21st Nov2012

Lady Pirates overwhelmed in season-opening contest

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – It is a good bet that over the course of his coaching career Topsail High School girls’ basketball Coach Jim Clanahan experienced what took place on Tuesday night in Hampstead before, the hope being that the long-time boys’ coach was on the giving end rather than the receiving end as he was last night.

It’s hard to envision exactly what Clanahan learned about his team after the thrashing they received at the hands of the Lady Screaming Eagles but he was still upbeat and optimistic after the game.

Breanna Edwards and Felicity Havens led the Lady Screaming Eagles with 18 and 14 points, respectively, and the Lady Pirates turned the ball over an astronomical 32 times as Ashley rolled to a 56-19 win over Topsail on Tuesday in the non-conference season opener for both teams at Topsail.

Not only did the Lady Pirates (0-1) have trouble with the Ashley pressure to the tune of nine first-quarter turnovers, they simply could not find the bottom of the net from a shooting standpoint as they managed just one first-period point on a free throw by senior Mindi White with 1:31 remaining in the opening stanza.

“I anticipated it wouldn’t be easy,” Clanahan said. “Being new to the area I didn’t know too much about them but people did say they were usually a good team. “We just didn’t handle their pressure even though we worked on handling full-court pressure in practice. We also shot an abysmal 3-for-18 from the free-throw line, and we definitely have to improve there.

“But I definitely saw some positive things. We rebounded the ball well (Topsail had a 37-30 edge on the boards), and some kids stepped up and showed they are ready to compete at this level. We are a very young team (three seniors) and we have to work on developing some continuity and we have to learn to play better together. We’ve only had about 10 practices so we’ll go back to work and work our way through it.”

Edwards could come in and work with the Topsail girls on their free-throw shooting as she basically put on a clinic from the charity stripe with a 9-for-10 effort that included a perfect 6-for-6 in the first period en route to nine points in the opening eight minutes.

Havens added six points in the quarter to offset the single digit put up on the scoreboard by the Lady Pirates, and the rout was on. Ashley kept up the pressure in the second quarter and the Topsail girls responded to it poorly by turning the ball over an additional six times (15 in the first half) as the Lady Screaming Eagles outscored their hosts 9-7 for a 27-8 halftime advantage.

The Lady Pirates remained cold from the field and managed just three points in the third period – all by sophomore Kayla Hyatt – against 11 by Ashley as the deficit mounted to 33 (44-11) after three periods.

Topsail turned the ball over nine times in the third quarter and eight more times in the final eight minutes of the game but they did find some scoring in final quarter with senior Carlie Smith – playing varsity basketball for the first time in her athletic career – scoring four points and junior Chandler Skipper adding another four points.

Skipper, Smith, Hyatt, and freshman Amberly Wolf each finished with four points to collectively lead the Lady Pirates in scoring, and Hyatt (13 rebounds), Smith (8), and Wolf (5) did a good job in the rebounding area.

Topsail stays home for their next two games, and three of their next four, before taking the journey to Wilmington for a rematch with the Screaming Eagles on Dec. 14.

The Lady Cardinals of Jacksonville come to Hampstead next Wednesday (Nov. 28), and the Pender Lady Patriots visit the eastern side of the county on Friday (Nov. 30). Topsail then has a home-and-home series with Trask (in Rocky Point on Dec. 4 and in Hampstead on Dec. 11) before seeing Edwards, Havens, and their teammates on Dec. 14.

Ashley 18-9-17-12=56

Topsail              1-7-  3-  8=19

Ashley: Breanna Edwards 4 9-10 18, Braelyn Little 4 0-0 8, Ingrid Jackson 0 1-2 1, Felicity Havens 7 0-0 14, Jada Bacchos 1 3-4 5, Jasmine Corbett 2 1-3 5, Morgan Davis 1 1-2 3, Taylor Davis 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 15-21 56. 3-Point Baskets: Breanna Edwards 1.

Topsail: Keri White 0 0-4 0, Chandler Skipper 2 0-0 4, Mindi White 1 1-3 3, Kayla Hyatt 1 2-6 4, Carlie Smith 2 0-0 4, Amberly Wolf 2 0-5 4. Totals: 8 3-18-19. 3-Point Baskets: None.

