Softball at E. Surry, 6:30 14 – Soccer at N. Forsyth, 6 14 – Tennis vs. SW Randolph, 4:30 14 – Track host MPC meet, 4:30 15 – Soccer at N. Davidson, 7 15 – Golf vs. C. Davidson, 4 16 – Baseball at S. Guilford, 7 16 – Softball at S. Guilford, 7 19 – Soccer vs. Asheboro, 7 19 – Tennis vs. N. Forsyth, 4:30 19 – Golf vs. Asheboro, 4 20 – Baseball vs. NE Guilford, 7 20 – Softball vs. NE Guilford, 7 20 – Track at Asheboro, 4:30 21 – Softball vs. W. Forsyth, 7 21 – Soccer vs. S. Guilford, 7 21 – Tennis at Asheboro, 4:30 23 – Baseball at SW Randolph, 7 23 – Softball at SW Randolph, 7 26 – Soccer at NE Guilford, 7 26 – Golf at MPC tourney, TBA 27 – Baseball at N. Forsyth, 7 27 – Softball at N. Forsyth, 4:30 27 – Track host MPC meet, 4:30 28 – Soccer vs. SW Randolph, 7 30 – Baseball vs. Asheboro, 7 30 – Softball vs. Asheboro, 7

May

1 – Softball at Alex. Central Celebration, 11:15 a.m. 3 – Softball at Forbush, 7 3 – Soccer vs. N. Forsyth, 7 4 – Softball vs. S. Guilford, 7 5 – Soccer at Asheboro, 7 5 – Track at MPC Champs., 4 6 – Softball vs. NW Guilford, 7

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Coach: Adam Duncan (first year) Last year in review: 12-8, reached second round of 2A playoffs before OT loss to Hibriten The coach says: “We have a great group of girls. I’d rather not mention specific names, but so far we have had good conditioning sessions for the past three weeks. With a lot of hard work/team building/team bonding, we will be very successful. Staying healthy and having quality practices with everyone present

is a huge point of emphasis. I won’t be happy unless we make it to the playoffs. That is what the girls expect, so I am grabbing the torch, working hard with the girls and the girls are working hard to make that happen. We are in a very tough (Mid-Piedmont 3A) conference – brand new to us – and there are a lot of talented teams. It always comes down to the same thing: Who wants it more? If we want it more consistently more than the other team, then I have every bit of faith we will have a quality season.”

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Perennial 2A tennis power Ledford tries its hand in the 3A ranks this spring with top returners (from left) Jay Buchanan, Josh Edwards, Tim Kassakatis and David McSwain.

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Coaches: Randy Grimes (11th season), Chris Doby (sixth) Last year in review: 16-3, 10-2 in Central Carolina Conference for three-way tie for championship, only losses all year to CCC rivals Lexington and Salisbury, reached final eight of 2A playoffs before loss to Lexington in thrilling match; all-conference honors for four.

coaches and continues to play very competitively in USTA ranks; Josh Edwards at No. 2 – All-CCC, 14-5 overall, 6-4 in CCC last year; Thomas Edwards at No. 3 – All-CCC, 17-2 overall, 11-1 CCC last year; Jay Buchanan at No. 5 – four-year player, key doubles player finishing 10-0 overall, 6-0 CCC.

Key newcomers: Freshman Ricky Ydrovo – looking strong to grab No. 4 Key returners: Junior Land- slot, a pleasant surprise who is showing really on Rogers at No. 1 – 22-4 consistent play and good overall and 10-2 in CCC mental game, his strokes last year, All-CCC, runnerare improving daily. up for league Player of We’ll see how he fares the Year, won CCC Tourwhen the lights come on nament, was Midwest during rapid-fire compe2A Regional runner-up tition. and advanced to second round of state 2A singles Coach Doby says: “This tourney, the key for the season marks our debut team during the past in 3A as we enter the two seasons, a great kid newly formed Mid-Piedwith tremendous work mont Conference. We’re ethic who is a leader by not sure what to expect example on and off the because we have not court, already drawing competed against them interest from college

in the past. We do know about Asheboro, a regular nonconference foe: The Blue Comets always field a very strong team and I expect the same from them this season. We are expecting big things from our returning players. The Edwards boys – not related – will bring us another year of valuable court experience. They have both worked hard in the offseason and will be expected to be leaders. Jay Buchanan falls right there with them. As a senior, we are counting on him to step up and perform to his ability, and he is talented! The No. 6 spot is going to be a battle between senior David McSwain, junior Zach Fischer and freshmen Will Klemme and Land McGinn. We are working on our doubles teams, but typically, we’ve been able to work through those combinations as the season continues to progress.”

New girls coach Adam Duncan will be looking for big things this spring from Panthers such as (from left) Elizabeth Hughes, Carman Pericozzi and Sara Canada.

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Coaches: Chuck Henderson (boys, seventh year) and Marlon Morris (girls, second year as head coach, fourth overall) Last year in review: Boys – fourth place in Central Carolina Conference, placed several athletes in 2A regionals and three in the state meet; Girls – lost key performers to graduation in Onna Elswick (state qualifier in pole vault) and Amber Chappell and Neidy Perdomo (middle and long-distance). ELIOT DUKE | THOMASVILLE TIMES

Jessica Christian (left) and Sara Persiani are ready to help the Panthers leave their mark on the new Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference.

Key returners: Boys – senior Ben Polk qualified

for the state meet and was CCC champion in the 400 meters; other returners include senior Jacob Crickenberger (pole vault, 800), sophomore De Greene (long jump, 100), junior Ty Anderson (shot put, discus) and sophomore Chris Murphy (1600, 3200); Girls – sophomore Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick (800, 4x8, high jump), senior Myia Franklin (100 and 300 hurdles), senior Riley Holman (sprints, long jump) and senior Kaylin Bartlette (sprints, long jump). Key newcomers: Boys

– freshman Anthony Hughes (1600, 3200); Girls – Sophomores Alex Crouch (middle distance) and Madeline Leonard (high jump, sprints).

The coach says: For the boys, “We are entering a new conference (the MidPiedmont 3A) and don’t know a lot about the other schools. We have run against Southern Guilford and Asheboro in the past, so we are somewhat familiar with them. We are looking forward to competing against the other five schools and to improving as the season progresses.”

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Loaded Panthers face loaded schedule FROM PAGE 27

the 3A competition. Our nonconference schedule is loaded (playing all four classifications’ state champions: East Surry, Central Davidson, SWR and Alexander Central) plus the likes of North Davidson to help us compete on the 3A level. I’m excited about our returning players and the experience they have playing tough competition. I’m also excited about our newcomers and the talent I’ve seen so far. The key for our season is putting the remainder of the puzzle together as well as having some young players step up.”

LEDFORD BASEBALL

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Key returners: Senior pitcher/first baseman Brian Connolly led team in most offensive categories; senior outfielder Jonathan Reid is one of the best athletes in the county with great range in the outfield and speed on the bases; junior middle infielder Victor Zecca has very quick hands and feet and is solid at the plate and in the field; sophomore catcher Pete Guy is solid behind the plate with a strong bat. He led the team in homers last year as a freshman. Key newcomers: Senior outfielder/pitcher

Jonathan Shelton, transfer from Glenn The coach says: “Moving up to 3A and not knowing much about the teams in our new conference (the Mid-Piedmont) definitely poses a challenge going into this season. And even though we return seven out of nine starters, we are still very young with almost half of the returning players being underclassmen. I think if we can get good leadership out of our veterans and have our young players step up, we can be very competitive in our conference.”

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The Ledford girls track and field team will be looking for big things this season from athletes such as (from left) Riley Holman, Erin Ball and Randi Loggins.

GOLF Panthers enjoy experienced lineup with five back FROM PAGE 28

Fuquay, senior, All-CCC; No. 4 Aaron Abts, sophomore, All-CCC; No. 5 Taylor Ray, senior, All-CCC; also returning are Nathan Parks, Clint Bowman, Evan Hodges, Tyler Flynt and Adam Pickard. Key newcomers: Freshman Cam Weis has the potential to be in the top six; other

newcomers include sophomore Andrew Cagle and senior Michael Vogler. The coach says: “We hope to challenge for the No. 1 spot in the Mid-Piedmont Conference and qualify for the 3A state playoffs.”


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April 1 – Baseball vs. W. Davidson, 4:30 1 – Softball at W. Davidson, 4:30 1 – Soccer at N. Davidson, 7 5 – Baseball vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 7 – Baseball vs. S. Stokes, 6:30

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Key returners: Senior outfielders Sam Everhart and Ralph Woods; junior pitchers Isaiah Williams, Korey

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8 – Golf at Davidson Co. Champ., 2 12 – Soccer vs. W. Davidson, 7 12 – Tennis vs. E. Davidson, 4 12 – Track at Davidson Co. Champs., 4 12 – Golf at CCC (Colonial), 4 13 – Baseball at Salisbury, 4:30 13 – Softball vs. Salisbury, 4:30 14 – Soccer at Salisbury, 7 14 – Tennis at W. Davidson, 4 14 – Golf at CCC (Lexington), 4 15 – Track at Lexington, 4:30 16 – Baseball vs. Lexington, 4:30 16 – Softball at Lexington, 4:30 19 – Soccer vs. Lexington, 7 19 – Tennis vs. Salisbury, 4 19 – Golf at CCC (Sapona), 4 20 – Baseball at C. Davidson, 4:30 20 – Softball vs. C. Davidson, 4:30 21 – Soccer at C. Davidson, 7 21 – Tennis at Lexington, 4 21 – Golf at CCC (Warrior), 4 22 – Track host CCC meet, 4:30 23 – Baseball vs. E. Davidson, 4:30 23 – Softball at E. Davidson, 4:30 26 – Soccer vs. E. Davidson, 7 27 – Baseball at W. Davidson, 4:30 27 – Softball vs. W. Davidson, 4:30 28 – Soccer at W. Davidson, 7 28 – Track at CCC Champs., 4:30 30 – Baseball vs. Salisbury, 4:30 30 – Softball at Salisbury, 4:30

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Thomasville’s young baseball team will be paced this spring by players such as (from left) Troy Butler, Steven Stanley, Korey Hilbourn and Sam Everhart.

