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Jason Daniel Embry
2019 Spring Athletic Information

Parents and Athletes:

Please find information below for the Spring Athletic Season at Harding Academy.  Questions on any aspects of the programs should be directed to the Head Coach of each sport.

Track and Field

Start date: We will begin practices the week of February 11 for anyone not involved with the all school musical.  There will be no practice on Thursday, February 14 or Friday, Feb. 15. Those in the play will join the team for practices beginning on Tuesday,  Feb 19.

Practice time: 3:00-4:30 M-F. Pickup will be in the depot at Harding at 4:45pm, though parents may pick up athletes at the track on Hwy 70 before the bus leaves.

Uniform: Athletic gear and running shoes/spikes. Please be sure to dress appropriately the first several weeks of practice. Sweatpants/running pants, long sleeve tops/sweatshirts, and beanie will most likely be necessary.

Parent Meeting: Tuesday, February 19 (5:00pm) – Roberts Gymnasium

If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach Robbie Cochrum (cochrumr@gmail.com).

Girls Lacrosse

Practices for Girls Lacrosse will begin February 11 for all girls in grades 5-8 not involved with the all school musical. There will be no practice on Thursday, February 14 or Friday, February 15.

Tryouts will be held February 19 (at Kever) and February 20  (at Highway 70). The Varsity/JV team rosters will be posted on CompassNet at some point after the completion of tryouts. Practices will run from 2:45 - 4:45 p.m. daily—and girls will be expected to be at practice promptly after school lets out. Pick up is at the depot at 4:45 p.m.

Girls will be required to have face masks, sticks, cleats, and a fitted mouthguard in order to participate. Please make sure that they dress appropriately for the inconsistent weather this time of year—gloves (with sticky/grip on the fingers), hats and scarves are essential, as well as light rain gear. The girls will also need to bring running shoes to every practice.

Parent Meeting: Thursday, February 21 @ 5:00 PM in the gym.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Coach Leslie Embry (leslie@blowoutco.com)

Boys Lacrosse

Boys lacrosse will begin practices the week of February 11 for all boys in grades 5-8 not involved with the all school musical.  There will be no practice on Thursday, February 14 or Friday, February 15. Formal practice will start Tuesday, Feb. 19 and tryouts for varsity will take place Feb. 19 and 20. Players need to be dressed and ready to go at 2:50 PM and practice will end at 4:30 PM. Boys can be picked up in the depot at 4:45 PM, or 4:30 at Highway 70, whenever we are practicing there. Players should bring sweatpants/sweatshirts, or other acceptable cold weather gear, until it warms up. Players should also have both cleats and running shoes daily in case of bad weather and indoor practice.  

Parent meeting: Thursday, Feb. 21 in the theater (5:00pm).

Equipment Requirements: helmet (Harding provides), shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, cup, mouthpiece (would be smart to keep extras in gym bag), cleats, lacrosse stick- *if your son plans on buying a new stick, please get a mesh pocket

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Head Coach Nicco Springer (nssdaprince@yahoo.com).

Baseball

Practice Info:  Baseball will practice at the HWY 70 baseball field from 3pm-4:45pm daily.  You may pick up your son at HWY 70 at 4:45pm or he will need to be picked up by 5:00pm in the Depot.  Practice will begin the week of February 11 for anyone not involved with the all school musical.  There will be no practice on Thursday, February 14 or Friday, February 15. Those in the play will join the team for practices beginning on Tuesday, February 19.

Equipment:  All players need a glove, white baseball pants (for practice), navy blue baseball socks, baseball spikes (black, white, gray or navy), navy blue sleeves for cold weather games and practices.  All baseball bats must be BBCOR, players may not use BESR bats anymore.  Please contact the Coach Sandwith if you have questions about equipment.

Parent Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the gym (5:00 PM)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Coach Denney Sandwith. (denneysandwith7@gmail.com).


Varsity Girls Basketball Advances To TIAA Quarterfinals with Win Over MJCA

Led by Captain Anna Lindsley, the 8th Grade members of the Harding Academy Varsity Girls basketball team went out in style in their last career home game, leading the Generals to a 43-4 victory over Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and a trip to the TIAA tournament quarterfinals.  In their first game of the "second season", five 8th Graders got the ball rolling in a play-in game in the TIAA tournament with Mary Haley exploding for 6 points and Gabby Land converting a 2-2 trip to the free-throw line.  Midway through the first quarter, five 7th Graders came off the bench to relieve their elders and continued the home team's onslaught with Carly Frist quickly tallying 4 points and Riley Jones and Reese Turner combining for 7 points in the paint to give Harding an 18-2 lead at the end of one.  The second quarter was highlighted by a nice bucket inside from Avery Cooper and a 2-2 trip to the line by Evie Frist.  The second half featured a number of steals by Lindsley, outstanding defense by Emerson Bone and Evie Frist, two baskets from Lindsey Parker, and some excellent ball-handling to go along with a made free-throw by Madeleine Merville.  The Generals were led in scoring by Carly Frist with 11 points, followed by Turner with 7 points, Haley with 6 points, Land with 5 points, Jones and Parker with 4 points each, Cooper and Evie Frist with 2 points each, and Merville and Grace Moore each with a made free-throw.  