21st Nov2012

2012-13 Dixon Wrestling schedule

by Ken Clarke

2012-13 Dixon Wrestling schedule:

October 29th-              Hydration and skinfold testing at Dixon

October 30th-              Hydration and skinfold testing at Dixon

October 31st-              First day of practice

November 21st-           Tri-match North Brunswick/Laney at North Brunswick  6pm

November 24th-           West Carteret  Tournament

November 28th-           South Brunswick at Dixon

December 1st-             Bulldog Tournament at Dixon

December 5th-             North Brunswick at Dixcon

December 8th-             Swiss Bear Tournament at New Bern

December 11th-           Croatan at Dixon

December 14th-15th- Beast of the East Tournament at Croatan

December 19th-           South Brunswick at South Brunswick

December 20th-           Hoggard at Hoggard

December 21st-28th –no practice, no meets

December 31st-           practice resumes at 3pm

Jan 2nd-                       At Goldsboro

January 5th-                 Washington HS Tournament

January9th –                 Goldsboro here

January 12th-               County Tournament-Southwest

January 18th-               Super Dual at Pamlico (was on Sat, now Fri.)

January 26th-               Super Dual at Dixon

January 29th-               Hoggard at Dixon

February 2nd-

February 5th-               At Croatan

February 9th-               Conference Tournament at East Carteret

21st Nov2012

Press, speed leads Ashley to huge win over Topsail

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – The hopes were high coming into the season for the Topsail High School boys’ basketball team, and the truth is they still should be.

With a team that includes three veteran starters, good size, and a coach that stresses things on the defensive end of the court, along with solid execution on the offensive end, there is no reason to believe this couldn’t be a banner year for the Pirates in their last year as a 2A school in the East Centr4al 2A Conference.

So while what happened in Hampstead on Tuesday night isn’t exactly what everyone envisioned – and hopefully it wasn’t a glimpse of next year’s future in the split Mid-Eastern 3A/4A Conference – it should not be viewed as the end all of a promising campaign.

It just happened that the Pirates ran into a very good, very hungry 4A team, and the results were not pretty.

Tyre Gathright scored inside and outside for a game-high 21 points, and 6-foot-8 center T. J. Williams, who is headed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on a basketball scholarship next year, added 18 points as Ashley ran away with a 77-44 win over Topsail on Tuesday in the non-conference basketball opener for both schools.

The Screaming Eagles (1-0) came out with a mixture of a full-court press and a half-court trap and it disrupted the Pirates’ offense to the tune of 15 first-half turnovers – eight of them in the second quarter when Ashley pulled away with a 22-8 advantage.

“We got hit by a buzzsaw,” Topsail Coach Jeff Gainey said. “Their trap and press got us and I don’t think we handled it well, not only their defensive pressure but their intensity. They played hard.

“We turned the ball over something like 30 times (27) and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you if you go 30 times down the court without a shot you’re not going to win too many games.”

Topsail (0-1) fell behind 18-9 after the first quarter but that was deceivingly closer than it probably should have been. Ashley’s pressure caught the Pirates by surprise and they turned the ball over seven times. A solid five points by senior Tyler Hagan, who had 11 of Topsail’s 17 first-half points, kept the Pirates close as they attempted to offset the hot hand of Gathright, who finished the first eight minutes with nine points.

Ashley opened the second quarter with a 16-0 run – many of the points coming off of Topsail turnovers – and the Pirates really never recovered. Ashley junior Ridell Camridge led the second-quarter charge with eight of his game-total of 13 points in that rush. Again, for the Pirates, Hagan was the only scoring threat as he added six second-quarter points to his total.

Even though Ashley outscored the Pirates 24-16 in the third period, the game had more of a competitive feel. Seven Pirates got into the scoring column in the second period, and Topsail cut the turnovers down to six. But Williams got hot on the inside and scored nine of his 18 points to keep the Pirates at bay.

A 13-11 Ashley advantage over the final eight minutes was precipitated by massive substitutions on the part of both teams.

The two teams meet again on Dec. 14 at Ashley, and the Screaming Eagles’ Coach Bryn McSwain said he expects a totally different game.

Topsail’s good but I think we just were a tough team for them to match up with in their opener,’ McSwain said. “Jeff does a great job up here and I guarantee you it won’t be like this when we see them again. They’ll be better prepared next time.”