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Hilbourn and Rashaun Anderson; top hitter Steven Stanley; junior Troy Butler for more production offensively and defensively The coach says: “We have a lot of young players, but they are the

type of players anyone would want on a baseball team. They all play numerous positions and work extremely hard. Each of them carries a competitive edge that makes practices very interesting.”

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Ready to run The Thomasville girls track and field team hopes to follow up on past success in the 1A ranks with a big spring in the Central Carolina 2A Conference. Leading the Bulldogs this season will be (from left) Dominique Lindsay, Marquia Taylor, Andrea Crump. Deandra Threadgill and Casmine Mitchell.

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Outstanding on the track Big things are hoped for out of the Bulldogs’ boys track and field team this spring with athletes such as (front, from left) William Cook, Jason Stewart and Dee Dow along with (back, from left) Brian Rich, Walker Williams, Xavier Manning and Gleb Chupakhin. ELIOT DUKE | THOMASVILLE TIMES


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5 – Baseball vs. Towson, 4 6 – Baseball vs. Towson, 2 7 – Baseball vs. Towson, 1 7-9 – Women’s golf at JMU Eagle Landing, Jacksonville, Fla. 8-9 – Men’s golf Lonnie Barton Invitational, Pooler, Ga. 9 – Baseball vs. Richmond, 6 10 – Baseball vs. Richmond, 4 12 – Baseball vs. Eastern Kentucky, 6 13 – Baseball vs. Eastern Kentucky, 2 14 – Baseball vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1 15-16 – Women’s golf at Winthrop Intercollegiate 16 – Baseball at North Carolina A&T, 3 19-20 – Men’s and women’s track and field at Wake Forest Open 19 – Baseball vs. VMI, 6 20 – Baseball vs. VMI, 6 20-21 – Men’s golf at WSSU Inv. 21 – Baseball vs. VMI, 1 22 – Baseball at East Carolina, 6 24 – Baseball vs. Wake Forest, 6 26-27 – Men’s and women’s track and

field at Stanford Invitational 26-27 – Men’s and women’s track and field at Reebok Raleigh Relays 26 – Baseball at Winthrop, 6 27 – Baseball at Winthrop, 6 28 – Baseball at Winthrop, 2 30 – Baseball at Duke, 6 31 – Baseball at Western Carolina, 6

April 2-3 – Men’s and women’s track and field at Asics Duke Invitational 2 – Baseball at Liberty, 7 3 – Baseball at Liberty (DH), 1 5-6 – Women’s golf at Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, Morganton, N.C. 6 – Baseball vs. Appalachian State, 6 7 – Baseball at Wake Forest, 6 9 – Baseball at Coastal Carolina, 6 10-11 – Men’s and women’s track and field at Carolina Classic, Chapel Hill 10 – Baseball at Coastal Carolina, 2 11 – Baseball at Coastal Carolina, 2 12-13 – Men’s golf at Wofford Inv. 12-14 – Women’s golf at Big South

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6 – at USC-Sumter (DH), 1 7 – at USC-Sumter (DH), 12 9 – Wilkes Community College, at War Memorial Stadium, 1 13 – USC-Salkehatchie (DH), 1 14 – USC-Salkehatchie (DH), 12 17 – Mohawk Valley Community College, at New Bridge Bank Park, 4 20 – at Louisburg College (DH), 1 21 – at Louisburg College (DH), 1 24 – at Catawba Valley Community College, 2:30 27 – Florence-Darlington Tech (DH), 1 28 – Florence-Darlington Tech (DH), 12 30 – at Wilkes Community College, 2

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munity College, at War Memorial Stadium, 7 10 – at USC-Lancaster (DH), 1 11 – at USC-Lancaster (DH). 12 13 – Catawba Valley Community College, at War Memorial Stadium, 7 17 – at Surry Community College (DH), 1 18 – at Surry Community College (DH), 1 24 – Spartanburg Methodist College (DH), 1 25 – Spartanburg Methodist College (DH), 1

May 5-9 – Region X Division I Tournament, at Burlington 21-23 – Eastern District Playoffs, TBA 29-June 5 – NJCAA Division I World Series, at Grand Junction, CO All home games at Finch Field in Thomasville unless otherwise noted

Championship, Greenwood, S.C. 14 – Baseball at Appalachian State, 6 15-17 – Men’s and women’s track and field at Big South Outdoor Championships, Charleston, S.C. 16 – Baseball vs. Radford, 6 17 – Baseball vs. Radford, 6 18 – Baseball vs. Radford, 1 19-20 – Men’s golf at Big South Championship, Ninety-Six, S.C. 20 – Baseball vs. North Carolina A&T, 6 21 – Baseball at Elon, 7 22-24 – Men’s and women’s track and field teams at Penn Relays, Philadelphia 23 – Baseball vs. UNC Asheville, 6 24 – Baseball vs. UNC Asheville, 3 25 – Baseball vs. UNC Asheville, 1 25 – Men’s and women’s track and field host HPU VertKlasse Meet 27 – Baseball at North Carolina, 6 28 – Baseball vs. Duke, 6

8 – Men’s and women’s track and field at Carolina Qualifier, Chapel Hill 9 – Baseball vs. Gardner-Webb, 1 12 – Baseball vs. Western Carolina, 6 14 – Baseball at Presbyterian, 3 14-15 – Men’s and women’s track and field at Georgia Tech Invitational 15 – Baseball at Presbyterian, 2 16 – Baseball at Presbyterian, 1 18 – Baseball at N.C. State, 6 20 – Baseball at Charleston Southern, 2 21 – Baseball at Charleston Southern, 2 22 – Baseball at Charleston Southern, 2 25 – Baseball at Big South Tournament, Rock Hill, S.C. 27-29 – Men’s and women’s track and field at NCAA Regional Qualifier, Greensboro

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June

7 – Baseball vs. Gardner-Webb, 6 8 – Baseball vs. Gardner-Webb, 6

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16 – at Boston College, 2:30 17 – at Boston College, 1:30 18 – at Boston College, 1 20 – at Charlotte, 6 21 – UNC Greensboro 23 – Duke, 6 24 – Duke, 6 25 – Duke, 1 28 – at Appalachian State, 4

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Among the top returning players this season for East Davidson coach Dan Tricarico are (front, from left) Justin Hulin and Phillip Coggins along with (back, from left) Keaton Hawks and Daniel Albright.

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Coach: Dan Tricarico (26th season) Last year in review: 14-11 overall, 8-6 Central Carolina Conference; won CCC Tournament; lost in second round of 2A playoffs. Key returners: Keaton Hawks (AllCCC), Justin Hulin, Davin Lawson, Tyler Lequire, Taylor Warren, Justin Weavil

Positions: This spring’s junior-laden team will be made up of: pitchers – Preston Gammons (sophomore), Keaton Hawks (senior), Tyler Lequire, Will Luther, Justin Mounts, Scott Walker, Taylor Warren, Justin Weavil; catchers – Davin Lawson, Luis Tejada, Warren; first base – Gammons, Christian Key; second – Phillip Coggins (senior), Mounts, Weavil; shortstop – Ke-

aton Hawks (senior), Weavil; third – Lequire, Tyler Pedley; outfield – Hawks, Justin Hulin, Will Luther, Mounts, Pedley, Tejada, Walker, Warren, Weavil The coach says: “If our pitchers get the job done we will be competitive. The Central Carolina Conference favorite should be Central Davidson.”

5 – Baseball at Randleman, 5 8 – Soccer vs. Wheatmore, 6 9 – Baseball vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 9 – Softball at Wheatmore, 4:30 10 – Baseball vs. SW Guilford, 4:30 10 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 6 10 – Tennis at Ledford, 4 10 – Golf at SW Randolph, 3:30 11 – Tennis vs. Wheatmore, 4 11 – Track at Ledford, 4:30 12 – Baseball at Trinity, 4:30 12 – Softball vs. Trinity, 4:30 15 – Baseball at S. Guilford, 5 15 – Soccer vs. Randleman, 6 15 – Tennis at Lexington, 4 16 – Baseball vs. Ledford, 4:30 16 – Softball at Ledford, 4:30 17 – Soccer at Wheatmore, 6 17 – Tennis vs. Thomasville, 4 17 – Golf vs. Wheatmore, 4 18 – Track at W. Davidson, 4:30 19 – Softball vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 19 – Soccer at Randleman, 6 22 – Softball vs. Randleman, 4:30 22 – Tennis vs. C. Davidson, 4 24 – Baseball vs. Wheatmore, 6 24 – Softball at Trinity, 4:30 24 – Soccer vs. Ledford, 7 24 – Tennis at W. Davidson, 4 25 – Soccer at Trinity, 6 25 – Tennis vs. Trinity, 4 25 – Track host CCC meet, 4:30 26 – Baseball at Lexington, 7 26 – Softball vs. Lexington, 4:30 29 – Softball vs. Davie, 7 29 – Soccer at Lexington, 7 29 – Tennis vs. Salisbury, 4 29 – Golf at CCC (Colonial), 4 30 – Baseball vs. Thomasville, 7 30 – Softball at Thomasville, 4:30 30 – Track at C. Davidson, 4:30 31 – Soccer vs. Thomasville, 7 31 – Tennis vs. Lexington, 4 31 – Golf at CCC (Sapona), 4

