Seasonal Success: Spring Sports Teams Reflect on Achievements


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Record Breaker: Senior JacQuaran Evans, who broke a school record this spring in the discus throw, is one of many spring season athletes who met success during pandemic-shortened seasons.

With the full cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, spring sports athletes had their seasons of opportunity and promise cut short, and many of those athletes will never see the field of play again as the book has closed on their high school athletics careers. 

Several Warriors teams showed promise, including both of the talent-studded tennis and golf teams. They displayed early success early on but were unable to dive into the depth of their season. Despite the unfortunate and unexpected ending to the seasons of several sports teams, an early end of matters does not take away from what the athletes accomplished this Spring. The track team and the girls soccer team made spectacular strides in the third quarter of the school year. 

First off, the girls soccer team stole the show, going 10 and 1 through their first 11 games. Led by Coach Jerid Morisco, the team dominated their competition and went a perfect 3 wins and no losses in region play. The girls began the season with a 10-game win streak, pitching shutouts in five of those games and scoring double digits in three games. In the MaxPreps rankings, the girls ranked a very impressive 19th in Georgia and 57th in the nation before the season ended early. Fans of the team and students enjoyed seeing the Warriors play at such a high level. “This team was amazing and was close to undefeated,” said team manager junior Foard Martin. “They showed a lot of promise and success and I really enjoyed watching them win.”

The track team also showed success of their own through their first several meets of the season. Under new coaches Bryce Doe and Jelani Regan, the track team won two of the five meets they entered in at Wheeler High School and North Clayton, and additionally placed a very close second in a meet in Alpharetta. The shift in success can partially be credited to the new meet entry mentality, as this year most runners on the team ran 2 to 3 events every meet versus the usual one event. Star performances came from junior Madison Fleming and senior Ian Santiago in the 100 meter dash, and also from senior Jacquaran Evans in the discus throw and junior Andrew Churchill in the 3200 meter run. Each of these athletes set school records this season in their respective events. The team was two days away from running its 6th meet when the cancellations ensued and the season was gone. However, some runners like Churchill are using this as motivation. “The team looked very promising and I’m disappointed we couldn’t finish the season,” Churchill said. “But this will only fuel us for next year.”

These were not the only teams to show success. The boys soccer team was able to notch some wins against tough opponents, and they finished the season with a big 4 to 2 win against tough region rival Northview. The lacrosse teams also knocked out a couple wins each before its season was cut short. 

Ultimately, the COVID-19 outbreak did take away the postseason promise and senior send-offs most of these teams were looking for, but nothing subtracts from the success Warrior teams had this spring. Go Dubs!