The Pirates will have four games between now and Dec. 14 to get it right. Topsail will play host to Jacksonville next Wednesday (Nov. 28) before welcoming Pender to Hampstead on Nov. 30. They then play a home-and-home series with Trask (Dec. 11 & 14) before heading to Wilmington for the rematch with the Screaming Eagles.

Ashley             18-22-24-13=77

Topsail              9-  8-16-11=44

Ashley: Tony Mack 2 1-2 5, Tyre Gathright 9 0-3 21, Trey Eller 1 0-0 2, P. J. Brown 1 0-0 2, Clayton McGee 1 0-0 2, Ridell Camidge 6 0-0 13, Alec Prindable 4 0-0 9, Nick Greynd 1 0-2 2, Quordale Hardy 1 0-0 3, T. J. Williams 7 2-5 16, Frank Keller 1 0-0 2. Totals: 34 3-12 77. 3-Point Baskets: Tyre Cathright 3, Ridell Camide 1, Alec Prindable 1, Quordale Hardy 1.

Topsail: Jeremiah Bland 1 4-6 6, Shannon Washington 1 0-0 2, Jarrin Sulivan 1 0-0 2, Mason Kimmel 1 1-1 3, Matt Gilgo 1 0-0 3, Devin Williams 0 2-6 2, Tyler Hagan 6 0-4 13, Trevor Savidge 1 3-4 5, Davis Ball 2 2-2 6, Parker Davis 0 0-2 0, Tanner Surratt 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 12-25 44. 3-point Baskets: Matt Gilgo 1, Tyler Hagan 1.

20th Nov2012

Dixon boys show promise, could surprise some people

by Lee Wagner

HOLLY RIDGE – They played the annual Maroon and Gold game at Dixon High School this past Friday night – a night for the fans to get excited about the upcoming basketball season, and a night to put the newest Bulldogs’ basketball team on display.

But over the past seven seasons the early excitement faded as the Bulldogs struggle, not only to get wins, but to compete as they compiled a six-season cumulative record of 29-120 – including a 0-24 record in the 2010-11campaign.

Last year Philip Durr took over the program and while the Bulldogs only won three games you could see some changes coming. The 2011-12 team was young but the talent level was evident – so much so that the promise of a successful season this year might actually come to fruition.

Durr lost four pretty good, and hard-working, athletes with the graduation of Vonte Simpkins, Dakota Moore, Daniel Brown, and Chase Page but he welcomes back eight players with varsity experience, and if the intensity level they showed on Friday is any indication, they have a chance to make some noise.

“We have height and we can shoot the ball,” Durr said. “The one hang up is we’re not as fast as I’d like us to be right now. If we work on that I think we can be conference contenders.”

Good teams start with a good point guard and a good man in the middle, and Friday night’s scrimmage indicated both might be in place. Sophomore center Trent Marshburn ran the floor well, hit the boards to the tune of 10 rebounds on Friday, and dropped in 12 points as the team split into two units for the scrimmage.

Junior Jalen Mitchell ran the point and showed some of the speed that Durr is looking for. Mitchell had several steals and heated up in the third portion of the scrimmage with two three-pointers and a quartet of deuces to finish with 23 points.

Junior forward Daniel pulled down 16 rebounds while chipping in with 10 points, and senior forward Zack Sicknick scored an additional 12 points.

That’s 57 points from four potential starters, and when you add in the defense those four – plus senior guard Horace Hill and junior guard Robbie Wyble – played you can see the reason for optimism. Senior guard Curtis Trexel, who led the Bulldogs in scoring in several games last year, is the probable fifth starter.

The size factor is definitely there with Marshburn, Page, and the 6-foot-2 Sicknick allowing Durr to put some big bodies on the floor.

Senior center Brian Hill brings some veteran experience off the bench while Durr has been impressed with the early efforts of newcomers like freshman center Matt Elmore –who had six points and a handful of rebounds on Friday – and junior guards Gekwan Bryant and D’Angelo Williams.

The Bulldogs open play Tuesday (Nov. 20) at home against 2A Richlands before traveling to Wilmington next Tuesday (Nov. 27) for a game at Coastal Christian. They finish the month of November with road games at Richlands (Nov. 29) and at Trask (Nov. 30).

