Harding Athletic Highlights 2/4-2/8

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 Boys Basketball Loses 34-32 in TIAA Semfinals
The varsity boys basketball team played the #1 east seed Nashville Christian in the semifinals of the TIAA tournament on Friday, February 1. The Generals came out strong and took a 10-6 lead after the first quarter. The Eagles from NCS responded in the second quarter to take a 16-14 lead going into halftime.  After three quarters, the Generals were down 30-19. In the fourth quarter, the team bounced back defensively with a no quit attitude. The score with 2.9 seconds left in the game was 34-32 in favor of the Eagles. The Generals had clawed back from 11 down and called a timeout to set up play. With the last shot falling short, the Generals lost a hard fought game to a very good team. The boys really came together over the three games in the tournament. In this last game, Walker Derryberry led the team in scoring with 18 points. Quinn Powers was the floor general who kept the Eagles on their heels. Chase Franck changed the game defensively. He disrupted shots throughout the game. The boys gave their best effort and I couldn't be more proud of them on how they finished the season. Way to go General

Varsity Girls Basketball End Run in TIAA Semifinals
After getting off to a blistering start in the first quarter, the Harding Academy Varsity Girls basketball team suffered through a horrific second quarter and in the second half could not dig out of the hole they dug as they fell to the Davidson Academy Lady Bears 32-24 in the TIAA tournament semifinals.  The Generals got off to a nearly perfect start to the season's third match-up with the higher-seeded Lady Bears, using relentless full-court pressure to build a 9-3 lead at the end of one on the strength of two baskets by Riley Jones and a combined 5 points from Carly Frist and Grace Moore.  In the second quarter, things began to slowly slip away as the Davidson Academy full-court pressure began to affect Harding, forcing the Generals to burn timeouts and commit turnovers on numerous inbounds plays.  Harding was called for two questionable offensive fouls, including a highly questionable charge that saddled Jones with her second foul early in the quarter, and a blocking foul that appeared to be an offensive charge.  Thereafter, Davidson Academy fully erased their deficit by tying the game at 9-9 and subsequently took the lead.  Still, Moore managed to get the Generals' only basket of the quarter to cut the Lady Bears' lead to 12-11.  However, Davidson Academy's sharp-shooting Jolie Cote got a corner 3-pointer to fall late in the half to give the Lady Bears a 15-11 lead heading into the break.  The third quarter was a back and forth affair, as Harding got baskets in close from Jones and Annelise Kyzer, while Mary Haley converted a steal into a basket and added a 1-2 trip to the free-throw line.  However, Davidson Academy answered every push the Generals made, most notably with another huge 3-pointer from Cote to preserve the Lady Bears' 22-18 lead heading into the final frame.  As team fouls began to mount for both teams, the game came down to a contest of free-throw shooting.  As they had throughout the game shooting 6-19, the Generals struggled at the line converting only 4 of 10 fourth quarter chances, while the Lady Bears made just enough free-throws to go with a back-breaking 3-pointer from point guard Macy Phelps to preserve the lead and claim the 32-24 win.  Davidson Academy advanced to the conference championship game - the first not involving the Generals since February of 2013 - where they lost to host Nashville Christian School, who finished undefeated in conference play and dropped only one non-conference game.  Carly Frist led Harding Academy in the semifinals with 9 points, scoring all 6 of the team's fourth quarter points in its final push to come back.  Jones had 6 points in the game, followed by Moore with 4 points, Haley with 3 points and Kyzer with 2 points.  Harding Academy finished 11-7 on the year despite constantly shuffling lineups due to injury and illness.  The Generals will say goodbye to 6 outstanding eighth graders in Mary Haley, Anna Lindsley, Lindsey Parker, Annelise Kyzer and Gabby Land, who have contributed so much to the program and will leave behind some big shoes for the returning players to fill next season.  
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