Spring arrives, a new season comes alive

Zach Palmer

As March arrives, along comes
a new season for the spring sports
The Hawks baseball team is going
into the season with great confidence
after capturing their second straight
state championship last year, but they
will be without three starters from
last year including Josh Shepherd,
Trevor Denton and current University
of Virginia pitcher Derek Casey,.
They will look to recapture a state
title, and to build onto their already
glamorous history.
“We’re really concerned about our
team practicing hard, playing together
as a team, getting better every day,
and then hopefully getting ourselves
in a position to play in a big game late
in the season,” Head Coach Charlie
Dragum said.
This year’s boys tennis team looks
to accomplish many of the goals they
did last year. Four starters, including
Danny Polk, a former individual state
champion, will be gone. This year the
team will be looking for many young
players to fill the big shoes left behind.
“As a team, we’re hoping to achieve
some of the same things we did last
year with progress in the conference
and regional tournament, both as a
team and individually,” Head Coach
Bill Wheaton said.
The girls tennis team looks to improve
from their struggling season
from last year. They will be without
last year’s number 2 singles player,
Laurel Mouer, and Taylor Custalow,
last year’s number 4 player. This
year’s team will be dependent on
their number 1 player Caroline Hare
and freshman Mattie Moon.
Hanover’s softball team will be
looking to build off their strong performance
last year, after the Hawks
made it to the regional tournament.
They will look to juniors Haley Gilbert
and Mackenzie Wyatt to fill the
shoes of former pitcher Kiandra Mitchum,
who is now pitching for Elon
“Our goals are to play as a team,
work hard, and get better every day,”
sophomore Erin Acors said.
Girls soccer recently hired John
Andruss, father of player Mia Andruss,
to take over as the head coach.
This year, the team will be hoping to
improve a young and inexperienced
team from last year. The Hawks will
be looking for senior Claudia Clark,
freshman Courtney Rosser and junior
Kayla Haas to lead the team this year.
The Girls lacrosse team will be
returning the majority of their team
from last year.
“I think we’ll have a pretty good
season this year with the majority of
the team returning. Also, everyone
has been preparing hard in the offseason
through workouts and indoor
league,” senior Michelle Knizner said.
Sisters, Jazmine and Taylor McCormack,
are two track stars who won’t
be returning this year for the Hawks.
The Hawks will look for young talent
to step up for them this year.
Dave Daly has taken over the head
coaching position for the boy’s lacrosse
team. He will be looked upon
to turn an experienced team into a
contender for the state title.
Last year’s loss in the regional
semifinals to the Grafton Clippers
will be huge to the boy’s soccer team’s
confidence this season. The Hawks
will be returning the majority of their
starting lineup, and should be a threat
in the post season.


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