20th Nov2012

2012-13 Dixon Basketball Schedule

by Ken Clarke

2012-13 Dixon Basketball Schedule

November 20                          Dixon vs. Richlands (JVG, JVB, VG, VB)                4:00pm

November 27                          Dixon @ Coastal Christian (JVG, JVB, VG, VB)     3:30pm

November 29                          Dixon @ Richlands (JVG, JVB, VG, VB)                4:00pm

November 30                          Dixon @ Trask (JVG, JVB, VG, VB)                        4:00pm

December 3                             Dixon vs. White Oak (JVG, JVB, VG, VB)              4:00pm

December 4                             Dixon vs. Swansboro (JVG, JVB, VG, VB)              4:00pm

December 7                             Dixon vs. Trask (JVG, JVB, VG, VB)                       4:00pm

December 10                           Dixon vs. Wilmington Christian Academy                 4:30pm

December 11                           Dixon @ Swansboro (JVG, JVB, VG, VB)               4:30pm

December 19                           Dixon vs. Topsail (JVG, JVB, VG, VB)                    4:00pm

December 27th, 28th and 29th Christmas Tournament at Jacksonville High School-games starts at 3:00pm (VB)

December 26th, 27th and 28th Christmas Tournament at Dixon High School (VGB).

January 3                                 Dixon vs. North Duplin                                             4:30pm

January 4                                 Dixon vs. Southwest                                                   4:30pm

January 8                                 Dixon @ Pamlico                                                        4:30pm

January 11                               Dixon @ Jones Senior                                                4:30pm

January 18                               Dixon vs. East Carteret                                               4:30pm

January 25                               `Dixon @ Lejeune                                                      4:30pm

February 1                               Dixon @ Southwest                                                   4:30pm

February 5                               Dixon vs. Pamlico                                                       4:30pm

February 8                               Dixon vs. Jones Senior                                                4:30pm

February 12                             Dixon @ East Carteret                                               4:30pm

February 15                             Dixon vs. Lejeune                                                       4:30pm

February 18-22                        CPC Tournament @ Lejeune                                      TBA

20th Nov2012

Lack of height a hindrance to Lady Bulldogs’ success

by Lee Wagner

HOLLY RIDGE – There are several ingredients necessary to be successful on the basketball court. A good coach can overcome a lot of shortcomings with patience and a solid base of fundamentals but there is one thing you cannot coach, and that is height.

The Dixon High School girls’ basketball team has some of the parts necessary for success – a good and enthusiastic coach, senior leadership in the form of Miranda Davis, decent shooting (see Davis, again), and a desire to succeed.

What they do not have – again – is the size necessary to make them a contender for the top spot, although it does not temper the enthusiasm of Coach Cristel Caligure.

“I’m impressed by the enthusiasm and how hard this group of girls is working, and we have some good speed,” Caliguire said. “But we are young and we are lacking in size. I think, despite the fact we have a very strong conference, we have a decent chance to finish among the top three.”

Friday night the Lady Bulldogs had their annual Maroon vs. Gold introductory game, and the results – to be honest – sent mixed signals.

Splitting the squad in half, and trying to make both teams competitive, curtailed some of the scoring as the Gold team defeated the Maroon team 23-21. Sophomore guard/forward Corki Aquafredda (Maroon) led all scorers with 14 points – scoring the first 12 Maroon points in the contest.

Davis led the Gold team with seven points and three other girls – Mack Brinson, Allyna Ankney, and Keeshawn James – had four each.

Davis is the designated leader of this team. A three-sport athlete (volleyball, basketball, & soccer) she is a good shooter, handles the ball well, and gets her share of rebounds (seven in the scrimmage).

Aqufredda is a very good ball-handler, possibly the best on the team, and she showed a solid penchant to drive to the basket. She was 2-for-2 from the charity stripe, which will be an important area for this group of Lady Bulldogs.

Shianne Warren showed off some solid rebounding skills, pulling down a scrimmage-leading 16 boards. Jordan Parker chipped in on the boards with seven rebounds, and both will need to keep up that pace if the Lady Bulldogs are to be successful.

Carly Rochelle did not play in the scrimmage as she is battling a minor early-season injury, but she will definitely help with the ball handling and, last year, she was voted the best defensive player on the team.

Another young player, sophomore Mady Voorhees, showed some solid defensive skills while doing some good work on the boards and scoring four points. Mackenzie Brinson is another player who hustled throughout the evening.