April 1 – Baseball vs. C. Davidson, 7

1 – Softball at C. Davidson, 6:30 8 – Soccer at Ledford, 7 8 – Golf at Davidson Co. Champ., 2 9 – Baseball at Ledford, 7 9 – Softball vs. Ledford, 7 12 – Soccer vs. C. Davidson, 7 12 – Tennis at Thomasville, 4 12 – Track at Davidson Co. Champs., 4 12 – Golf host CCC (Colonial), 4 13 – Baseball at W. Davidson, 7 13 – Softball vs. W. Davidson, 7 14 – Softball vs. N. Davidson, 7 14 – Soccer at W. Davidson, 7 14 – Tennis at C. Davidson, 4 14 – Golf at CCC (Lexington), 4 15 – Tennis vs. Randleman, 4 15 – Track at Lexington, 4:30 16 – Baseball vs. Salisbury, 7 16 – Softball at Salisbury, 4:30 19 – Soccer vs. Salisbury, 7 19 – Tennis vs. W. Davidson, 4 19 – Golf at CCC (Sapona), 4 20 – Baseball vs. Lexington, 7 20 – Softball at Lexington, 4:30 21 – Baseball vs. S. Guilford, 7 21 – Softball at Randleman, 6 21 – Soccer vs. Lexington, 7 21 – Tennis at Salisbury, 4 21 – Golf at CCC (Warrior), 4 22 – Track at Thomasville, 4:30 23 – Baseball at Thomasville, 4:30 23 – Softball vs. Thomasville, 7 26 – Soccer at Thomasville, 7 26 – Tennis at CCC tourney, 4 27 – Baseball at C. Davidson, 7 27 – Softball vs. C. Davidson, 7 27 – Tennis at CCC tourney, 4 28 – Baseball at W. Forsyth, 7 28 – Soccer at C. Davidson, 7 28 – Track at CCC Champs., 4:30 30 – Baseball vs. W. Davidson, 7 30 – Softball at W. Davidson, 6:30

May 3 – Soccer vs. W. Davidson, 7 4 – Baseball at Salisbury, 7 4 – Softball vs. Salisbury, 7 5 – Soccer at Salisbury, 7

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East Davidson’s track and field teams include top returners for the boys such as (from left) Dylan Hutchins, Nick Gibson, Dustin Sipes and Jess Dillard, plus key girls Savanna Davis (left) and Ashley Slate.

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Coaches: Mike Workman (boys, 29th year at East); Bob Schilly (girls, 13th year as head coach) Last year in review: Boys team finished sixth in the Central Carolina 2A Conference; girls were fifth Key returners: Boys – Jess Dillard, team MVP, competed in the 400 and 200 meters plus the 1600- and 800-meter relays last year; Nick Gibson, discus, a possible regional qualifier; Girls – junior Chelsea Turner, All-CCC for discus last year; senior Ashley Slate in the 400; senior Savanna Davis in the 100 hurdles. Key newcomers: Boys – Zach Greely in the 100 and 200 and possibly in the 110 and 300 hurdles; Girls – freshman Amelia Roddenbery, a distance runner with potential. The coaches say: Workman “hopes to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish.” For Schilly, “A majority of our athletes are first-year competitors. If these athletes show some loyalty to the program, we may see some improvement in future seasons.”

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The East Davidson girls soccer team hopes to soar this spring behind players such as Ashley Swaim (left) and Lyndsey Granger. The Golden Eagles play in the challenging Central Carolina 2A Conference against perennial powers like Salisbury.

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Coach: Greg Fowler (27th year at East) Last year in review: Finished 13-7 overall, 11-3 in Central Carolina Conference, lost in the first round of the 2A playoffs; four All-CCC players – seniors Anna Freeman and Brittany Smith and juniors Addie Chaney and Spencer Embler Embler was co-Player of the Year and is a three-time All-CCC pick. Key returners: Returning starters are Embler at pitcher, Chaney at catcher (both four-year starters), Paige Byrd at second and Caroline Fowler at first. Jessica Esquivel also played some varsity outfield last year as a sophomore. Key newcomers: Kelsey Long (junior pitcher/outfielder), Miranda Mullins (junior outfielder) and Brittany

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East Davidson’s golf team will be looking to improve on last year’s finish in the Central Carolina Conference while impressing a new head coach. Key performers for the Golden Eagles this spring are expected to be (front, from left) Zach Palmer and Justin Fryar along with (back, from left) Dustin Black, Chris Cox and Andrew Barker.

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Coach: Justin Sink (first year) Last year in review: Fifth in the Central Carolina 2A Conference Key returners: Seniors Zach Palmer, Chris Cox, Andrew Barker and Justin Fryar, plus juniors Spencer Everhart and Hayden Smith Key newcomers: Senior Dustin Black, freshmen Wes Cline and Bryce Deweese

The coach says: “I feel that I am inheriting a mature, well-seasoned team (from former head coach Terry Allmon). Last season we were relying on sophomores and juniors with little match experience. The big positive in that is, this year we have juniors and seniors with significant match experience. I believe that we are going to surprise some people this season. If we can make small improvements match to match, I feel that we will be very competitive in conference play.”

Osborne (junior infielder) are all up from JV. The coach says: “Losing five starters from last year and only having two seniors, we will be a young team. We have had great attitudes out of everyone so far and they are all working hard to improve. We want to improve each day, and if we can do that we will have a successful season. As far as the conference, three-time defending state champion Central Davidson will be very good again this year. West Davidson should also be good. Salisbury and Lexington improved a lot last year and should be better. This is Thomasville’s first year in the conference, so we don’t know a lot about them. We know we will have to play our best each game, and if we do that, we hope to be competitive in the conference this year.”

Junior Addie Chaney is one of several key performers back for a strong East Davidson softball squad. Chaney and fellow senior Spencer Embler are returning fourth-year starters for the Golden Eagles. They’re the only seniors on this year’s team.

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Coach: Sidney Cecil (first year leading Wildcats) Key performers: A number of underclassmen, many of whom are first-year runners, make up the Wildcats’ 18-member team this spring. Matthew Bryant should perform well in the sprints. Korby Chappell is strong in the distance events and should score in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Zack Cooley is a top returner with ex-

perience in the 300 hurdles. Chris Smith figures to excel in middle distances. Valerie Myers is coming off a personal-best of 4 feet, 3 inches in the high jump. Melanie Williams in the girl “with the fastmoving legs” and will compete in sprints. Other keys for South will be Jessica Ayers, Miles Buie, Josh Bundy, Zach Cody, Arther Flood, Caroline Harrison, Haven Leigh Hartman, J.J. Kennedy, Jason Martin, Brooke Snother, Randall

Witcher and Christina Young. The coach says: “I am really looking forward to this season – this being my first year – and the runners are really excited as well. The athletes have been working hard these past two weeks getting their legs in shape even though Mother Nature hasn’t been our best friend. With so many underclassmen, our future track program looks like it will continue to grow.

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Coach: Benny Clodfelter (first season), assistants Lawren Cody, Barrett Clodfelter Key returners: The 14-player roster includes four girls who played last year: seniors Jessica Cook and Samantha Justice and juniors Chelsie Boyce and Courtney Krayniewski. Key newcomers : New to the team this spring are freshmen Kelly Cook, Kagan Hill and Jessica McDowell,

sophomores Brenna Ferrell, Savannah Thompson and Stacey Wagoner, juniors Casey Jones and Ashlyn Lyndon, and seniors Leah March and Madison Walker. The coach says: “Due to weather, we have had only two practices outside. The team is inexperienced but very eager to learn. We have the possibility of becoming a good team, but it will be a work in progress. The girls’ attitudes are positive and they are coachable – I look forward to a great season.”

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SPRING SPORTS PLAYOFFS AT A GLANCE

Coach: Joseph Schneider (first season at the school)

NCHSAA Baseball – First round of playoffs, May 14; second, May 18; third, May 21; sectional final, May 25; regional series, May 27-29; state championship series, June 4-5

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Last year in review: Finished 6-17 overall Key returners: Six seniors who look promising: Chace Causey, Chase Nance, Doug Russell, Alex Buie, Jordan Wells and Justin Jordan; two top juniors returning are Aaron Blackmon and Zac Strother. The coach says: “Being at South Davidson my first year, I am not sure of the competition. Hopefully, we can compete on a good level.”

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NCHSAA Softball – First, May 18; second, May 21; third, May 25; sectional final, May 28; state final four championship series, June 4-5 NCHSAA Soccer – First, May 12; second, May 15; third, May 19; sectional final, May 22; regional championship, May 26; states, May 28-29 NCHSAA Tennis – Individual regionals, May 7-8; championships, May 1415; dual-team first-round, May 4; second round, May 11; third round, May 18; regional championship, May 20; state finals, May 22 NCHSAA Track – 1A/2A regionals, May 8; 1A/2A states, May 14-15; 3A/4A regionals, May 15; 3A/4A states, May 21-22 NCHSAA Golf – Regionals, May 3; state championships, May 10-11

5 – Baseball vs. Chatham C., 4:30 5 – Softball vs. Chatham C., 4:30 8 – Soccer vs. Chatham C., 6:30 9 – Baseball at Albemarle, 4:30 9 – Softball at Albemarle, 4:30 9 – Track at SW Randolph, 4:30 10 – Soccer at Albemarle, 6:30 10 – Track at W. Davidson, 4:30 11 – Baseball at Lexington, 5 11 – Softball at Wheatmore, 4:30 11 – Soccer at Wheatmore, 6:30 12 – Baseball vs. N. Moore, 5 12 – Softball vs. N. Moore, 4:30 15 – Soccer vs. N. Moore, 6:30 16 – Baseball at E. Montgomery, 7 16 – Softball at E. Montgomery, 4:30 16 – Track vs. W. Montgomery, 4:30 17 – Soccer at E. Montgomery, 6:30 18 – Baseball vs. Lexington, 5 18 – Softball vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 18 – Soccer at C. Davidson, 6 18 – Track at Wheatmore, 4:30 19 – Baseball at S. Stanly, 7 19 – Softball at S. Stanly, 7 22 – Soccer at S. Stanly, 6:30 23 – Baseball at W. Davidson, 4:30 23 – Softball vs. W. Davidson, 4:30 24 – Soccer vs. C. Davidson, 6:30 25 – Soccer at Thomasville, 6:30 25 – Track vs. Albemarle, 4:30 26 – Baseball vs. Gray Stone, 7 26 – Softball vs. Gray Stone, 4:30 27 – Track at N. Stokes Inv., 9 a.m. 29 – Soccer at Mt. Pleasant, 6 30 – Baseball at W. Montgomery, 5

30 – Softball at W. Montgomery, 4:30 31 – Baseball vs. Bishop, 6 31 – Soccer at W. Montgomery, 6:30

April 1 – Soccer vs. Gray Stone, 6:30 1 – Track at N. Rowan, 4:30 6 – Baseball vs. N. Rowan, 7 6 – Softball vs. N. Rowan, 4:30 7 – Soccer vs. N. Rowan, 6:30 8 – Baseball at C. Davidson, 7 8 – Softball at W. Davidson, 6:30 9 – Baseball at Chatham C., 7 9 – Soccer vs. W. Davidson, 6:30 12 – Soccer at Chatham C., 6:30 12 – Track at Davidson Co. Champs., 4:30 13 – Baseball vs. Albemarle, 7 13 – Softball vs. Albemarle, 4:30 14 – Softball at Chatham C., 7 14 – Soccer vs. Albemarle, 6:30 15 – Track at Chatham C., 4:30 16 – Baseball at N. Moore, 7 16 – Softball at N. Moore, 6 19 – Soccer at N. Moore, 6:30 20 – Baseball vs. E. Montgomery, 7 20 – Softball vs. E. Montgomery, 4:30 21 – Baseball vs. C. Davidson, 7 21 – Soccer vs. E. Montgomery, 6:30 22 – Track vs. Gray Stone, 4:30 23 – Baseball vs. S. Stanly, 7 23 – Softball vs. S. Stanly, 4:30 23 – Soccer at W. Davidson, 7 26 – Soccer vs. S. Stanly, 6:30 28 – Softball vs. W. Montgomery, 4:30 29 – Track at YVC Champs., 4:30 30 – Baseball vs. Gray Stone, 7 30 – Softball at Gray Stone, 4:30

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Coach: Bob Weckworth (fifth year) Last year in review: Third in Northwest 1A Conference at 7-5, went 10-6 overall Key players: Junior Joseph Riazzi, a twotime All-NWC performer, will play No. 1; senior Christian Immel and sophomore Lane Kiser will be in the second or third spots; freshman Kevin Weckworth will start off at No. 4 but could quickly challenge for No. 2; sophomore Conor Wilson will be a solid No. 5.

The coach says: “Overall, this will be a young team, with only one senior on the roster. However, the talent lies in the youth, as the additions of Kiser (injured all of last year) and Weckworth (a freshman) should make the team stronger from top to bottom. Riazzi is ready to step up and make a run at conference Player of the Year. Immel and Wilson will also be key factors, as they should be formidable as a No. 3 doubles team.” Picture this: Villains’ photo, Page 47

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Coach: Bill Morris (head pro, Colonial Country Club) Key returners: Clay Ballard, Cameron Murphy, Bryan Payne and Josh Rathell are returning players for East Davidson this year. Key newcomers: Cody Wike and Tyler Steelman are new to tennis, but show great promise this year.

The coach says: “This year looks to be a good year for us. Given we are in a tough conference for tennis (the Central Carolina 2A, with state powers Salisbury and Lexington), we hope to pull out some victories and strive to place higher than last year. As always, it is a pleasure to be coaching these young men and I hope to see some great improvement in their overall games this year.”

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5 – Lax (DH) at SE Guilford, 5:30 6 – Baseball at Impact tourn., TBA 8 – Soccer vs. Union Pines, 6 8 – Tennis at SW Guilford, 4:30 9 – Baseball vs. Parkland, 7 9 – Soccer vs. Page, 6 9 – Tennis vs. Wesleyan, 4:30 9 – Lax (B) at G’boro Day, 7 9 – Lax (G) at SW Guilford, 6 10 – Tennis vs. NW Guilford, 4:30 10 – Track at Parkland, 4:30 10 – Golf vs. SE Guilford, 4 11 – Soccer vs. Mt. Tabor, 6 11 – Lax (B) at Reynolds, 7:30 12 – Baseball vs. E. Forsyth, 7 12 – Softball vs. Grimsley, 6 12 – Lax (G) vs. W. Guilford, 6 15 – Track at S. Guilford, 4:30 15 – Lax (B) vs. SW Guilford, 7:30 16 – Baseball vs. SW Guilford, 7 16 – Softball vs. Parkland, 6 16 – Soccer at Parkland, 6 16 – Tennis at Wesleyan, 4:30 16 – Lax (G) at N. Guilford, 6 17 – Tennis vs. Glenn, 4:30 17 – Track vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 18 – Soccer vs. E. Forsyth, 6 18 – Lax (B) at Hickory, 7 19 – Baseball at NW Guilford, 7 19 – Softball vs. E. Forsyth, 6 19 – Lax (G) vs. NW Guilford, 6 20 – Track at Elon Classic, 10 a.m. 22 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 22 – Lax (B) vs. W. Guilford, 7:30 22 – Lax (G) at Grimsley, 7 23 – Baseball vs. SE Guilford, 7 23 – Softball vs. SW Guilford, 6 23 – Soccer at SW Guilford, 7 23 – Tennis vs. W. Guilford, 4:30 23 – Lax (B) at NW Guilford, 7:30 24 – Baseball at Grimsley, 5 24 – Tennis vs. Parkland, 4:30 24 – Track at SW Guilford, 4:30 24 – Lax (G) vs. Watauga, 6 25 – Softball at NW Guilford, 6 25 – Soccer vs. NW Guilford, 6 25 – Golf at PTC (Maple Leaf), 4 25 – Lax (G) at Page, 7 26 – Baseball vs. Glenn, 7 26 – Golf at SE Guilford, 4

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Coach: Brien Braswell Key returners: Alex Kubrick and Karina Menjivar lead the senior group. Kubrick, a keeper who has signed with Charlotte, has had a wonderful career and will need to continue that trend as well as be a senior leader on a young team. Menjivar has overcome injury and will hopefully provide quality minutes in the defensive third. Juniors Allie Scheffer and Elise Widman also are back. Scheffer is the lead marker and anchors one side of the field. She has done a great job in the past and is being counted upon to do the same this spring. Widman returns from an ACL tear the first day of practice last year and hopefully will provide quality minutes, most likely in the defensive third. Key sophomores with experience include Claudia Menjivar, Eroncia Berry, Leah Flem-

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ing, Dorian Taylor and Sarah Frawley. Menjivar and Berry will anchor the midfield and the Tigers’ transition will depend upon them. Fleming can play a variety of places and might have to. Taylor plays up top and will have to carry some of the scoring load vacated by graduated Ruthie Lile. Frawley is another utility player who will be valuable in the team’s success. Key newcomers: Freshmen Anne Scheffer (Allie’s sister) and Lauren Merritt will be impact players, with their positions to be figured out in the early weeks of the season. Lauren Walker also will impact the team as a central defender. The coach says: “We are young, but that’s a good DON DAVIS JR. | HPE thing. Our success will de- Karina Menjivar (left) and Alex Kubrick aim to provide a pend on team chemistry strong defensive wall for the Tigers this season. and avoiding the injury 3A to the Piedmont Triad the boys found out firstbug! Of course, going 4A 4A) is a difficult task, as hand last season.” (from the Mid-Piedmont

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Coaches: Mark Pitts (boys, second year); Anne Popek (girls, third year) Last year in review: Boys team won Mid-Piedmont 3A conference championship, had four state qualifiers; girls team placed second in the MPC with two state qualifiers. Key returners: Boys – senior Kenyon Jones in the sprints and jumps, junior Caleb Cates in the throws, junior Avery Washington in the sprints, juniors Luke Heavner and Gene Stumpff in the relays; Girls – juniors Sarah Justice and Brielle Burnett in the sprints (state qualifi-

ers), junior Grace Popek in distance events (conference distance athlete of the year as a sophomore). Key newcomers: Boys – sophomores Paul Sidam and Patrick Francis in distance, freshman Barry Harris in hurdles, freshman Thomas Popek in middle distance; Girls – sophomore Kim Walsh in distance events. Coach Popek says: “We have a really young, inexperienced team with a lot of new faces and we are looking toward the future! Every meet will be exciting and unpredictable.”

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1-3 – Baseball at Cary tourn., TBA 5 – Tennis at E. Forsyth, 4:30 5 – Golf host PTC (Sedgefield), 4 5 – Lax (B) vs. Grimsley, 7:30 6 – Baseball at HP Central, 7 6 – Softball at Andrews, 5 6 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 6 7 – Tennis at G’boro Day, 4:30 7 – Track vs. NW Guilford, 4:30 8 – Soccer vs. Glenn, 6

8 – Tennis at SE Guilford, 4:30 8 – Golf at PTC (Blair), 4 9 – Baseball at Parkland, 7 9 – Softball vs. Glenn, 6 9 – Lax (B) at SW Guilford, 7 9 – Lax (G) vs. SW Guilford, 6 10 – Track at Morris Inv., 10 a.m. 12 – Tennis at NW Guilford, 4:30 12 – Golf at PTC (Pine Knolls), 4 12 – Lax (G) vs. SE Guilford, 6 13 – Baseball at E. Forsyth, 7 13 – Softball at HP Central, 6 13 – Soccer at HP Central, 7 13 – Lax (B) vs. Hickory, 7 13 – Lax (G) at W. Guilford, 7 14 – Baseball vs. Randleman, 7 14 – Lax (G) vs. N. Guilford, 7 15 – Soccer vs. Parkland, 6 15 – Tennis vs. SW Guilford, 4:30 15 – Golf at PTC (Wilshire), 4 15 – Lax (B) at Bishop, 7 16 – Baseball at SW Guilford, 7 16 – Softball at Parkland, 7 16 – Lax (B) vs. NW Guilford, 7:30 17 – Track at Freedom Friendship Meet, 10 a.m. 19 – Tennis at Glenn, 4:30 19 – Golf at PTC (Bryan), 4 19 – Lax (G) vs. Page, 6 20 – Baseball vs. NW Guilford, 7 20 – Softball at E. Forsyth, 7 20 – Soccer at E. Forsyth, 6 20 – Tennis at W. Guilford, 4:30 20 – Lax (B) at W. Guilford, 7:30 20 – Lax (G) at NW Guilford, 6 21 – Tennis vs. HP Central, 4:30 21 – Track vs. Glenn, 4:30 21 – Golf at PTC (Jamestown), 4 22 – Baseball at N. Davidson, 7 22 – Soccer vs. SW Guilford, 6 22 – Golf at Guilford Co. Inv., 1 23 – Softball at SW Guilford, 7 23 – Lax (B) at Grimsley, 4:30 23 – Lax (G) vs. Grimsley, 6 26 – Softball at Grimsley, 7 26 – Golf host PTC tourney, 4 27 – Baseball at Glenn, 7 27 – Softball vs. NW Guilford, 6 27 – Soccer at NW Guilford, 6 27 – Tennis at PTC tourney, 1 28 – Track at HP Central, 4:30 30 – Baseball vs. HP Central, 7

