Local spring sports postponed on Thursday due to weather conditions

Published 10:47 pm Thursday, February 28, 2019

GREATER  VALLEY AREA — The circuit of varsity spring sports were placed on pause on Thursday afternoon in the Greater Valley Area.

Due to local early morning and afternoon showers, Chambers Academy and Springwood had to reschedule its baseball and softball rivalry matchups. Valley High School also canceled all of its spring sports activities on Thursday, including the junior varsity and varsity softball matchups scheduled at home against Opelika.

Chambers Academy baseball returns to the diamond on Friday afternoon for a doubleheader against Macon East. The first pitch will be thrown at 4:30 p.m. EST. Also on Friday, Springwood softball heads down to Troy to face Pike. With both teams already having games the immediate day after Thursday’s cancellations, the re-scheduled matchups have yet to be announced as of press time on Thursday night.

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Valley’s softball teams will face Opelika at home at the postponed date of March 11. The Rams’ next home game is next Tuesday against Russell County.

One local team that did compete on Thursday was Point swimming. The men and women Skyhawks competed at the NAIA National Championship prelims in Columbus, Georgia. The women’s 200-meter freestyle relay team of Bailee Spivey, Megan Manning, Katie Johnson and Hope McNair finished with a new school record time of 1:44.21 to place 20th. 

The men’s 200-meter freestyle relay team of Jaxon Kite, Ben Miller, Collin Bennett, and Raichel DeFreitas placed 22nd in the prelim, finishing with a time of 1:34.60. The time was 35 hundredths of a second below the quartets previous season’s best.

The conference match for Point men’s and women’s tennis against Bluefield has been pushed up two hours on Friday morning to 11 a.m. EST. at the Valley Sportsplex due Thursday’s rain. 

No announcements were made on if the start time Friday’s softball and baseball afternoon doubleheaders will be affected at Point as of press time on Thursday. 

On the docket

The Springwood soccer team is scheduled to host Eastwood Christian on Friday night to keep the Wildcats’ undefeated record intact. Springwood improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating Lyman Ward 9-0 this past Tuesday. 

Kannon Key led the Wildcats in scoring with a hat trick, with Coleman Hull and Jack Brown adding two goals each in the effort. 

Eric Fuller and Jonah Kelley contributed to the scoreboard with a single goal each.

Hull has now scored nine goals in the team’s first three games. 

“ It is a good night when 5 different guys score goals for you,” Springwood head soccer coach John Lanier said. “That really shows great teamwork and is a testament to how well these guys work together. I was extremely happy for Jack to get two goals. Jack is such an important player for us and does so many things that help us win that may not show up in the stat sheet. Those two goals are a great reward for all the quality work that Jack puts in to help us win.”

The back line of Cameron Sides, Kelton Messer, William Andrews and Jake Thrailkill were credited to keeping Lyman Ward scoreless on Tuesday night.