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Spring sports tryouts show good numbers

Comets varsity girls’ head softball coach Melanie Saunders and her assistants welcomed 34 hopefuls for the varsity and jayvee teams to tryouts Tuesday. “Those are pretty normal numbers for us,” said Saunders. “We don’t have as many coming out as the middle school with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, so this is what we normally have coming out.

“We have some good athletes coming out, some of whom play other sports like volleyball and basketball, and a lot of them are in good shape, which is always a plus for us.”

A number of athletes have been conditioning, and they are taking advantage of the weight room in the high school during the past couple of months, Saunders added.

“You can definitely tell which ones have been working out and those who haven’t,” she said.

Tryouts last through today in order to give each athlete a chance to show the coaches what they’re capable of doing.

“It’s hard to cut a kid after just two days.  We didn’t go Monday and Tuesday was pretty cold, but today (Wednesday) is pretty warm,” explained Saunders.

“We’ll be here through Friday and get as many swings as we can, weather permitting, and fielding opportunities.

“We’ll let each one of them take two fielding positions and move them around, just give them the opportunity to show us how versatile they are.

“We’ll make two cuts, one Thursday afternoon after practice, and another Friday afternoon.

“So, we’ll have our teams ready on Saturday and ready to roll, so we can begin to work on fundamentals.  We just don’t have a lot of opportunities to do that in tryouts, because you have to give everyone some swings and field a lot of balls.

“I’m really anxious to get through this week and into next week and start the season.”

Varsity girls’ soccer head coach Sid Young said the numbers coming out for the varsity and jayvee teams were about what he expected.
“We had around 37 or so come out for the varsity and jayvee teams, and we were pretty much satisfied with those numbers,” said Young.

“Some are in pretty good condition but a lot of them aren’t, so we have some work to do in that area.”

The first couple of days have focused on conditioning and skill work, with a few scrimmages thrown in for good measure, Young explained.
“In the scrimmages, we try to introduce them a little bit to possessions,” said Young, who planned to look further at the athletes individually the remainder of the week.

Coaches planned to continue with conditioning and skill work before final varsity and jayvee rosters are completed today, according to Young.

“The big difference this year is we’ll have a bigger number of jayvees, and we’ll probably keep around 18 for the varsity,” said Young.
Comets boys’ tennis team coach David Riddle said 12 came out for tryouts, and he plans on keeping them all.

“Coach (Ned) Covington and I have been pleased with the start of practice,” Riddle noted.

“Most of the guys were at off-season conditioning, if they were not doing a winter sport, and they seem to be enthusiastic about the season.

“I usually set 12 as an ideal number for us, so we are pleased to have that many out, considering we only had eight varsity members last year.

“We have five people returning from last year’s team, three of which had considerable playing time at the top of the ladder.”

As for the returnees, Riddle said they are ahead of where they were at the end of last season, which is always a positive.

“And, the new guys seem willing to learn as well,” Riddle pointed out.  With these numbers and the attitude of the team, we should be able to have a solid year.”