May

1 – Baseball at HiToms Classic, TBA 4 – Softball at Glenn, 7 4 – Soccer at Glenn, 6 4-5 – Track at PTC Champs., 5 5 – Baseball at PTC tourney, TBA 6 – Soccer vs. HP Central, 6 7 – Softball vs. HP Central, 7 10 – Softball at PTC tourney, TBA

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Coach: Dan Turner (third year) Last year in review: Third place in Mid-Piedmont 3A, fifth at regional; All-MPC for Mike Widman, Charles Thompson and Kevin Herron Key returners: Junior Herron at No. 2, junior Thompson at No. 3, junior Josh Boyce at No. 4 and sophomore Ben Turner in the fifth spot. Justin Mayfield, Richard Hong, Sean Spencer, John Christ, Isaac Chang, Elliot Gangi and Andrew Hunt should compete at No. 6. Key newcomers: Senior Gabe Snyder (transfer from Veritas Academy) in the No. 1 spot The coach says: “Ragsdale is hoping to compete for the (Piedmont Triad 4A) title and have four players

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Catcher Walt Sparks (front) and teammates (back, from left) Mike Whited, DeSean Anderson, Mike Leitner, Ben Fultz, Billy Stone and Chris Armwood are set to lead the Tigers. Coach: Donnie Maness (15th season) Last year in review: 22-3 overall, 11-1 MidPiedmont Conference championship, won Easter tournament, lost to Parkland in first round of 3A playoffs; three losses fewest ever for Tigers under Maness; all-conference honors for Nick McBride (Player of the Year), Kyle Brandenburg, David Coffey, Ryan Andrejco, DeSean Anderson and Ben Fultz; Tigers had first draft pick when the Texas Rangers took McBride in the fifth round. Key returners: Senior outfielder/pitcher DeSean Anderson (.390 batting average, nine doubles, 36 runs, 17 steals); senior second baseman Ben Fultz (.426, three home runs, eight doubles, 26 RBIs); senior pitcher/first baseman Billy Stone (.416, five doubles, 18 RBIs); senior catcher/pitcher Walt Sparks (.250, excellent defensive skills); senior shortstop Mike Whited (.296, two homers, great defensive SS). Key newcomers: Junior pitcher/infielder Zach Hodges (16 home runs for JV in past two seasons); junior outfielder Grant Desjardins (great speed, great effort).

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capable of shooting even-par or better. We need to be consistent in our work throughout the season to improve in our short game, and have set a goal of qualifying for the regional and working hard to qualify for the state championships as a team. Last year we were inconsistent around the greens, and with continued improvement, we should be able to shoot scores that will allow us to be competitive with the stronger teams in 4A. Herron and Thompson have worked hard to improve their ball-striking and should improve in course management; the addition of Snyder should anchor the team with consistent scoring in the No. 1 position, and Boyce and Turner should combine to give Ragsdale the fourth score that is needed to compete in conference play.”

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Leitner and Chris Armwood, junior catcher Trey Swaim, junior pitcher Tyler Southcott, sophomore pitcher/third baseman Mitch Carstens, junior outfielder Logan Erath, junior pitcher/outfielder Sean Faherty, junior pitcher TyQuan Roberts. The coach says: “Everything we accomplish will be based on how well we pitch. We lost 21 wins on the mound last year, including a fifth-rounder as well as a kid who went 22-2 in his career (David Coffey). However, our pitchers should continue to get better and hopefully will be throwing it best at the end of the season. Our pitchers are inexperienced, but they have talent. I think a lot of teams would love to have our staff. We are excited to bring back a combination of speed and power on offense as well as a very experienced defense. I expect this defense to be a real strength, as the entire middle of the field is full of veteran players. Hopefully these veterans will help our young pitchers and allow them the confidence to attack the strike zone. All seven teams in our league (the new Piedmont Triad 4A) made the playoffs last year. Five of us are used to making the playoffs every year. It should be challenging, but fun. If our players are competitors, they should really be looking forward to this league.”

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Daniel Branston, Justin Koenig, John Ritter, Lance Jones, Emmanuel Obi-Rapu Coach: Sara Harmon (second year) Last year in review: 13-3 record, Mid-Piedmont Conference champions, made it to the 3A state quarterfinals before a 5-4 loss to Lake Norman; all-conference honors for Cameron Smith, Justin Koenig and Emmanuel Obi-Rapu Key returners: Smith, a sophomore, competed at No. 1 last season and reached state tournament in singles; Koenig, a junior, will play No. 2 after being No. 3 last year. He was 11-0 in doubles. Obi-Rapu provides great senior leadership along with John Ritter. Key newcomers: Senior Daniel Branston transferred in and will contend for a spot in the top six. Freshman

Steven Walsh should get quality matches, especially in doubles.

The coach says: “You always hope you can go undefeated or be No. 1 in the conference at the end of the regular season. All the guys want to be successful and are really pushing each other in practice to elevate their game since we know we’ll be playing a lot of tough competition this year in (the Piedmont Triad) 4A. I’ve been really impressed with the offseason improvements of Justin Koenig, Stephen Miller, Christopher Wood and LaBryant Ashworth. All their hard work is going to benefit us during the season. We’ve got a lot of tough matches scheduled, hoping it will better prepare us for a chance at postseason play.”


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Coach: Hugh Fiery (second year) Last year in review: 3-12, had home win vs. rival Southwest, lost in firstround of playoffs; lost key senior leaders and defensive standouts.

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Ragsdale’s girls lacrosse team looks to blaze a new trail as the team enters just its second season of official varsity competition. From left: Abigail Hall, Kayla Lundeen, Kristen Eguren and Ashley Kiser. Coach: Buford Fox (second year), assistants Rick Hall, Monica Kim Last year in review: First year with girls lacrosse at Ragsdale, only had three players with any playing time; went 6-8 with a great amount of improvement as the season went on; lost Chelsea Gettle, selected to play in the East-West all-star game.

backup goalie Katie Quillen (will be counted on to learn the goalie box and be a valuable backup to Eguren); freshman Hannah Neal (very quick, athletic, a bright future).

The coach says: “We are in a new conference and will be under the sanctioning of the NCHSAA this year. We should be competitive in every one of our matches as we return 19 experienced players from last year. I look to Ashley Kiser and Key returners: Junior center Ashley Kiser, Abby Hall to help us score, although senior attack wing Abby Hall, senior we have 12 to 14 girls who could put goalie Kristen Eguren, junior defender the ball consistently in the net. Kathryn Kayla Lundeen, sophomore attack Carter has improved her conditionwing Kathryn Carter, senior defense ing and has shown well thus far in our wing Gretchen Hemm, junior defender scrimmages that she can be a force. We Makayla Swaim, senior attack Emily are small size-wise, so it is crucial we use Byerly, junior attack Grace Lempp, juour speed to our advantage. Our sticknior defender Ashley Harrington, senior work has improved and I will be anxious defender Ana Saravia, senior attack Kyto see how we do against other people. lie Garrison, senior attack Emily RotherI feel like Western and Northern will be mil, junior defender Isabelle Kinney. up near the top. Page and Northwest Key newcomers: Junior attack and defen- – heck, anyone could be in the race for the two playoff spots. This is a great sive wing Sandy Chung (great speed, group of girls that I am fortunate to has taken to the game very well, works coach. Ragsdale has a great administrahard every second on the field); junior tion and school – we want to hold up Stella Daniels (after taking a year off, the high expectations on and off the returns and adds explosiveness and field. This group of ladies has the desire great work ethic; very coachable and and abilities to do that.” will contribute immediately); junior

Key returners: Senior Andrew Walker – taking over inside the cage, has put in extensive work in the offseason to anchor DON DAVIS JR. | HPE the defense; seniors Jordan Hjelmquist, Brandon These Tigers stand ready for action. From left: Luke Sonricker, Briggs Kennington and Mike LeCompte. Walker, Michael Nunn and Brett Zinsmeister Lenoir-Rhyne to be part Despite the losses of a – supporting cast in the of inaugural lacrosse few key starters from defensive zone. Offense class; other threats last season, the team has is balanced, potent, include crafty attackmen filled in quite nicely. All reloaded and ready to Luke Sonricker and Tyler in all, this season should go! Midfielders Mike Edwards. be a good one. The exLeCompte, Dale Wray, pectations of the coachBriggs Kennington and ing staff and the supportThe coach says: “Things Jacob Erickson lead the ing community are very are looking extremely way, with Kennington high for this spring.” positive for the Tigers. and Erickson headed to

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2010 Spring Schedule March

6 – Baseball vs. Lake Norman, 1 8 – Softball vs. Ledford, 6 8 – Soccer vs. N. Davidson, 7 8 – Tennis at Reagan, 4 9 – Baseball vs. NW Guilford, 7 9 – Softball at N. Davidson, 6 9 – Soccer at W. Forsyth, 7 9 – Golf at Reagan, 3:30 10 – Tennis vs. SW Guilford, 4 10 – Track at NW Guilford, 4:30 11 – Soccer at N. Davidson, 7 11 – Golf at W. Forsyth, 3:30 12 – Baseball vs. Parkland, 7 13 – Baseball at Greenville Rose, 3 16 – Softball vs. NW Guilford, 7 16 – Soccer at NW Guilford, 7 16 – Tennis vs. HP Central, 4:30 16 – Golf vs. N. Davidson, 4 17 – Softball at E. Surry, 6 17 – Tennis at Ragsdale, 4:30 17 – Track vs. Parkland, 4:30 18 – Baseball at Parkland, 7 18 – Soccer vs. Parkland, 7 18 – Golf at Reynolds, 4 19 – Baseball vs. SW Guilford, 7 19 – Softball vs. Parkland, 7 20 – Track at Elon Inv., 9 a.m. 22 – Soccer at E. Forsyth, 7 22 – Tennis at E. Forsyth, 4:30 23 – Baseball vs. HP Central, 7 24 – Soccer vs. SW Guilford, 7 24 – Tennis vs. NW Guilford, 4:30 25 – Baseball vs. Sissonville (W.Va.), 6 25 – Softball at E. Forsyth, 7 25 – Tennis vs. Glenn, 4:30 25 – Golf host PTC (Maple Leaf), 4 26 – Baseball at Ragsdale, 7 26 – Softball vs. SW Guilford, 7 27 – Track at Queen City Relays, 9 a.m.

