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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.

Grand Ridge Host Old Timers Game

Grand Ridge School played host to its' annual Old Timer's Game this past Saturday night and by all accounts it was a huge success. Former administrators, coaches, cheerleaders, players and students from Grand Ridge High School returned to the old school for a night of fun and fellowship. In addition to serving as a time for Old Indians to gather, the event also serves as a fund raiser to help the current Grand Ridge School with a variety of projects, including the restoration of class composite pictures from years gone by at the old high school.

The Old Timer's game featured two teams, "Blue" and "Gray", comprised of former Indians and Lady Indian hoopsters. Phyllis (Tyus) Daniels did double duty for the night, serving as the evening's emcee and the game's referee. The following is a listing of the two squads and the corresponding year's of the athletes graduation or last year at Grand Ridge High School. (Also see Simply Put on page B1 for more about the evening).

Blue Team
Kyle Edwards 2008
Darren Branch 1998
John Smith 1998
Favian Garrett 1994
Jerry Lewis 1967
Wiley Pittman 1987
Rodney Lewis 1973
Tyrell Owens 2007
Kelvin Johnson 1987
Gregory Lewis 1971
Chris Johnson 1990
Bruce Johnson 1968
Timmy Smith 1999
Brian Lewis 2000
Kaditha Williams 1997
Clarrisa Sims 2001

Gray Team
Ty Daniels 2005
Deseree Perry 2010
Ryan Lewis 1997
Chad Hobbs 1997
Pie Pittman 1989
Chick Garrett 1989
Domonique Rhynes 1997
Tyler Wilson 2008
Jeremy Lewis 1997
D'Leisha Ephriam 2000
Kiesha Thornton 1999
Chasina Crawford 2006
Neel Rivers 1995
Martine Mills 2000
Tim Roberts 1990
Vershalon Perry 2007
Ronnie Paramore 2001
Janae Godwin 2009
Bridgett Johnson 1999

Get It Right - Gridiron Gazette

Gridiron Gazette included in this weeks print edition

In this week's edition of The Times is the 2013 Gridiron Gazette. Some might wonder why this annual publication about the local football scene is coming out in the fourth week of the season as opposed to the preseason, which is when it normally comes out. Well I'll tell you why.

When folks glance through the Gazette it may appear that it would be easy to put together. Let me assure you that it is not. The planning process begins in late July and early August. Most area high school teams start practicing that first week of August and then within a week or two take team pictures. Some have an organized "media day" and others do not. And some let The Times know about these "media days" and some do not.

In most of the area schools, JV and middle school teams really don't get going until the week that school starts. That is also the same week that most of the high school varsity squads play their preseason games. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that getting photos, lineups and schedules for all of these teams that just started practicing and then getting that into a preseason publication is next to impossible.

Then throw in the bands and cheerleaders and you can just multiply all of these the challenges. In all there were 22 football teams, cheerleaders and bands throughout the county in which we had to get photos, rosters and schedules. It is no easy task. Some of the photos we took and other photos were sent to us. Sometimes it took several trips to the same locations in order to get a photo for the publication.

And making the challenge even greater this year are all the new faces that are in the key roles of heading up these 22 programs mentioned above. Of these 22 programs mentioned, 18 have a new coach or director. New faces are great for change and energizing programs. But 18 new faces are a killer for trying to put together the Gazette.

We finally managed to wrap it up, although it admittedly was later than any of us had hope. And I really can't take much of the credit for finally getting the Gazette done. Most of the credit has to go to Liz Jackson and Stephanie Parker. The finished product is a testament to their determination and dedication. It is also a testament to Stephanie's creative talents and will serve as a keepsake that players, coaches and family members can hang onto for years to come. So I hope that everyone enjoys the Gazette and will understand the delay in getting it out. Because rather than get it out on time and getting it wrong, we'd rather get it out late and to borrow a line from Sid Riley, Simply Put, get it right.

From the Front Porch: Uncle Bob's said behind every great man is a woman...rolling her eyes.

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