Slow Pitch Over, and Playoffs End for Tennis, Track Sectionals

Staff Writers: Ramon Elortondo, Shane Zachos

Lead Story: For the second consecutive year, the Woodstock girls tennis team has made it past the first round of state, and into the Sweet Sixteen. In the first round, we had the two seed giving us a first round home match against region 2’s 3 seed. It was a quick rout to the next round with a victory by 1 and 2 singles and doubles. Alonna Wood only dropped two games, and 2017 graduate Paige Steppe didn’t even drop one. Confidence was at an all-time high after that easy win over Campbell, but the girls knew that the next round against North Gwinnett would be much tougher. It turned out to be the end of the season in what was a high hopes season for the ladies. They were expected to make a much deeper run in state than they did, but unfortunately, they got matched up with a very tough second round opponent and lost. The highlight of that match was the comeback at line one, after losing the first set and being down 5-1 in the second, Alonna persevered and came back. It was a strong mental match that required her to stay cool, not lose focus, and fight hard for every point. That’s what it took to pull off the comeback in the second set. In the end though, she lost the third in a match the lasted almost three hours! Good fight line one! They lost 1-3, where line two doubles was the only line to get a win. Another crazy match was at line one doubles, that match didn’t even finish and it was at the two hour and thirty mark when in the middle of the third set. To round up the final match of the year, they fought hard against a really good team, and they never gave up.

ICYMI: Woodstock’s very own Girls Lax team just finished off a decent season and finished with a 5-12 record. Even though the team didn’t finish with the record the girls would’ve liked, they made a big improvement from last year. The year before the lady lax team could only grab one win but it must have meant a lot to the seniors that left Woodstock made improvements to it. In Girls track Woodstock had many region champs competing at McEachren on April 29th. These champs include: Avery Stiber (300 hurdles) Brynne Summer (800 hurldes) and Burnett, Lyrberg, Stiber, Sumner (4×400 relay). Slow pitch softball made an appearance in the elite eight, but fell short. Sports at Woodstock are coming to an end in what has been a very successful year for girls. We are all proud of their accomplishments. Golf is off to stae as well.

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Allison Steele broke the school record in pole vault and is heading to state. Photo courtesy of the Woodstock twitter page.

Off the Field: The ladies Basketball team had their banquet at Woodstock City Church. The banquet for very special not only because the team now has many senior leaders leaving but how could they forget about the G.O.A.T. Julie Crowe. It was Coach Crowe’s last year being the lady wolverines coach and it was a successful one. The banquet got very emotional when the team put together a video dedicated to Mrs. Crowe. She even said a speech to wrap up all of it and it got all of the girls in their feelings. She received many gifts from the seniors she has coached and even a gift from the boys team and Coach Clark.

Quotable: When talking to line one singles player Alonna Wood, she had this to say about their exit on a great season. “I had so much fun this year, I am going to miss the seniors so much. I  became so close with him the last two years I was on the team, and them not being on the team next year is going to be really tough. They were my sisters. This year, I hoped to go further in the playoffs, but we played an amazing team.” I asked about the what the highlight of the year was, she said “Beating Etowah twice for the first time in school history was an awesome feeling. Anytime you get to beat your rival, it’s a huge accomplishment, especially when in the past we always lost to them.”

Looking Ahead: The track season is almost coming to an end. The state meet is coming around the corner at Mceachern High School. Many of our athletes look to compete there for sectionals. Woodstock has a total of eight track stars this year. Led by Brynne Sumner, she has a very bright future considering she is only a sophomore and is breaking all these records.

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Girls tennis team gathers for one last photo together after losing in the round of 16 in state! Photo courtesy of the Woodstock twitter page.

WOTM: For the month of April, Paige Steppe is our WOTM. Paige is a senior this year at the wood. Her plans are to major in Biology at Georgia Tech University. A four year player on the varisity tennis team, her role was diminished to line 2 singles when Alonna came on the team. She wanted to play one but knew it was in the teams best interest for her to play two as a senior. “I love to stay fit, and tennis helps with that a lot. Being healthy is one of the things that I love to do.” We’re going to miss Paige a lot next year, and we wish her the best of luck at Georgia Tech.\

Statistic: Not only did Stiber, Burnett, Lyrberg, and summer win region with their fantastic run at region but they also set a new region record that was last set by themselves. On Wednesday night these girls shaved off 6 whole seconds off their old record. It was a great accomplishment and a goal these girls for sure will have their eye on beating again.

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