All of this must eventually come together into one unit. The Lady Bulldogs are definitely capable of winning more than losing, but they have to learn to believe. Since the 2009-10 campaign their cumulative record is 24-50, with a 14-12 season (2009-10) factored in. That boils down to 10-38 the past two years.

Others showing promise were Mariah Person, Alex-Ann Price, Justina Lewis, Vanessa Fuentes, and Katie Jones.

The Lady Bulldogs open play this Tuesday at home against Richlands. They then hit the road for three consecutive games – at Coastal Christian (Nov. 27), at Richlands (Nov. 29), and at Trask (Nov. 30).

19th Nov2012

Trask girls ready to up, boys seeking more competitiveness

by Lee Wagner

ROCKY POINT – When you coach at one of the smaller schools (1A) in the state, and in the area, getting candidates out for a team is always a problem and it definitely has been a chore for the coaches to find candidates at Heidi Trask High School.

But things are looking up for the girls as soon as they iron some early injury problems because Coach Lindsay Noble has an athletic group with good size and number on the practice floor and is feeling pretty good about her team’s chances for success, and for the boys who also will be fielding an athletic team with strong numbers and some size.

Noble begins her seventh season (29-40 as she enters her fourth as head coach) for the Lady Titans, and her hopes are that the team – with six returning players back in the fold – can improve on last year’s 14-12 mark, and make a strong run at one of the top three spots in the conference.

“We have good size, we are strong defensively, the girls are working hard and have a positive attitude, and we have strong senior leadership,” Noble said. “Right now we’re working on improving our ball handling and our overall shooting, especially from the outside.”

Noble feels that Lakewood and James Kenan are the teams to beat in the conference, but when asked to realistically assess where she expects the Lady Titans to finish, she said, “Top three in our conference.”

Noble specifically mentioned five players – CeCe Murphy, Beth Williams, Rachel Wilson, Chrishonda Brown, and Deneesha Watkins – as the foundation for her optimism.

“CeCe is a great playmaker with good court vision, and she is a very good rebounder,” Noble said. “Beth is a great all-around athlete, a verbal and physical leader, and a very good defender.

Chrishonda is a great defensive player, a verbal and physical leader, and a huge role (versatile) player, and Rachel hustles all the time, has a great attitude, and is a very good rebounder. Denisha will alternate between the guard and forward positions as she is a flexible player with a very positive attitude.”

Noble is also hoping for big things from newcomers Kate Friesen, Shawntia green, Saniyyah Notis-McAllister, and Whitney Rimel.

Last year the boys finished with a 9-15 record (5-9 in the tough Tri-County 1A Conference), but depth was a problem especially when injury or illness was combined with foul trouble in specific situations.

Veteran Coach Rodney Orr, 228-188 in coaching stops at Topsail and Trask, begins his second season as the top man in Titantown and while he only has three varsity letter-winners back they are good ones.

“We are very athletic and the work ethic is very good, and we are young,” Orr said. “But the one thing we are lacking is height and, in some positions, experience.”

Experience will come for some of the younger players in a pre-conference schedule that includes 4A power New Hanover and 2A teams North Brunswick and Topsail, but the lack of height could be a problem especially in a conference with teams like Wallace-Rose Hill, Pender, and Midway – three teams Orr points to as contenders for conference superiority.

Leading the way will be junior shooting guard Rasheed Brown. Brown is an athletic player with good moves to the basket and an excellent outside shot, especially from three-point range, strong rebounding skills, and good court vision.

D. J. Love will see time at both shooting guard and point guard, and Kemodrick James will get a great deal of time at the power forward position. Senior Andrew Chomiczewski (6-foot-3, 225 lbs.) will help clog the middle defensively and has shown a decent mid-range jumper.

Orr is also hoping for big things from newcomers Tynaffit Davis, matt Sherman, and Tamarack Bolden.

The regular season for both teams opens next Tuesday (Nov. 20) when they welcome New Hanover to Rocky Point. That game will be followed by an away game at North Brunswick (11/28), a home game against Dixon (11/30), and an another home contest against Topsail (12/4).

18th Nov2012

Sharks help bring flag football to Surf City

by Contributor

SURF CITY – Ready! Hut-hut! Go Sharks!!  The Surf City Sharks are the area’s newest semi-pro football team, now organizing for the Spring 2013 season.  As an important part of their community mission they are assisting the Town of Surf City Recreation Department in launching a late fall Flag Football league designed for youngsters from 6-12 years old.

