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Spring Sports Outlook

By: Gavin Bradley/Co-Sports Editor

Winter sports are over and spring sports are right around the corner. With this being the last sports season of the school year, fans can expect senior athletes to show off with their best performances.

The Boy’s Volleyball team was undefeated last season and is looking to maintain the top spot in the league. The track team is looking to improve this season with a lot of younger players, and the baseball team is looking to remain a contender for the league title.

The boy’s volleyball team had an incredible season last year going 12-0 in the league. Unfortunately, the team lost six seniors, all part of the starting lineup, including their star player, Dom Rogers, who finished last season with a whopping 392 assists.

Of this year’s team, the lone senior volleyball player, Garrett Mansfield, says, “We have three goals for this year: win the league, maintain our undefeated streak, and to make a run in this years district playoffs.”

As for Mansfield’s personal goals, he says, “I definitely want to be a league all-star and a regional all-star. It’d be nice to have over 150 kills this year too.”

Mansfield finished with 142 kills last season.

This year’s track team is very young and has a primary goal of improving. The team didn’t exactly have the greatest season last year, considering they did not win a meet.

As for the team’s aspirations this year, senior track member Emma Mangel says, “We just need to improve as a whole. We aren’t expecting a breakout season, but we need to fill up the win column.”

“For myself,” says Mangel, “I want to break the school record in discus. I also want to go to districts for shot put and discus.”

The baseball team has had a lot of success over the past few years, winning a few league titles and always making a run in the playoffs. They’re looking to continue the streak this year and hope to dominate the league once again.

“For the baseball team,” according to junior Kaleb Folk, “the main goal this season is to win the district title again. A moral goal we need to achieve is playing together this year; having unity. There was not any of that last season.”

Folk’s personal goal is to break the school record of 20 steals in one season.

As for the softball team, they’re future is promising considering they have a young team. The team didn’t make a run in the playoffs, but as described by a few players, they want to change that.

Star player Danie Goff, a junior at Blue Ridge, says she is hoping to pitch over 500 strikeouts by the end of her high school career.

As the season gets into full swing, all of the athletes say they are going to need support at this year’s home games.

There is definitely an impact on the game when there are fans in the stands!


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