Harding Athletic Highlights 4/1-4/5

Jason Embry
Girls Varsity Lacrosse Posts Win Against Franklin Arrows 18-3
Girls Varsity Lacrosse posts win against Franklin Arrows. Riley Jones had a strong performance with numerous interceptions, ground ball recoveries and field transition play. Riley also scored a goal. On the scoring drive, Riley transitioned the ball into the Harding attack zone, passed the ball, then darted to the center of the 8 meter to receive a pass and completed the drive with a score. Mia Sjursen had a impressive game in goal with 7 saves on 10 shots. Carly Frist lead scoring with 6 goals, followed closely by Grace Moore with 5 goals. Sarah Kate Faber had a break out game with 5 shots, 2 goals and 3 assists. Rounding out the scoring: Anna Lindsley (2), Emerson Bone (1) and Mary Haley (1). Mary Haley (11 draws), Grace Moore (3 draws) and Anna Lindsley (1 draws) dominated the mid field and draw. They controlled 15 out of 21 draws. Coach Embry and I would like to extend a huge thank you to John Faber for the great Pictures! This was a awesome win for the Lady Generals.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Defeats USN 13-3
Harding Varsity Girls Lacrosse posted another win against USN. Grace Moore (3 goals) and Mary Haley once again controlled the Draw winning 12 out of 16 draws. Carly Frist chipped in 4 goals. Emerson Bone ( 2 goals), Anna Lindsley (1 goal), Ellie Johnson (1 goal), Michelle Johnson (1 goal) and Maggie Soper (1 goal) Rounded out the scoring for the Lady Generals. Riley Jones and Gabby Land played extremely well on defense. Way to go Generals!

First Track Meet at Ensworth
The Harding Generals Girls and Boys varsity track and field team competed in its first meet of the season at Ensworth on Thursday, March 28. It was  a tri-meet with Ensworth and Donelson Christian Academy (DCA) and Coach Cochrum was proud of how the Harding athletes competed at their first meet. It was truly a great first meet experience. 
We were not interested in numbers rather, we wanted the athletes to gain experience and comfort with the idea of racing/competing.Nearly every child had some sort of highlight I could speak about, but we'll stick to a few highlights:

Tough competitor of the meet:
Quinn Dehner '21. Quinn was given the unenviable task of running back to back races (400, 800). Normally I would not have an athlete run back-to-back like this, but Quinn said he wanted to try both events. After not feeling so great after the 400, Quinn decided he maybe should skip the 800. Five minutes later he began preparing to run the 800 and ran well. That's a tough double even when feeling terrific, let alone when feeling less than your best! Way to go, Quinn!! 

Best teammate:Every student was supportive of each other and nearly everyone was ready to step up and run any event we wanted them to and/or help the meet director with the meet. However, Madeleine Merville '20 was an exceptional help yesterday. She could not compete due to a knee concern. Yet, She helped keep her teammates on task, helped coach during the long jump, and helped time where/when needed. 

Best performances:
Henry Gatto '21 has been doing great things in practice, but he also ran a great time in his first track race. 

Also, Layla Perkins '20 was a late addition to the 800 and competed with the top runners in the race, running a fast time. Way to go, Generals!!

Track Competes In Second Meet of the Season
The Harding varsity track and field team competed in its second meet of the season at Brentwood Academy on Wednesday, April 3. 

Hustle Award boys:
Witt Maxwell '21-Whitt ran in 4 total events and ran well in each. By accident, I had him signed up for the 1600 also. Though we took him out of this event, he was more than willing to run this event which is a true display of unselfishness and team spirit. 
 
Hustle Award girls:
Layla Perkins '20-ran in 3 events, did the long jump, and placed high in each event. She continues to improve in each event, and I currently see no realistic ceiling for how much more she can improve. 
 
Dylan Anderson '21 also ran in 3 events, in addition to the long jump in spite of being slightly sick. She never complained and competed with a smile and determination on her face each time. 
 
Performance of the meet-boys:
Liam Hackett '20. We have not had enough time to truly work on the long jump, and due to the late dismissal at HA on Wednesdays, Liam arrived at the meet with less than 10-minutes to prepare. Liam managed to jump 16'5" and won the event! With some additional practice time (and a thorough warm-up), I think he can jump a foot farther by the end of the season. 
 
Performance of the meet-girls:
We had many, but Reese Turner '20 was excellent. Reese finished 2nd in both the 100 and 200 and still has yet to use the blocks for her starts. She still has a fair amount of room for improvement. 
 
Teammate of the meet:
Walker Derryberry '20 was not scheduled to run the 4 x 400, but when one runner had to sit-out due to sickness, Walker stepped up and got our 4x400 team out to a big lead with a great first leg. 
 
Other, random highlights:
Henry Gatto '21 and Witt Maxwell '21 both ran the 110 hurdles for the first time. 
 
Will Glover '21, Bernardo Barbalat '21, and Rowan Beaulieu '21 threw the shot put with only 1 day of practice under their belt. They all managed to finish in the middle of the standings in-spite of competing against kids older and twice their size, in some cases. 
 
Finally, I cannot tell you how often I saw our athletes running back and forth across the in-field, cheering for their teammates. This is what makes me truly proud. 
 
Next week we are at Franklin Road Academy (Thursday, April 11th). Field events start at 4:00, running events at 5:00. Go Generals!!


Varsity Girls Basketball Tryouts for Summer Team Camp
Any rising 6th, 7th and 8th Grade girls interested in trying out for the Varsity Girls Basketball Team that will attend Team Camps this summer need to email Coach Holleman (chris.b.holleman@gmail.com) and make arrangements to try out by Friday, April 19, 2019.  Those girls interested in trying out for the team attending team camps this summer should be available to practice and/or play team camp games all or most of the dates May 25-June 7 and should be signed up to attend the Harding Academy Middle School Girls Basketball Camp June 3-7 (8:30-11:30 a.m.).  Please note that these tryouts and the roster of the team attending team camps this summer will NOT determine the members of the varsity team for the 2019-20 season, as  tryouts for next year's Varsity Girls Basketball Team will be held in the fall.
 
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