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School is about to come to a close, with six days left after today. What that means as a sports writer is spring sports are also about to wrap up. It’s been a busy spring for me, but I have thoroughly enjoyed covering spring sports (although I almost got hit with several foul balls), and I have also learned a lot in the process. As of now, all that remains is postseason play.
In tennis, the entire girls team is finished for the season, with no singles player or doubles team advancing to the state tournament.
The boys team, except for the doubles team of Jacob Burdette and Noah Swencki, will have to wait and play again next year. Burdette and Swencki will move on to state competition after winning the region crown, which will begin tomorrow. The girls team will lose three to graduation (Brooke Lee, Hayley Abell, and Olivia Thompson), while the boys team will remain intact with no graduates this year.
The majority of the track team, both boys and girls, will hang up their running shoes until next season. However, there are a few individuals and relay teams that will compete tomorrow in the state meet on the University of Louisville campus.
In individual events, Natavia Young qualified for state in the triple jump and long jump, Brooks Divine will compete in the 300 meter hurdles, Brooklyn Burnside will be in the 400 meter dash, Kendal Taul will compete in the triple jump, Scott Hunt in the 400 meter dash, and Tamyra McElroy will be in the shot put. The boys 4x100 relay team of Kendal Taul, Jordan Bell, Denny Thompson, and Chris Gaither will advance as well as the boys 4x400 relay team of Scott Hunt, Denny Thompson, Brooks Divine, and Justin Dawson.
Both the softball and baseball teams competed in their 20th District tournaments earlier in the week. If they won their first district game, they will automatically advance to their respective regional tournaments.
The softball regional tournament will be held starting May 30 in LaRue County. The baseball regional tournament will start May 30 at Central Hardin. Hopefully, both teams will still be battling for wins at this level of competition.
As I said earlier, I have totally enjoyed watching each match, meet, and game this spring season. Most weeks, there has been something I have attended most nights of the week, and there would have been more if it hadn’t been for the vast amount of rain outs. Win or lose, I have loved witnessing the athletes compete and show their passion for their respective sport.
I want to say a big thank you to the coaches of the spring sports for their help and cooperation. Whether it was giving me quotes or results for the paper, or just letting me know about rain outs and when they would be playing next, I appreciate their assistance, which helped me provide the sports coverage that you see in each issue of the sports section. Hopefully, we will have a week or two more of high school sports coverage as each team competes in postseason play.
I also hope that you as readers have enjoyed reading the sports section’s coverage of the spring sports and the pictures that accompany each story. As the school year comes to a close, remember to let us know if there are other sporting events going on that you would like us to try to cover. As Josh wrote about earlier in the year, we don’t know about every event that takes place in Marion County. We need your help to find out about these events and to get there if we can.
Thanks to everyone that has helped us in any way this spring season, and good luck to the teams in postseason play.