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Coach: Aldine Payne (seventh year) Last year in review: 20-9 overall, 100 for Piedmont Triad Conference championship, lost to Southwestern Randolph in the third round of the 3A playoffs; lost two all-conference, all-district and all-state players in Anna Weavil and Rebecca Rothrock, who was co-PTC Player of the Year as a senior and won it as a sophomore. Key returners: Senior Kat Zimmer, UNC Pembroke signee, all-state last year and two-time PTC Pitcher of the Year; senior Megan Mabe, Surry Community College signee, All-PTC and all-district shortstop last year; sophomore Kristen Terry, all-state left fielder last year; sophomore Catherine Head, All-PTC first baseman last year; junior Rachel Wilson, All-PTC right fielder last year; former third baseman Meredith Tilley will move to catcher this year and Meagan Tilley returns at second base. Key newcomers: Senior Sarah Reichart did not play last year but was an All-PTC and all-district third baseman in 2008; junior Karen Branscome, expected to start in center; sophomore Morgan Meyer.

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From left: Kristen Terry, Kat Zimmer, Meredith Tilley (catcher), Sarah Reichart and Megan Mabe are ready to lead the Bobcats to big things this year. The coach says: “The community and the faculty expect us to be good. We are going to a new conference at the 4A level, so our work is cut out for us. We are playing three defending state champions – 1A East Surry on the road, 3A Southwestern Randolph,

and 4A Alexander Central on the road. Plus we play North Davidson, always a 4A powerhouse that finished second last year in the state, and open up with Ledford – a team that is a possible state champion. We will find out early how good we are or will be.”

GLENN TRACK AND FIELD Key returners: Seniors Ashley Torrence, Latosha Bell and Ebony Pratt lead the way for the girls, with Torrence being the most experienced returning runner. She competed in the state meet in the pole vault last year.

Key newcomers: Thirteen freshmen and sophomores highlight the girls roster, including a pair of stand-

May

1-3 – Baseball at Orange Hilltop, TBA 2-3 – Softball at DH Conley Inv., TBA 5 – Soccer at N. Forsyth, 6 5 – Tennis at Parkland, 4:30 5 – Golf at PTC (Sedgefield), 4 6 – Baseball at E. Forsyth, 7 6 – Softball vs. HP Central, 7 6 – Soccer vs. HP Central, 7 7 – Tennis vs. Reynolds, 4:30 7 – Track at SW Guilford, 4:30 8 – Softball at Alex. Central, 6

1 – Baseball at HiToms Classic, TBA 4 – Softball vs. Ragsdale, 7 4 – Soccer vs. Ragsdale, 7 5 – Baseball at PTC tourney, TBA 5 – Track at PTC Champs., 5 6 – Softball at W. Forsyth, 7 6 – Soccer vs. E. Forsyth, 7 6 – Track at PTC Champs., 5 7 – Softball vs. E. Forsyth, 7 10 – Softball host PTC tourney, TBA

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Coach: Mario Blanchard (girls)

April

8 – Soccer at Ragsdale, 6 8 – Golf at PTC (Blair), 4 9 – Baseball at NW Guilford, 7 9 – Softball at Ragsdale, 6 10 – Track at Neal Morris Inv., 9 a.m. 12 – Golf at PTC (Pine Knolls), 4 12-16 – Baseball at WS/FC tourney, TBA 12-16 – Softball at WS/FC tourney, TBA 12-16 – Soccer at WS/FC tourney, TBA 12-13 – Tennis at WS/FC tourney, TBA 13 – Track at HP Central, 4:30 13 – Golf at WS/FC Champ., 1 15 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 15 – Golf at PTC (Wilshire), 4 15-16 – Track at WS/FC Meet, 6 19 – Tennis vs. Ragsdale, 4:30 19 – Golf at PTC (Bryan), 4 20 – Baseball at SW Guilford, 7 20 – Softball at Parkland, 7 20 – Soccer at Parkland, 7 21 – Softball vs. SW Randolph, 7 21 – Tennis vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 21 – Track at Ragsdale, 4:30 21 – Golf at PTC (Jamestown), 4 22 – Softball at NW Guilford, 7 23 – Baseball at HP Central, 7 23 – Soccer vs. NW Guilford, 7 24 – Track at E. Alamance Inv., 4:30 26 – Golf at PTC tourney (Sedgefield), 1 27 – Baseball vs. Ragsdale, 7 27 – Softball at SW Guilford, 7 27 – Soccer at SW Guilford, 7 27 – Tennis host PTC tourney, 1 28 – Track at E. Forsyth, 4:30 29 – Soccer at HP Central, 7 30 – Baseball vs. E. Forsyth, 7 30 – Softball at HP Central, 6

out ninth-graders to watch in Charnae Furches and Delaney Kapec. Coach Blanchard says: “There are three seniors on the team this year, so the team is very young. This team appears to have more talent and athletes than last year’s team. Although we are moving up to 4A (from the Piedmont Triad 3A to the PTC 4A) this year, I am looking forward to seeing this team grow and compete well.”

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Coach: David Martin (first season) Key returners: Sophomore C.J. Brown in the No. 1 spot. The coach says: “We’re excited about playing in a new conference (the Brown Mid-Piedmont 3A) this year and are definitely working to improve our team over the course of the season.”

Catcher Jason Smith and teammates (back, from left) Luke Manuel, Parks Jordan, Justin Hunt, Ryan Parker and Noah Pearl look to help Glenn cover the bases for Piedmont Triad 4A Conference success this season.

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Coach: Tara Simoncini (second year as boys coach, fourth total)

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Coach: John Fowler (sixth season as head coach, 20th in program) Last year in review: 18-9, secondplace regular season and Piedmont Triad 3A Conference Tournament champions, lost in second round of state playoffs to Marvin Ridge Key returners: All-State senior infielder Parks Jordan has signed with North Carolina – polished hitter, solid fielder and great baserunner, exceptional leader; senior pitcher Justin Hunt has signed with UNC-Asheville – 6foot-3, 215-pound power pitcher was dominant at times last season and will “carry the load” this year; sophomore third baseman/catcher Jason Smith – strong-armed, solid hitter who was called up for 2009

playoffs and hit .800, looks to lead both defensively and offensively with potential for power numbers at the plate; junior outfielder Ryan Parker – good left-handed swing, speedy, possibility for power at the plate; senior outfielder Luke Manuel – hit .450 and led team in doubles in limited action. A healthy senior season could produce big numbers at the plate. Key newcomers: Sophomore Noah Pearl, a transfer from Andrews, will pitch and play infield or outfield – swings bat well and runs well, a plus to the program; sophomore Garrett Motsinger – a left-handed hitting middle infielder with good speed, arm and fielding who will provide an offensive spark; freshman Alec Hodges – a 6-2, 195-pound pitcher

with a heavy fastball and good breaking ball: could be dominant, can play first and third base as well, has power potential as a hitter. The coach says: “The Bobcats will be ‘young’ in many ways, having lost four starters, including 70 percent of last year’s pitching. Players will move to new positions and be asked to play various places throughout. With hard work and patience, the possibilities for success are there. Last year was the first in 14 years NOT winning a conference title, so the Bobcats will be focused to return to the top. Team verse for the year is Isaiah 40:31, which underscores the realized need for patience combined with hard work as we progress through what then could be a championship season.”

Last year in review: 3-9 overall, 2-6 North State 2A Conference, fourth place; all-conference honors for Mason King and Aaron Perry, who finished in second place for doubles in the conference tournament and have just started their season playing for Winston-Salem State. Key returners: Junior Omar Ramirez, easily the fastest player on the team, will take the No. 1 seed after winning five singles matches last season; junior Cody Hanks takes No. 2 – he’s our slicer; junior Garrett Glidewell will play in the third spot – don’t let

his size fool you; sophomore Josh Richardson is also back on the court. Key newcomers: Good turnout for tryouts included sophomore soccer player Zack Creed – “Speedy Creedy” – along with potential talent from sophomore Jordan Tilley and freshman Cody Richardson (Josh’s brother). The coach says: “With having six of my players graduate last year, my returning players are extremely important. This season is extremely important to my returning guys. This is a new conference for us (Mid-Piedmont 3A) and my guys feel like

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Coach: Steve Edwards (seventh year) Last year in review: 22-17, third in the Piedmont Triad Conference, seventh in the 3A regional; had one player advance to the state tournament (Christian Hawley) and one lose out in a six-man playoff

(Zack Binkley); Hawley was PTC Player of the Year. Key returners: Top six in the lineup from last season all return, led by Hawley. The all-state performer was third in the Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County championship, a

regional runner-up and seventh in the state championship. Hawley is an N.C. State signee. The coach says: “I think Northwest Guilford is the team to beat. I just hope my seniors show up and produce.”

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Juniors Omar Ramirez (left) and Cody Hanks return to lead Southern Guilford’s tennis team this spring.


