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   Second Semester Sports

Grenada School District faculty and students returned to school last week ready to begin the last half of the 2014-2015 school year.  The new year and new semester brings the promise of warmer weather and the excitement of spring sports. 

Spring sports include Baseball, Fast Pitch Softball, Powerlifting, Golf, Tennis, and Track.  Other sports that began before the winter break like Soccer and Basketball are still in full swing as well. 

Girls’ soccer has nine games left before the end of the season.  Coach Chris Miller stated, “We are a young team still, but we have matured and improved this season.  Our record so far is 6-4, and our remaining games will be tough.  Right now we are focused on preparing for our district game with Hernando.”  Boys’ soccer, led by Coach Casey Cockerell has nine games left in the season as well.  Their record stands at 1-6. 

The Grenada High School Lady Charger basketball team has a 4-5 record so far this season.  According to Coaches Ken Ross and David Montgomery, the girls have one more non-conference game left to play.  After that game, their focus will be preparing for district competition. 

The boys’ basketball team, led by Coach Tarrus Metcalf, stands at 7-4 so far this season.  They have 13 regular season games remaining.  Metcalf stated, “We are showing improvement in our team chemistry, but we still have a long way to go.”

The Grenada High School Charger baseball season officially begins February 2.  The first game, a Jamboree, is scheduled for February 21.  The team,  has 23 regular season games scheduled for the upcoming season.  Charger baseball coaches include Jake Yarborough, Drew Pitcock, Collin Ray, and Kelby Surrell.

The GHS Fast Pitch Softball season opener is slated for February 21.  Coach Leslie Lancaster stated, “We’ve had a good off-season with weights.  I think this year we will show much improvement.  We have one senior team member this year, Tara Grantham.  The rest of the team is composed of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.  Our pitchers, Olivia Burns, a freshman, and Mallory Harrison, a junior, are ready to take the mound.  Most of our team members have been starting players on the Fast Pitch team since 7th grade.  We are looking forward to competition!” 

Tennis season officially opens for the GHS Chargers on March 2 against Germantown High School.  The varsity team has ten matches scheduled while the Junior Varsity faces a three-match lineup.  According to Coach Amy Killebrew, three seniors top the roster for the GHS tennis team.  Killebrew commented, “The Charger Tennis Team is gearing up for a terrific tennis season. We are anticipating some very competitive opponents this year. Our team is working hard and will be ready for any competition. I'm looking forward to a new season and am very proud of my boys and girls for all of their effort in the off season. Go Chargers!”

The GHS golf team tees up for another year of competition beginning in March.  Coach Blake Powell heads the team which plays several matches both away and locally at Dogwoods Golf Course each season.

Archery, led by Coaches Lois Gaskin and Beth Cline, aims for its second season as a recognized sport at GHS.  The team hopes to attend at least three shooting matches this year. 

The girls’ and boys’ track teams face tryouts in mid-February.  Coaches Jeff Williams (girls), Matt McCrory (boys), and Chip Foster (boys) will lead the GHS track teams during the upcoming season. 

GHS Powerlifting adds a girls’ team to the lineup this year.  According to Coach Chip Foster, the girls’ team is in the building phase.  There are approximately 18 girls vying for a spot in each respective weight class.  The final girls’ team will be determined in a practice meet at GHS, the date for which has not been finalized.  The boys’ team has approximately 18 students battling for spots in weight classes as well.  The powerlifting team faces its first opponents on January 30, in Calhoun City.  The teams will also compete at the District Championship where team members will attempt to qualify for regional competition.   Qualifiers at regionals will attend South State competition where they will compete for spots at the State Powerlifting Championships. 
Good luck to all the spring sports teams at Grenada High School.  The Grenada School District encourages community members to attend games and matches to support these local athletes.  Most team calendars can be found on the GSD website (http://www.gsd.k12.ms.us/) or on the calendars located in the district newspaper, The Communicator.  Go Chargers!

           Photo of Stephanie RaperStephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor