Spring sports in full swing

Spring sports are in full swing. Baseball, boys volleyball, lacrosse, girls soccer, track, boys tennis, boys golf and water polo are amongst the sports currently in play. 

Boys Lacrosse has gone into the season defending their State Championship title.

“We just need to keep working hard in practice and stay focused,” senior midfielder Jack Russell said. “We have an experienced roster that’s used to tough teams.”

The baseball team had 13 returning players.

“We have a strong lineup that’s stacked from top to bottom,” senior Matt Blake said, who signed with Maryville University. “We’re a power hitting team, so we should score a lot of runs.”

Due to inclement weather, baseball practices have been rescheduled along with a total of 12 games.

“Instead of going outside, we’ve spend most of our time in the batting cages,” freshman catcher Parker Adams said. “In some ways, it’s not a bad thing because we will have a strong offense.”

Indoor sports have been practicing with less interruption: boys volleyball, and the 2012-state-title-winning Water Polo program.

“Most of our team is young and we’re learning a lot,” senior water polo captain Drew Bonnett said. “We’re getting a lot of practice in, so I think by the end of the season, we should be a good contender. We’re hoping to place top five in state.”

Although the varsity volleyball team is young, they have focused on bonding to play as a team.

“Our front row is a strength of the team.  We have a lot of experienced hitters that know what they’re doing,” senior Jordan Neisler said. “Because we’re a young varsity team, we have to stay positive through losses and keep encouraging each other.”

As the calendar approaches May, teams will begin District play offs.
“The only thing that I ever expect of our kids is that they go out, play hard, compete, respect each other, respect the game and play to their highest level at all times,” Athletic Director Brian Kessler said.