Sports Briefs 4/13: Boys Tennis, Boys Golf, Track and Field

Ryan Hale swings his club back after hitting the ball. The boys golf team placed 3rd in last year’s Districts.(File Photo)

Ryan Hale swings his club back after hitting the ball. The boys golf team placed 3rd in last year’s Districts.(File Photo)

Boys’ Golf Prepares for Final Three Matches

Since their first practice on Feb. 29, the boys’ golf team has been practicing every day after school in order to become the best they can be.

The team practices every day after school either at the Links At Dardene or Cave Springs Golf Course. The team has a total of five matches this season competing against different schools around the area. The team has played two matches against Troy and FZW at the Links At Dardene.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the guys progress throughout the year,” coach Mark Wright said. “That’s the biggest thing, is that we want to get better from when we started the season in March.” (Brief by Ethan Slaughter)

Boys’ Tennis Team Competes in Columbia

On April 1 and 2, the boys’ varsity tennis team headed to Columbia, MO to compete against schools from all across Missouri.

“[They did] relatively well but there were a lot of tough opponents, because we’re playing the top schools around Missouri,” senior Zohaib Abro said.

The weather during the match was cold and windy. While the team did lose, senior Will Stephens believes overall it was a great experience.

“It was a really good experience overall for our team,” Stephens said. “We had some really intense matches and some tough losses, but at the end of the day, we were able to fight through the day even though we lost.” (Brief by Garret Griffin)

Track and Field Teams Head to Parkway Central

After six meets, track and field season is in full swing. Their next varsity meet will be the Henle Holmes Invitational at Parkway Central on April 14 and 15. Despite the team’s smaller size, Head Coach Jenelle Louis anticipates success.

Each meet has its quirks – some have events that are unique. Friday Knight Relays, hosted at FHN on April 1, has a hurdles relay and a 4 by 1600 relay. The Parkway North varsity meet has an octathlon, which includes nearly every event an athlete can compete in, from running events to throwing to jumps.

“Our distance and throws teams look very strong and promising,” Louis said. “We’ve had fewer freshmen join this year, and that’s because of lacrosse. People will join if they don’t make other teams, just a couple here and there, and we welcome them.”

While there may be a lack of freshmen, there is an abundance of juniors on the distance team. Since seniority does not guarantee varsity spots in track and field, upperclassmen must train hard in order to qualify for varsity.

“We’ve been training really hard,” senior Blake Coonrod said. “I feel like there’s benefit to having a bunch of people from the same class, because they’ve been training together for a long time, and they still have another year.” (Brief by Claire Boenitz)

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