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Coach: Brad Meadows (second season) Key returners: Rachel Earnhardt, a junior attacking midfielder who had five assists and one goal as an all-conference selection last year: junior defensive midfielder and forward Amber Wood, who was all-conference for the Storm last season; junior center back Emilye Wills; sophomore forward Karley Hyatt (four goals, one assist last season); senior center back Kim Delap; and senior defensive back Olivia Ritter. Key newcomers: Kateland Patino, freshman forward/keeper; Ashley Sugg, freshman forward/ midfielder

The coach says: “We know that moving up to a 3A conference that has many talented teams will

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Top players back for Southern this spring include Olivia Ritter and Rachel Earnhardt (12) and (back, from left) Amber Wood, Emilye Wills, Kimberly Delap and Karley Hyatt. be a difficult challenge. Although we are young,

I believe we can compete if we continue to prog-

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Last year in review: Girls won third straight North State Conference title with five athletes taking first in several events; finished 18th in 2A Mideast Regional; season record of 21-6 and conference record of 5-1. Key returners: Senior Landra Graves, shot put; junior Keesha Johnson, sprints; sophomore Jazmin Wilkerson, pole vault Key newcomers: Freshmen Dajia Ervin (sprints), Aarion Moore (distance) and P’tika Atwater-Joseph (distance)

April

6 – Baseball vs. Trinity, 7 6 – Tennis at Andrews, 4:30 7 – Softball at NW Guilford, 6:30

SOUTHERN GUILFORD TRACK AND FIELD Coach: Veronica Lewis (girls, seventh year)

5 – Softball at HP Central, 6 8 – Softball vs. Trinity, 6:30 8 – Tennis vs. E. Guilford, 4:30 8 – Track vs. SWR/Asheboro, 4:30 8 – Golf at SW Randolph, 4 9 – Softball at E. Guilford, 7 9 – Soccer at Trinity, 6 9 – Golf vs. E. Guilford, 4 10 – Baseball vs. HP Central, 7 10 – Track at SW Guilford, 4:30 10 – Golf vs. HP Central, 4 11 – Baseball at Trinity, 7 11 – Soccer vs. HP Central, 6 11 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 12 – Softball vs. SW Randolph, 7 15 – Baseball vs. E. Davidson, 5 15 – Soccer at Andrews, 6 15 – Tennis vs. Ledford, 4:30 15 – Track vs. Ragsdale, 4:30 16 – Softball at Prov. Grove, 4 16 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 6 17 – Baseball at HP Central, 7 17 – Tennis at N. Forsyth, 4:30 17 – Track vs. HP Central, 4:30 17 – Golf at HP Central, 4 18 – Soccer at E. Guilford, 6 18 – Tennis vs. Andrews, 4:30 18 – Golf at NE Guilford, 4 19 – Baseball at Ledford, 7 19 – Softball at Randleman, 4:30 22 – Softball vs. NW Guilford, 6:30 22 – Tennis at Asheboro, 4:30 22 – Golf at N. Forsyth, 4 23 – Baseball vs. N. Forsyth, 7 23 – Softball vs. N. Forsyth, 7 23 – Track at Asheboro, 4:30 23 – Golf at Asheboro, 4:30 24 – Soccer at N. Forsyth, 6 24 – Tennis vs. SW Randolph, 4:30 25 – Baseball vs. Asheboro, 7 25 – Softball vs. Asheboro, 7 25 – Soccer at Bartlett Yancey, 6 25 – Tennis vs. Randleman, 4:30 25 – Track vs. Randleman, 4:30 26-29 – Baseball at E. Guilford tourney, TBA

The coach says: “The girls will definitely be a team to watch as we take the various talents of these individuals and potentially work for a run at the first state track title in school history. This is our first year running in 3A competition and a new conference (the Mid-Piedmont). Our team is equally balanced with first-year runners and seasoned athletes, but all of these ladies are committed to continuing a winning tradition. Two notable changes to the team are new assistant coach Jamal Willis, who brings a vast knowledge of sprints and strength training, and freshman phenomenon Dajia Ervin, who has considerable experience in AAU sports and competitive racing year round.”

7 – Soccer vs. Ledford, 6 7 – Tennis at NE Guilford, 4:30 8 – Softball vs. Andrews, 5 8 – Soccer at Parkland, 6 10 – Track at Neil Morris Inv., 9 a.m. 12 – Baseball at SW Randolph, 6 12 – Soccer at Asheboro, 6 12 – Tennis vs. N. Forsyth, 4:30 12 – Golf host MPC match, 4 13 – Baseball vs. NE Guilford, 7 13 – Softball vs. NE Guilford, 7 13 – Golf at Trinity, 4 14 – Softball vs. Prov. Grove, 7 14 – Soccer vs. SW Randolph, 6 14 – Tennis vs. Asheboro, 4:30 14 – Track at Ledford, 4:30 16 – Baseball vs. Ledford, 7 16 – Softball vs. Ledford, 7 16 – Track at Guilford Co. Champs., 5:30 17 –Track at Guilford Co. Champs., 9 a.m. 19 – Soccer at NE Guilford, 6 19 – Tennis at SW Randolph, 4:30 19 – Golf at Ledford, 4 20 – Baseball at N. Forsyth, 7 20 – Softball at N. Forsyth, 7 20 – Track at NE Guilford, 4:30 21 – Baseball at E. Davidson, 7 21 – Softball vs. N. Guilford, 7 21 – Soccer at Ledford, 6 21 – Tennis vs. NE Guilford, 4:30 22 – Softball at Asheboro, 7 23 – Baseball at Asheboro, 7 23 – Tennis at Trinity, 4:30 26 – Softball at Trinity, 4:30 26 – Soccer vs. N. Forsyth, 6 26 – Golf at MPC tourney, TBA 27 – Baseball vs. SW Randolph, 7 27 – Softball at SW Randolph, 7 27 – Track at Ledford, 4:30 28 – Baseball at E. Guilford, 7 28 – Soccer vs. Asheboro, 6 29 – Soccer vs. Randleman, 6 30 – Baseball at NE Guilford, 7 30 – Softball at NE Guilford, 6

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Coach: Jeff Carter (fourth season) Last year in review: 9-11 overall 5-5 North State Conference for third place, lost in first round of 2A playoffs to Greene Central; all-conference – Robert Knight, Scott Ferris and Daniel Doss.

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Southern Guilford seeks another strong softball season with the likes of top returners (from left) Laura Daly, Lindsay Inman, Morgan Hendricks, Jessica Frame and Brittany Kallam.

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Coach: John Funderburk (third year with varsity, fourth overall) Last year in review: 15-7 overall, 7-3 North State 2A Conference (second place for a second straight year) Key returners: All-conference players Lindsay Inman and Jessica Frame (seniors) and Brittany Kallam and Morgan Hendricks (juniors); Laura Daly was honorable mention All-NSC. Key newcomers: Freshman Robin Stoner; players up from JV are Akeala Goins (senior), Amanda Holliday, Heather Sisk, Amber Stanley, Harley Randolph and Katie Nelson. The coach says: “We are very excited about the upcoming season

and very aware that we have our hands full not only because of moving from 2A to 3A (the Mid-Piedmont Conference) but having defending state champion Southwestern Randolph and state powerhouse Ledford in our conference. This alone can cause some sleepless nights. With always-solid Asheboro and North Forsyth also in the mix, our plate will be full. Our schedule this year includes Eastern, Northwest, Northern, Randleman, Providence Grove, Northeast and Trinity, all teams that are always solid performers. Pitchers Morgan Hendricks and Robin Stoner will face some of the best players in the state, but will depend on our veteran infielders to make solid defensive plays. Our outfield will be young and testing varsity

waters for the first time. They definitely will have to grow up quickly. Heather Sisk, Akeala Goins, Amanda Holliday, Katie Nelson, Harley Randolph and Amber Stanley are all experienced middle school and junior varsity players. Hopefully they will accept their new challenge and have a very good year. Playing with West Stokes in our conference the last four years has given us great experience. I feel with the abilities and enthusiasm we have seen as a coaching staff, we will try to put our best step forward. The returning seniors are setting the bar high for this season and if they will lead by example we could have a successful year. Our hope is for a winning season and to make the state tournament – then, anything could happen.”

Key returners: Senior pitcher/infielder Daniel Doss – team captain, a hard worker who had a great junior campaign, led conference with a .630 league-only batting average, hit .447 overall with one home run and 12 RBIs; junior pitcher/catcher Kelly Patram – a versatile player who has a strong arm and the ability to play several positions, started every game last year hitting close to .300 with two home runs and 11 RBIs, honorable mention All-NSC. Other returning seniors are outfielder Ian Hanson and first baseman Christian Hutchens. Key newcomers: Sophomore pitcher/infielder Blaine Lamb, will be called upon to shore up a portion of the depleted

middle infield; junior pitcher/third baseman Daniel Jones, a steady JV player last year with the ability to develop into a solid everyday player; junior outfielder James Sara. The coach says: “The Storm will face an uphill battle as they enter into the tough Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference. The Storm graduated six seniors off last year’s team and also lost two underclassmen who transferred to Wesleyan. This edition of the Storm will be both young and inexperienced, but I am excited about the opportunity to watch the younger guys develop. We are not going to intimidate anyone when we get off the bus; however, we are planning on showing up. We are trying to instill the mindset of improving every pitch of every inning of every game – if we can achieve that goal, good things can happen. This is a great group of guys, and if we will focus on what we can control instead of what we can’t, we will be fine.”

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they have something to prove and really want to get out there and win. In years past, it was all about King and Perry. This year, Ramirez, Hanks and Glidewell are looking to shine in the spotlight. I know that some of these guys practiced over the winter and I can’t wait to see them in action. Our team goal is to have more wins than last season and to make a positive impression on the new conference. As the coach, my goal is to have the young players learn as much as they can from the older players so in a year or two, it’ll be their time to shine.”

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Daniel Doss (left) and Kelly Patram are key returning players for this year’s Storm baseball squad.


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2010 Spring Schedule March 5 – Baseball vs. N. Stokes, 4:30 5 – Softball vs. N. Stokes, 4 5 – Soccer at N. Davidson, 7 5 – Lax vs. G’boro Day, 5:30 8 – Tennis at G’boro Day, 4 8 – Track vs. FCD/HPCA/WCDS, 4

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Coach: Melissa Anderson (second year) Last year in review: 13-6, finished in a three-way tie for Northwest Conference championship; only team in NWC to advance to the final eight of the NCHSAA 1A playoffs; Anderson named regional Coach of the Year. Key players: Senior center midfielder Emily Cirano, leading scorer, allconference and all-region, should be all-state this year; sophomore center midfielder Kaitlyn Grant, all-conference; junior center back Stephanie deGuzman, all-conference; sophomore forward/center back Molly O’Keefe.