Signups are now underway through www.surfcityflagfootball.playerspace.com  or through Recreation/Athletics  on  the Town of Surf City site (www.townofsurfcity.com).  The cost is only $30 for online registration.  Registrations can also be completed at Surf City Community Center during business hours where cash and checks will also be accepted.

Practices will be on Saturdays and games on Sundays, both at 1:30 pm. Games will run from November 4 through December 16, rain, sleet, snow or shine.

“We are totally thrilled to be involved with football in Surf City,” says Sharks Managing Partner Bryan Ayers.  “We are really glad to help get it off the ground and help introduce the game to a new generation.”  Sharks players will assist with developing skills, coaching and officiating.

The Surf City Athletic complex includes a full-size football field which will be the home of the Sharks in Spring 2013.  The youth program Flag Football will utilize an age-appropriate grid within it.  Players are slated to complete in 7v7 no tackle games that will last approximately one hour in length.  Additional coaches and other volunteers are also welcome.

For more information call Surf City Parks & Recreation 910-328-4887.

17th Nov2012

Soccer referee clinic to be held in Surf City

by Contributor

SURF CITY – Do you have what it takes to blow the whistle in a soccer match?  If so, here is your opportunity!

Surf City Community Center will be the host site for a North Carolina Soccer Referee Association (NCSRA) referee clinic on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 9 am to 6 pm.  The clinic will provide for introductory level USSF (United State Soccer Federation) certification and can also be used as an upgrade clinic for those who are already Recreational Level referees.  It can also be taken and utilized by former referees who have let their past certification lapse.

The minimum age to take the course is 14 although 13 year-olds may take the course and receive their certification upon turning 14.  A portion of the course is online and this part must be taken by participants before they come to class so course walk-ins will not be allowed.

To register, participants may go to NCSRA.org and follow the links or else go directly to https://ncreferees.gameofficials.net/public/class/classSearch.cfm?classTypeID=404 to sign up through ncreferees.gameofficials.net.  Course pre-payment must also be done online and cannot be taken at Surf City Community Center.

This certification allows soccer officials to referee in any USSF sanctioned league including leagues affiliated through the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association and U.S. Club Soccer.

For more information call Steve Unger at the Town of Surf City Parks & Recreation at 910-328-4887 or e-mail at athletics@townofsurfcity.com

16th Nov2012

Lady Pirates place four on All-Conference team,
Pearsall selected as Coach of the Year

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – Record aside, one of the best ways to determine how good a season was is when conference coaches get together and decide the best players in the league, and the Coach-of-the-Year.

The East Central 2A Conference, which includes the Topsail High School girls, recently got together and chose their All-Conference team, and the 14-0 champion Lady Pirates faired very well with five girls on the team.

In addition, Topsail Coach Hill Pearsall was selected as the conference’s Coach-of-the-Year. It was the second time in the Lady Pirates five years in the conference that Pearsall has been awarded that honor, and this year the choice was unanimous.

Topsail senior middle-hitter Carlie Smith was unanimously chosen as the conference’s Player-of-the-Year, and joining her on the All-Conference team were senior setter Angie Poage, junior outside hitter Sarah Woodward, and sophomore outside hitter Kayla Hyatt.

It is the third All-Conference selection for Smith, and the second for both Poage and Hyatt.

The Lady Pirates also recently held their season-ending banquet and Smith and Poage were chosen by the Topsail coaches as Co-Most Valuable Players, and Woodward was selected as the Most Improved Player.

“We talked about how successful the season had been and talked to the underclassmen about continuing the success for next year,” Pearsall said. “We’re going to have some struggles next year moving into a 3A/4A conference. We’re going to be missing a lot of size and a ton of experience, and we’ll have to find new leaders on the court. But I think this group will step up and meet the challenge.”

Pearsall loses five very good seniors – Smith, Poage, Lacey Aklerley, Kaleigh Bordeaux, and Summer Darnell.

During the four-year varsity tenure of Smith and Poage the Lady Pirates won three conference titles (the only one they lost they had to forfeit all their matches due to an ineligible player), they won 44 consecutive conference matches (three-straight unbeaten championship seasons and the final two conference games of the 2009 season), and they made the playoffs and advanced to at least the third round every year.

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