Baseball squads are most active during week away from school
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Spring break for Cherokee County students has official begun.

While all of them will enjoy time away from the classroom, it won’t be a complete break for some of the students. A few teams will hold contests or practices during the week, but most will simply give their athletes a chance to work out on their own.

Baseball is the biggest violator of spring break. Cherokee, Creekview, Etowah, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock will all play at least one game during the week.

River Ridge will be the busiest. The Knights host Cass on Tuesday and Friday, while traveling to Cass on Thursday. All of the games will of course be subject to the weather.

Coach Scott Bradley said that one of his pitchers will be out of town for the week on a mission trip, but there were no other conflicts.

“Every body else will be here and ready to go,” said Bradley.

The Warriors will play on both Thursday and Saturday next week. Woodstock and Etowah will get a full week off since neither plays until April 13.

Creekview and Sequoyah will be taking a trip to Turner Field on Saturday, but it won’t be to watch the Braves play. The two Region 7AAAAA rivals will play at 4 p.m. as part of a day of high school baseball at the stadium.

In addition to the game at Turner Field, the Grizzlies will host Cambridge on Thursday and travel to Pope Friday for region games. The Chiefs will also be active those days. Sequoyah hosts North Springs Thursday and Sprayberry on Friday.

Creekview coach Mike Nayman said traveling during spring break wasn’t an option for his players.

“That’s pretty much part of our deal,” he said. “We are practicing Tuesday night and Wednesday. They get Monday off.”

A few soccer and lacrosse teams will hold informal practices, but there won’t be any matches.

According to River Ridge boys tennis coach Lynn Freeman, her team will not hold any organized practice. However, since most of the starters are traveling to the beach with the families, the will probably spend some time on the court.

Sequoyah girls’ tennis coach Karin Eubanks said that it has been an odd couple of weeks. Because of the way Region 7AAAAA is made up of teams from several counties and spring break for the schools was split over two week, her team won’t play any region matches for quite some time. Eubanks schedule non-region matches while Sequoyah was in school, but will give her players the week off from school competition. Still, some will compete on their own.

“They better be playing,” she said. “I know some of them will be. Both the ones who traveled and the ones who are staying in town.”

Likewise several coaches say their golfers will be taking to the links on their own.

“I know the kids who are going to Florida for spring break will be playing with their dads,” said Etowah boys’ golf coach Phil Dutko. “And the kids who live in Towne Lake and Eagle Watch will be using those facilities that are available. So they will be out there on their own.”

Creekview girls golf coach Casey Gramling said that his team will play together on Monday at Bentwater—the site of the Region 7AAAAA tournament in two weeks.

Two other players, Whitney Stevenson and Meghan Nay will travel to Jekyll Island for some practice on the state championship course.

“They are taking some time to see some courses they haven’t seen,” said Gramling.
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