By R. Alan Richardson
Tennis: Coach Stacy Dearing will again head up the boys’ and girls’ tennis programs this spring. After losing four of the top girls from last season’s Region 8-AAA Runner-up squad, she said, “We have a lot of new faces and terrific talent! Last year we did well with a second place finish for the girls. We lost our first round playoff match in a close one, so this will be a building year for us. I am excited about this rising talent.” The teams played their first match of the season this past Tuesday at home vs. Clarke Central.
Baseball: According to fourth-year head Coach Merritt Ainslie, “We have an experienced team coming back. Right now we are working mostly on fundamentals in preseason trying to learn how to play fast while maintaining fundamentals at that pace. The only expectations we have are to play hard, learn from our mistakes, correct our mistakes throughout each game and the season, and never quit until the game is over.”
That highly-experienced group he mentioned includes seniors Blake Silvey, Hunter Lane, Jacob Anderson, Jaron Ferguson, and Chandler Wright. The junior class brings back Dominic Arienzo, Ethan Stamps, Trent Mizell, and Brandyn Batchelor. After going 26-13 in 2018 and making the first trip to the Final Four in many years, this team has the makings to carve another deep run into the playoffs again this season.
Middle School Basketball: The boys’ and girls’ teams both advanced to the semifinals of the PAC Tournament with wins over Putnam in the boys’ contest while the girls played Carver this past Tuesday. The boys will now play Social Circle Wednesday at Loganville Middle School.
Morgan County Middle School coaches announced for spring sports: Morgan County Middle School Athletic Director, Milfred Franklin, gave us the names for his spring sports coaches. They are: Leslie Watkins-Tennis, Jamie Sarkin-Golf, Elizabeth Vice-Girls track, Marvin Mathis-Boys track, Griffin Gardner-Girls soccer, Brian Cousins-Boys soccer, with baseball being combined with the high school teams. Congratulations to these fine coaches and good luck on your seasons.