By Chris Bridges
Another athletic school year comes to close
I guess the old saying about the time going by quicker as you get older is true.
It seems like only last week we were welcoming the start of the 2007-08 sports season at Banks County High School. Now, it’s all but over. It’s amazing how time flies, not just because you are older but because you have enjoyed every minute of every sport season.
I stopped by BCHS Monday morning and visited briefly with athletic director and head football coach Blair Armstrong. My intention was to pick up a copy of the football team’s summer schedule, which Armstrong has detailed from start to finish. Armstrong mentioned how unusual the morning had been as the final week of school kicked off.
Much was accomplish by the Leopard and Lady Leopard teams during the 2007-08 time frame. The football team continued to make marked improvements on the gridiron and is primed for a breakthrough season this upcoming fall. The BCHS boys cross country team qualified for the state meet under the quality leadership of coach Kelly McDuffie.
Coach Josh Lord and the Lady Leopard softball team also had many bright spots last fall and will be able to make their debut at their new facility this upcoming season. I know how much they are looking forward to that.
When basketball rolled around, it was a pleasure to watch veteran Leopard coach Mike Ruth continue to work with this program. Ruth has shown an unmatched level of loyalty to BCHS athletics and I am looking forward to his being back on the bench next winter.
First-year Lady Leopard coach Jerry King also made a positive impression on me as his team could be seen making big steps forward as the season progressed. With many returning lettermen, look for King’s squad to be even more of a force in 2008-09.
One of the great success stories at BCHS the past three years has been the work turned in by Mat Leopard coach Kasey Hanley. Using a successful formula (which includes a heavy dose of hard work) he learned at Jefferson High School, Hanley has guided the BCHS program to record after record. It’s mind boggling to look at how much the Leopard wrestlers have accomplished since Hanley took over.
Chris Bridges is a reporter for the Banks County News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.