Spring Sports Kickoff

Alexa R. & Autumn R.
Staff Writers

Good news, Wolverines! Spring sports season is back. Tennis, track, golf, baseball, soccer and lacrosse have all started up again. There are new coaches for some teams, and other teams have the same coaches who are back at it this season trying to get the most out of their players. Whatever the change may be, the players and coaches all have one common goal: to be the best.

On your mark, get set, go! Track season is in full force this year with Coach Rick Glasper and Coach Kirk Sharich at the helm. Coach Glasper said, “Our goal is to be the region champs for both boys and girls.” With high hopes going into the season, Coach Glasper says some of the boys to look out for are senior Kylon Drones in triple jump and hurdles, senior Alex Motsinger in discus and shot put, senior Will Stumpf in shot put and distance, and junior Owen Bailey in the distance races. Some of the girls to watch are junior Alexandra Melahan in distance, junior Ariel Hunter in sprints and relays, senior Hannah Frantz in hurdles and short distance and relay events, senior Amanda Buckles in hurdles, sophomore Kennedy Whiting in sprints, senior Rachel Steppe in distance and senior Morgan O’toole in distance. The next track meet is at River Ridge on March 13th at 4:30.

Also enjoying the outdoors, tennis is back in action with Coach Jeff Wagner leading the girls and Coach Josh Smerker taking over as the new boys tennis coach. Coach Wagner’s goals for the season are “to finish top four in the region, qualifying us for state, and to try and reach at least the top 16 round.” His players to watch include senior Savannah Wood, who he says is the number one player on the team. Wood was the county player of the year last year and is signed to play division one tennis at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. “Tennis is my passion and I also can’t wait to be a part of the Samford tennis team next year.” Another player to watch would be senior Lauren Nielly, who made first team all-county last year. Looking to some of the juniors on the team, Coach Wagner also has high expectations for Gabrielle Wood, Brooklyn Milone, and Katie Olenjick to qualify for all-county this year. In addition to the girls, the boys’ season is going on as well. Senior Ivan Vizcaya-Eternod said, “Coach Smerker is doing great things with us this season to make us ready for all the hard lineups. I am pumped for my last year playing tennis to do big things with the team.” Both boys and girls team play against Etowah on the 13th.

We cannot forget about the golf team teeing up this spring. Coach Kelly Burke, who coaches the boys golf team, says she plans to “field a competitive team of golfers at each of our matches. We have a good group of returning players, which is enhanced by a talented group of younger players. There’s a good mix of experience, talent, and enthusiasm for the game.” Coach Burke believes the players to look out for are two seniors, Will Bird and Andrew Dodd who will shoot some low scores along with Alex Burgess and Joe Burnett, sophomores at Woodstock. She is very excited about getting their season underway and is especially thrilled to be hosting the first annual Wolverine Invitational on April 12th at Town Lake Hills.

Baseball season is kicking off, and Coach Todd Harris is extremely confident about the season to come. He believes there is much potential in the athletes this year. His goals for this season are not to win many games but to substantially increase their effort and dedication as a team. Coach Harris states, “I want our players to come at every practice and game with 100%, staying focused, mentally tough, and energy-filled throughout. There are no tangible goals, even though that would be a bonus.” So far at practices the players seem to be giving it their all, so Wolverine students come out and watch! Speaking of watching, Coach Harris has a few players he said are the ones to look out for. Senior Tanner Thomson is the main pitcher for the Wolverines; Coach Harris comments, “Thomson has been working really hard during the off season.” Juniors Jack Brannon and Chandler Adams are two to keep an eye on as well. Harris comments, “They both have worked hard on the off season and seem to be really excited for the season. Adams has helped a lot with the pitching staff.” Varsity plays at home March 14th at 5:55 against Grady High School.

While bats are swinging in the air on the baseball field, lax sticks are whooshing down the field. That is the sound of girls’ lacrosse sticks moving through the air. Girls lacrosse is back in action. Coach Anita Dodd is a tough but competitive coach and is extremely excited for this season. There are many younger and talented girls taking the field this year. Sophomores Kendall Flint and Jenna Carr are scorers to watch, as well as defensive players CC McDuffe and Savannah Krapf, who are sophomores as well. Seniors Jaclyn Chiesa and Maddy Stone are very talented scorers who get help from their senior teammates Nicole Agner and Claudia Harrison, who play as mid-fielders. Coach Dodd comments, “These girls make up most of our varsity players. We are going to be very competitive this year, win as much as possible, hopefully score several points on Milton, and just be overall better as a team.” Girls lacrosse is taking the field with full force this season, so make an appearance and cheer on these Wolverine athletes! Go see them play Etowah at home on March 13th. The boys lacrosse team is also looking to a successful season under the leadership of Coach Keith Whitaker. Boys play Lassiter at home on March 14th.

Soccer players have also been busy training and playing this season! Coach Sam Hunt, new to WHS this year, is fully prepared and ready to take this season seriously. Coach Hunt has one main goal this season, and that is to “compete for a playoff spot.” This year there are numerous valuable players to look out for. Senior and captains Faraz Gorgi, David Avellanda, and Thomas Wiener are whipping the other players into shape while giving them advice. They are midfielders and keep the team on their feet. Freshmen Logan Llano, midfielder and Matt Mattson, goalie, are nervous but are expected to perform well. The last student to watch is junior Caleb Montgomery, who is one of the top defenders. He is a strong player with winning on his mind! Girls soccer is going on as well. Coach Janae Rose, also new to WHS this year, plans for the team to win their region and to compete for a state championship. She believes they have a really talented group of girls ranging from freshmen to seniors. “Some key players to keep an eye out for are Madison Jones, senior, Summer Montgomery, sophomore, and juniors Jordan Barham and Meghan Spacht,” she says. Come sit in the stands and watch the talented soccer players of Woodstock at Blessed Trinity on Tuesday, March 11th.

Woodstock is full with an outstanding number of talented athletes. This spring is going to be full of wins and memories to be made in the athletic program. Assistant principal and activities director Mr. Scott Krug has a twitter account which any Wolverine student can follow to stay updated about all sporting events. Mr. Krug’s twitter account is @whsathactivity, so follow him! From golf to soccer, the Wolverines will shine. Come out and be supportive, Woodstock students! Let us make the 2014 spring season be one of the best yet!


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