Transition time is here

Published 3:30 pm Tuesday, March 3, 2009

It’s transition time again.

Annually about this time of year, I make the change from covering the winter sports of basketball and wrestling to covering a full array of spring sports.

Happily this year, basketball coverage is continuing as the Bainbridge High School Lady Cats and Bearcats have both won Region 1AAAA championships and made it to the Sweet 16 round of the state Class AAAA tournament.

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If you give all sports equal coverage, as I try to do, spring is by far the busiest season of all with baseball, soccer, tennis, golf and track all going on and deserving coverage.

Coach Scott Miller’s Bearcats baseball team has demonstrated some good pitching and power in early outings.

In their opener, a close 3-2 loss to the Westover High School Patroits from Albany at Bearcat Field, senior right-hander Jeremy Coram pitched six strong innings and junior second baseman Drew Day blasted a long two-run home run over the left-field fence.

The baseball Bearcats also had some impressive efforts in their second game, a 6-5 win over the Northview High School Cougars from Dothan, Ala., at Bearcat Field. It was highlighted by a game-deciding solo home run over the center field fence by Diante Smith in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Lady Cats and Bearcats soccer teams of coach Chip Ariail and coach Brian McCorkle have been impressive in the early going as well.

Highlight of the early season for Ariail’s Lady Cats was a three-goal hat trick performance by junior forward Whitney Thomas in a 3-1 victory over the Berrien County High School Lady Rebels at Centennial Field.

Also turning in strong early season efforts for the Lady Cats have been junior midfielder Aubrie Provence and midfielder Bailey Wells and defenders Capria Miller and Ashley Thomas.

Leading the way for McCorkle’s Bearcats have been sophomore forward Keenan Adams, who had two goals in a 4-0 victory over the Albany High School Indians, sophomore forward Hal Clement and senior midfielder Jesus Castillo,

Coach Nikki Shockley’s Lady Cats and Bearcats tennis teams have started their seasons strong.

The Lady Cats, led by performers like Katie Monson, Kylie McGlincy, Anne Reynolds, Caroline Rollins, Kelsie Lambert, Kristen Monson and McCall Mason, were 4-0 going into Tuesday’s road match against the Thomasville High School Lady Bulldogs.

The Bearcats, who were 2-2 going into Tuesday’s match with the Bulldogs, are led by performers like Cole Bulger and Bobby Forrester in singles and the teams of Morrell Bell and Mitchell Massengill, and Bill Holt and Chad White in doubles.

Coach Tom Wheeler’s Bearcats and Lady Cats golf teams opened successfully, posting wins over Thomas County Central Thursday at Bainbridge Country Club. Leading the Bearcats were Adam Anderson, Tanner Walker and Michael Fleming and leading the Lady Cats were Nicole Putnal and Sunnie Chason.