Varsity Boys Basketball Advances to TIAA Final Four
The Generals started tournament play on Tuesday, January 29 in the Roberts Gymnasium versus Ezell-Harding in a play-in game. The boys took control early and never looked back. They took a 24-9 lead into the half. In the second half, the team just wore down their opponent. The final score was 63-17 in favor of the Generals. They had nine players get into the scoring column. Mark Ryan Henderson led the team in scoring with 12 points. Walker Derryberry finished with 11 points. Robert Koehner hit two three pointers and finished with 8 points. Will Sanders and Grant Gilmour pumped in 7 points each. This win moved the Generals into the quarterfinals against Goodpasture Christian School on Thursday, January 31. The Cougars were the #1 seed in the west. The Generals competed from the tip to the final buzzer. The defensive effort from the team was amazing. Chase Franck blocked and altered shots the entire game in the paint. Quinn Powers caught fire and finished with 21 points. Walker Derryberry rebounded like a champ. He finished with 12 points as well. With this win, the Generals revenged a 25 point loss during the regular season. This win put the Generals into the semifinals against Nashville Christian today at 4:45 at Nashville Christian. Come and support the Generals as they look to advance to the TIAA Finals set for 3:30 tomorrow at Nashville Christian.

On to the Semis: Varsity Girls Basketball Defeats DCA To Advance to TIAA Final 4
A week after erasing a double digit lead and forcing overtime at Harding Academy, the home-standing DCA Wildcats came out in the first quarter of this TIAA Quarterfinal rematch and matched the Generals' 6 points from Riley Jones and Grace Moore for a 6-6 tie score after one quarter of play.  After getting their sole 3-pointer of the game to unintentionally bank into the basket, DCA took a 12-9 lead early in the second quarter.  Then, Carly Frist got hot from the outside, draining one 3 ball to tie the game at 12-12 and yet another later in the quarter as Harding finished the first half on a 12-2 run.  In addition to Carly Frist's 9 second quarter points, the Generals got baskets from Jones, Mary Haley and Lindsey Parker to take a 21-14 lead into the locker room.  In the third quarter, Carly Frist got multiple steals in scoring 6 points, while Jones got a tough basket to fall off an offensive rebound and Annelise Kyzer converted 1 of 2 free-throw attempts.  The Harding defense all but shut down DCA's offense in the quarter and staked the visitors to a 30-18 lead heading into the final frame.  In the fourth quarter, the visitors continued to play solid defense while patiently running their offense and time off the clock while extending their lead to the final score of 38-23.  Carly Frist led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Jones with 10 points.  The Generals also got 4 points from Haley, 3 points from Kyzer and 2 points each from Moore and Parker.  Harding Academy (11-6) next faces Davidson Academy today at 3:30 p.m. in the TIAA tournament semifinals at Nashville Christian School.  

JV Girls Basketball Win with Records Set
The Harding JV Girls came out hungry for a win and persisted through the challenge of the infinitely small basket. In the first quarter, one mother reportedly kept records and noted 25 shots taken with none going in! That got us off to a 0-4 start as the other team hit 2 of 7. The challenge for the rest of the game was to try to get steals so we could get easier shots. Eventually a few shots fell and we were tied 6-6 halfway through the 3rd quarter. Our steals got us more and more easy shots, and we pulled away for the comfortable win down the stretch. The other record set, though I'm not sure of the actual data, was the number of walking calls - we had very many, but our opponents at least doubled our number, giving us the advantage of more attempts on the basket.  In the 4th quarter with all the girls still getting some playing time, they began seeing each other better and made many good team plays. We hope to carry that team play into our final two games this week.

JV Girls Basketball Win Streak Continues
After 3 or 4 steals early, Grace hit two of her lay-ups to put us up 4-0, and we could sense that the game could be ours. This was the best our defense played all year, with every girl challenging shots in her area and scrapping for loose balls. As we continued to deny them easy shots, we kept working the ball around their 122 zone using our double point guard with Isabella, Eva Rose, and Mavis taking turns in the middle play maker spot. Lots of good passes gave many shot opportunities, and our score slowly climbed. In the end, we had a season high 20 points with 6 by Grace, 4 by Emily, and 2 each by Eva Rose, Charlotte, Kate, and Sarah Kate. Without a doubt there were more excellent passes to teammates and far fewer passes to the other team than in any game this year. A fun win!
 
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