Lady Wolverines Battling Injuries, Training for Track, Serving up the Season, and Swimming

Staff Writers: Ramon Elortondo and Shane Zachos

Lead Story: This year has been an injury plagued season. Lady Wolverines top players have battled through injuries, two of which were season ending. Southern Alabama commit Devyn Lowe suffered a torn ACL that put her out before the season even started. Fellow senior Erin Braxton, starting center, also was taken out of the 2017 season with a torn ACL in her left knee. As the season went on, the injuries meant that younger players had to step up big. Luckily for Woodstock, a strong freshman class had a total of five players on varsity.

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Lady Wolverines taking on Lassiter at home. Luci Black and Carly Henderson watching on as her teammate shoots a free-throw. Photo courtesy of Madison Killian.

The last few games of the season are coming up, starting senior guard Kamryn Forrester suffered a sprained ankle and senior Taylor Reed, another starting guard, is battling the flu. To finish the year off strong, we need are veterans on the varsity squad to come back healthy.

In Case You Missed It: Your own Lady Wolverines had a battle with our arch rival Etowah Eagles. Without our starting senior point guard, Kamryn Forrester, the girls had to step up their game. It was a very close game here at the den and the girls won in overtime in a big region win.

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The varsity team watches the junior varsity team play before they take the floor. Photo Courtesy of Madison Killian.

Track has started practices outside on the track and even some have come to morning workouts to get that extra grind in. The tennis season has begun, and every Monday and Wednesday, you can find the girls up at the tennis courts grinding, and preparing for what should be a record breaking year. At line one singles, Alonna Wood, a sophomore, will be serving it up on her second year on the team. She played line one as a freshman, a thing that is usually unheard of. Line two is senior Paige Steppe, a four-year player on varsity who was hoping to play line one her senior year, but she was unable to beat Alonna, and take her spot. Nonetheless, Paige is a great team player, and will do anything in her power to help out the team. A definite deep run at state is expected this year, and some are talking about a title. That’s how dangerous the ladies team should be this year.

Wolverine of the Month: This month’s Wolverine of the Month is Alonna Wood. Alonna has been playing tennis ever since she was a little kid. She says that the sport runs in her very athletic family. Her dad has been her coach all her life. He’s done an incredible job in coaching his children. The oldest daughter, Savannah, is at Samford playing on the tennis team, and Gabrielle is at Carson Newman. Jackson Wood, the brother of Alonna is a senior here at Woodstock and is one of the best juniors in high school. The same goes for Alonna. She’s incredibly talented and says she hopes to play in college when she graduates. Her favorite thing about tennis is being able to go out there and have fun alone. Alonna claims that it’s her favorite sport because she doesn’t have to rely on others to win, and the result of her matches are completely on her.

Quotable: When talking to head basketball coach Julie Crow about what the story line of the year has been, she said “We have dealt with heartbreaking injuries. Two season-ending ACL injuries to seniors.” Coach couldn’t have said it better. The unlucky season has become a reason why the team hasn’t had the amount of success they’ve had the past few years.

Off the Court/Track: The girls tennis team will be joining the men on a team bonding event at Stars and Strikes. When talking to head coaches for both teams Wagner and Smerker, they told us that every year the try to get an event together because they say tennis is such an individual sport,  and that they want to put a team aspect in so we enjoy the year. For track, the girls  will be gathering money in a fundraiser.

By the Numbers: Your Lady Wolverines swim team won county again for the second straight year. Also, the boys team finished second.

Looking Ahead: The basketball season is coming to a close; however, the playoffs are just beginning and our Lady Wolverines have a great shot at winning region and going far…as usual. For our swimming team the state swim meet will be on the February 3we wish the best of luck to all those swimming to represent the Woodstock Wolverines.

 

 

 

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