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Both varsity soccer teams after winning the 2017 state championship game at Mercer University.

Both varsity soccer teams after winning the 2017 state championship game at Mercer University.

Both varsity soccer teams after winning the 2017 state championship game at Mercer University.

Samantha Cornett and Kamryn Torr, Sports Editor

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It’s that time of year again: spring sports. Since it’s February, soccer, lacrosse, golf, baseball, track, and tennis are all beginning to start their seasons. The seasons are long, too, as spring sports can last as late as early May.

Both varsity soccer teams are coming back this season from state wins. The Lady Chiefs Soccer team has won back-to-back state championships, so hopes are high this season.

Second year varsity soccer player, sophomore Skylar Dzenis, said, “We were all super excited about winning state last year so this year we have even higher hopes to win. I love my team so much and I am beyond excited for the season to start.”

Senior Jake Donaldson is a four year varsity soccer athlete who won the title of Gatorade Player of the Year last season. Donaldson said, ¨I think there’s a lot of potential in our group. We have a mix of experienced upperclassmen and talented young players. Obviously it’s early in the season and we’ re still working out the kinks, but I think that once everything comes together, we are going to be a tough team to beat. I expect a deep playoff run and hopefully another state championship. That would be the best way to go out.”

Lacrosse is beginning this year with a full roster for the Lady Chiefs. They have 20 players on the varsity roster with an outstanding total number of 64 girls in the program. They have a new coach, science teacher Mr. Seth Bishop, this year.

Junior Monse Morgan said, “This season will be extremely challenging, but our team’s hard work, determination, and perseverance, we can accomplish anything we set our minds too.”

The Chiefs lacrosse team is being coached by Mr. Larry Singleton. Their roster has a total of 23 boys.

Senior Keagan Galbraith said, “Our team had a long way to go but under the strong leadership of Coach Singleton and Coach Cramblet we have the ability to be very successful in the coming season.”

The golf teams are being coached this year by Mr. Joe Gaspierik and Ms. Alysa Johnson.

Senior Stefan Blain said, “This golf season will be my last season competing for McIntosh and with that [we] have high hopes of winning Regions and State Championships. Our team is very talented and has the potential to be one of the best in the state so hopefully in May we’ll be holding up that State Championship trophy.”

Second year player, sophomore Claire Walker, said, “The boys have a really good chance of winning state this year but I think the girls will have to practice a lot to have the same chance. Area will determine our chances come the end of the season.”

The varsity baseball season began on Tuesday, February 6 when the Chiefs traveled to Sandy Creek High School to scrimmage the Patriots. They tied three to three. 

Junior Andrew Pinckney, a three year varsity baseball player, said, “I hope to start out strong as a team and get a lot of good team wins, and make a run in the playoffs and hopefully win it all.”

The track team is coached by Mr. Jason Newton and Ms. Emily Enriquez. They practice every day after school, and their meets are on Saturdays.

Sophomore Hailey Brown said, “I am very excited for this track season to start. I’ve never played a school sport so I have high hopes that this season will be super fun for me and my new friends.”

The boys tennis team is coached by Mr. Allen Beall and has a roster of 18 boys this year, while the girls team is coached by Ms. Sharon Martin.

Second year player, sophomore Braden Christenson said, “The team has a very high level of chemistry because of our high amount of energy. The chemistry has helped contribute to the winning tradition we have here on the team. The high energy on this team is great.”

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