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ONE WIN AWAY FROM HISTORY

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SNEADS LADY PIRATES SWEEP SOUTH WALTON TO ADVANCE

The record-breaking third straight STATE CHAMPIONSHIP is one match away for the Sneads Lady Pirates and legendary coach Sheila Roberts.  Sneads swept South Walton Saturday before a packed home crowd, 25-19, 25-10, and 25-18 in the Class 1A State Semifinals.  The win puts them in the state finals Friday in Orlando where they will face Lafayette at 11 a.m. CST.

Sneads had little trouble with the same team they defeated in the state finals last year to claim their second state title.  South Walton moved no closer than three points to Sneads in the first set and after a 2-2 tie to start the second set, Sneads ran away with the set to win 25-10.  

The third set provided the most nerve racking experience for the Lady Pirates and the crowd.  Sneads was done by three and Sierra McNeil went to the serve line, put together an awesome string of serves to lead her team to regaining the lead.  Ashlyn Roberts got the assist to Madison Pickens for the final, game-winning point.

Taylor Roberts led with nine kills, three ace serves, and 11 digs. Ashlyn Roberts had 19 assists.  Mallory Beauchamp led the team with 12 digs.  Shelby Glawson had six blocks while DD Green and Madison Pickens had three blocks each.  

After the game, Coach Roberts praised her team for their performance, “They were intense, focused, and disciplined.  Our focus words for the week were FOCUS, CONFIDENT, INTELLIGENT, HARD HITTING.  We were able to do all of that, plus South Walton made some errors, some serve errors and that hurt them.”  Roberts had praised for her blockers, “DD (Green) and Shelby (Glawson) were on point, they kept their outside and middle, pretty much shut them down.”  

Roberts had just a hair of concern over her offense but knows they are capable of better, “Offense wasn’t quite what it could have been but it was good enough to sweet this team and beat them and they gave 150%.”

Roberts said she tried to prepare her team starting on Friday, “I had the girls at my house for a sleepover on Friday.  They spent the night on air mattresses and we had dinner and a movie night.  They were asleep by ten, winding down by nine, and slept in Saturday morning.  They got up and we had lunch together, and it was just a wonderful experience.  I think having them over was the right thing to do, lots of laughs and they were very loose for the game.” 

Sneads will now turn their attention to making history when they travel to Orlando for the Friday game. Coach Sheila Roberts expects her team to be more than ready, “We don’t know much about this team, but I will be talking to some coaches in the team’s area.”

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Sneads Elementary Ranks Among Top in State

The Jackson County School Board, the Sneads Elementary staff, the Sneads students, and all residents of Jackson County can be proud of the accomplishments of Sneads Elementary School. Under the direction of Principal Carolyn Pilcher, the school has repeatedly excelled in state testing and school evaluations.

Out of 1780 Elementary Schools in the State of Florida, Sneads Elementary has an overall ranking on 171st. That ranks them in the top 10% of elementary schools in the state. The scoring for subjects for all Title 1 Schools was: Reading - #7 out of 1649 schools, Math, - #7 out of 1648 schools, Science - #4 out of 1649 schools.

Congratulations to all who were involved in this accomplishment.

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Lady Pirates Are State Champs

The Sneads Lady Pirates volleyball team capped off an outstanding season in the best possible way, capturing the Class 1A State Championship last Saturday in Kissimmee at the Silver Spurs Arena. They dominated the Baker Lady Gators from start to finishing, winning in three straight sets 25-15, 25-19 and 25-13. The Lady Pirates got outstanding play from their seniors and their underclassman to captured the school's first ever volleyball State Championship.

One of those seniors was Logan Neel, one of the team captains, who racked up 12 kills in the win. But it was also the play of the Sneads stellar underclassman who also made the win possible. Sophomores Ashlyn Roberts and Emily Glover each recorded 9 kills each, while junior Krissi Satterfield added 7 kills and another sophomore De'Aryll Green chipped in 4 kills. Sophomore Logan McCord led the team in assists with 35. Roberts added 24 digs while Mallory Beauchamp had 11 digs.

The Lady Pirates had advanced to the championship bout with Baker after downing Newberry in three straight sets on Friday in the FHSAA State Semi-Finals. Roberts led the team in that match with 12 kills while Neel added 8. Glover and Green each contributed 6 kills in the match. McCord had 24 assists, Beauchamp had 17 digs and Glover served up 5 aces.

Lady Pirate Head Coach Shelia Roberts, now in her 10th season at Sneads, said she was proud of the team, especially the play of her seniors (Neel, Shelbi Byler and Mallory McDaniel). "Those seniors really stepped up for us this year. They have been great leaders both on and off the court and when they took the floor on Saturday they had their game faces on. They were not going to go home without a State Championship," said Roberts.

Roberts added that the State Championship has been a long time coming. "We've been to the Regional Finals six straight years and went to the Final Four two years ago (losing to Baker in five sets in the Semi-Finals), but it never seemed complete. Now it is complete," Roberts commented. But Roberts also feels the win is not just important for this year's team. "I am so happy for this year's team but I am also happy for the school, the program, our past teams and the community. It's been a long hard road to get to this point, but we made it and now the goal is to keep it going," according to Roberts.

And while staying on top is always tough, the Lady Pirates appear to be in great shape to make another run. While they lose three very good seniors, they return a bumper crop of underclassman (7 sophomores and 1 junior) off this year's team that have now tasted the ultimate success.

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