Key newcomers: Freshman back Miranda Wonecki, freshman midfielder Caroline Valitutto

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Looking to have a ball for the Bishop McGuinness girls soccer team this spring will be (from left) Molly O’Keefe, Stephanie deGuzman and Kaitlyn Grant. The coach says: “We have a majority of our team returning, with the addition of three freshmen who will really help our success. Combining

with the 2A conference will be a challenge, but I believe we can still dominate and move through the playoffs.”

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Coach: Glen Hunt (sixth year) Last year in review: 16-7, tied for first in Northwest Conference, lost in third round of 1A playoffs to Albemarle; all-conference honors for Matt Rembielak Key returners: Junior shortstop Matt Rembielak (.382, seven triples); junior third baseman Will Shaw (.416, 23 RBIs); sophomore catcher/OF Chris Kane (.381, 29 RBIs); sophomore pitcher Brandon Gray (11 games, 3.53 ERA) Key newcomers: Catcher Matt Urban; Peter Fields and Andrew Dolge The coach says: ”Entering the split (1A/2A) conference for the first

9 – Baseball vs. S. Stokes, 4 9 – Softball vs. S. Stokes, 4 9 – Soccer vs. G’boro Day, 6:30 9 – Tennis vs. E. Surry, 4 9 – Lax at Parkland, 7 10 – Soccer vs. Elkin, 6 11 – Tennis at Mt. Airy, 4 11 – Lax at SW Guilford, 6 12 – Baseball at N. Stokes, 7 12 – Softball at N. Stokes, 4 12 – Soccer at N. Moore, 6:30 12 – Track at Mt. Tabor, 6 13 – Baseball at Carver, 2:30 15 – Softball vs. G’boro Day, 4:30 16 – Baseball vs. N. Surry, 4 16 – Softball vs. N. Surry, 4 16 – Soccer vs. Surry C., 6:30 16 – Tennis vs. W. Stokes, 4 16 – Lax at Reagan, 7 18 – Baseball vs. Redlands (Pa.), 4 18 – Tennis at S. Stokes, 4 18 – Track host NWC tri-meet, 4 19 – Baseball vs. Surry C., 4 19 – Softball at Surry C., 4 19 – Soccer at E. Surry, 6:30 19 – Lax at Reynolds, 7 22 – Tennis at E. Surry, 4:30 22 – Lax vs. Reagan, 7 23 – Baseball at E. Surry, 7 23 – Softball at E. Surry, 4 23 – Soccer vs. W. Stokes, 6:30 23 – Tennis vs. N. Surry, 4 24 – Lax vs. Mt. Tabor, 4 25 – Track at N. Surry, 4 26 – Baseball vs. Mt. Airy, 4 26 – Softball vs. Mt. Airy, 4 26 – Soccer vs. Mt. Airy, 6:30 26 – Lax at W. Forsyth, 7 27 – Track at N. Stokes Inv., 10 a.m. 29 – Tennis vs. Surry C., 4:30 30 – Baseball at W. Stokes, 7 30 – Softball at W. Stokes, 4 30 – Soccer at N. Surry, 6:30 30 – Track at Davie Co. Inv., 4:30

30 – Lax vs. Hickory, 6 31 – Baseball at S. Davidson, 6:30

April 1 – Tennis vs. W-S Prep, 4:30 3 – Track at Mooresville Inv., 10 a.m. 5 – Baseball at Randleman, 7 12 – Soccer at S. Stokes, 6:30 13 – Baseball at N. Surry, 7 13 – Softball at N. Surry, 4:30 13 – Soccer at Surry C., 6:30 13 – Tennis vs. Mt. Airy, 4:30 13 – Lax vs. Reynolds, 7 15 – Baseball vs. Westchester, 4:30 15 – Tennis at W. Stokes, 4:30 15 – Track at Surry C., 4 15 – Lax vs. Ragsdale, 7 16 – Baseball at Surry C., 7 16 – Softball vs. Surry C., 4:30 16 – Soccer vs. E. Surry, 6:30 17 – Track host Villain Relays, 10 a.m. 20 – Baseball vs. E. Surry, 4:30 20 – Softball vs. E. Surry, 4:30 20 – Soccer at W. Stokes, 6:30 20 – Tennis vs. S. Stokes, 4:30 20 – Lax vs. W. Forsyth, 7 21 – Lax at Mt. Tabor, 7 22 – Tennis at N. Surry, 4:30 22 – Track host NWC tri-meet, 4 23 – Baseball at Mt. Airy, 7 23 – Softball at Mt. Airy, 4:30 23 – Soccer at Mt. Airy, 6:30 23 – Lax vs. Parkland, 7 27 – Baseball vs. W. Stokes, 4:30 27 – Softball vs. W. Stokes, 4:30 27 – Soccer vs. N. Surry, 6:30 27 – Tennis at NWC tourney, TBA 27 – Track at NWC Champs., 4 28 – Track at NWC Champs,. 4 30 – Baseball at S. Stokes, 7 30 – Softball at S. Stokes, 4:30

May 4 – Baseball at NWC tourney, TBA 4 – Soccer vs. S. Stokes, 6:30 10 – Softball at NWC tourney, TBA

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Coach: Robert Youtz (fourth season) Last year in review: Girls – Northwest Conference, regional and 1A state runners-up; 4x4 relay set 1A state record (4:04); the best year as a whole for the team; Boys – top three at conference and regionals, sixth in state; also their best season as a whole; numerous all-conference, all-region and all-state honors; teams last year extremely dedicated and that showed in their performances. Key returners: Girls – senior Rose O’Shea (400, 800, 4x8, 4x2, 4x4), three-time state qualifier in the 400 and 4x4, top five all three years in the 400, a captain and great leader; junior Dominique Preudhomme (200, 400, 4x2, 4x4), a great sprinter and twotime state qualifier in the 400 and 4x4, the 400 state runner-up last year; senior Meredith Bennett (1600, 3200), three-time state qualifier in the 3200, team’s best female distance runner, finished in the top six the past three years in the 3200; senior Ally Craven (800, 4x8, 4x4), one of the top returning 800 runners in region and conference; Boys – senior Austin Tritt (4x4, 4x8, 800, 1600), two-time state quali-

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Bishop is on track for a great 2010 with (front, from left) Rose O’Shea, Meredith Bennett, Dominique Preudhomme, Connor Brannan and Jessica Roner and (back, from left) Zachary Lavasque, Jared Pluciniczak, Austin Tritt and Marty DeFrancesco Jr. fier in the 800 (third last year), one of the top 800 runners returning in the state in 1A, team captain; junior Marty DeFrancesco Jr. (100, 200, 4x4, 4x2), one of the best sprinters in the conference, qualified to state in 200 (finished fourth); junior Jared Pluciniczak (200, 4x2, 4x1), one of the top sprinters in the conference, key contributor to the relays. Key newcomers: Girls – sophomore Michaela Dimoff, key part of distance team, especially the 1600 and 3200 after running cross country in the fall; freshman Brianna Eichhorn, key in the 800 and 1600, ran great times in middle school; freshman Alex Errington,

help in the 800 and 4x8, ran XC in the fall; Boys – freshman Alex Preudhomme, help in the sprints, should have a great season based on middle school times; junior Brian Roche, will help team be stronger in shot and discus. The coach says: For the girls, “I will be looking for a good season, as we have everyone back that qualified to state except two. The girls should be in contention for the conference and regional titles and hopefully be contenders for the state championship if the cards fall right. We have a lot of talent from last year, but we have also gained a lot more talent in areas we were lacking.

The girls will have high expectations. We have a very experienced team, so they know what they need to do. The girls will be looking to carry over the success of the indoor season, and with this being the largest team we have had, we should be deep in a lot of events.” For the boys, “I’m looking for a good season. We have a lot of the team coming back and have added some new members that should make us stronger in the events we were weak in last year. I’m looking for the boys to finish higher than they did last year and qualify more to the state meet. The boys had a great indoor season and this is the largest boys team we have ever had.”

BISHOP MCGUINNESS SOFTBALL Last year in review: 0-16, highlight was a 17-16 loss to Elkin; all-conference honorable mention for Sarah Hoffman and Alexis Boyle.

Key returners: Senior goalie Thomas Lawler, team captain, .640 save percentage; junior midfielder Shane Delaney, seven goals, three assists; junior attack Stephen Marrujo, 15 goals, 10 assists; junior attack Kevin Ferretti, six goals; junior long-pole midfielder Tripp Foster; junior defender Scott

Key newcomers: Freshman attack Cameron Bradford, freshman midfielder Trey Hocutt, freshman defender Thomas Lamuraglia, freshman midfielder Tom Valle. The coach says: “It will be a challenge to repeat last season’s success since we’ve lost six starters and have two key players injured for the start of the season. Plus, we’re now playing in a new 4A conference as a 1A school. Hopefully our returning players and newcomers will play up to their potential, making us very competitive and able to keep building on the success we enjoyed last season.”

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Coach: Chris Kurtz (second year)

Last year in review: 11-3 regular season, best record ever, first conference championship (Piedmont Triad 3A), highest state ranking (third) and firstever playoff victory before losing in Final Four; Dom Anile was all-conference, all-region west, all-state; Thomas Lawler, Stephen Marrujo and Shane Delaney were all-conference; Lawler and Tripp Foster were all-region.

McVicker; sophomore midfielder Dom Anile, 43 goals, 14 assists, 70 percent face-off winning percentage.

and Kylie Boyle Key returners: Senior first baseman Theresa Brown, sophomore pitcher The coach says: “We hope to be Alexis Boyle, junior catcher Anna more competitive this season and Santarelli to continue to grow and build the team for the future.” Key newcomers: Natalie Hardy

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