OHS Track Team
The Opelika girls’ and boys’ track teams participated in the 6A State Track Meet in Mobile last weekend. The girls finished 10th overall and the boys finished 20th.
Top performers on the girls’ side: Emma Garner finished fourth in both the 1600 and the 3200 meter events and fifth in the 800 meter run. The girls’ 4×100 finished third overall. The team included Brittney Johnson, Jakayla Hand, Breonna Lockhart and Kala Spinks. Jakayla Hand finished eighth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump.
Top performers on the boys’ side was the 4X800 meter relay team which included James Ray Thrash, Ben Bryant, Shakiel Parker and Daniel Tolbert. That team finished eighth overall and Ben Bryant finished seventh overall in the 3200-meter-run.
The Opelika football team continues to hold spring training. Coach Blackmon and his staff are working with 97 players. The Bulldogs are coming off a record year, playing in the 6A Championship game at the Super 6 at Jordan-Hare stadium last year.
Coach Blackmon talked about the team yesterday on my radio show, “On The Mark.” “I am pleased with the effort and attitude of the players. They are all working hard and understand what it takes to be a great team. The defense has a chance to be good. We are fast and flying to the football, our returning players are helping the new players learn and both are complimenting each other. As always the defense is ahead of the offense at this point. We are trying to create depth at every position. It helps to have six D-linemen because they can rotate and stay fresh. The secondary is the most experienced group of players, led by Stephen Roberts, Malcom Buggs and Aldrecus Wilson. The offensive line is big, but we need depth there, too. Sophomore Drew Kyser, 6-feet-5-inches, 270 pounds (center) is our leader after starting this past season. Drew is getting attention from college scouts and has two more years to keep improving and growing.
“Quarterback Mathew Christian (sophomore) is way ahead of this time last year and showing great leadership. We have to get the ball to our skill players which include JaKell Mitchell and Marquise Fulton. These guys will be seniors and know how our offense works.
“The special teams are the same. Quindesky Whitlow will kick off, Chazden Blackman, a freshman last season, continues to improve his place-kicking, punter Winston Smith T has two more years and gets better everyday,” said Blackmon
The Dawgs will scrimmage tomorrow on the practice field at 10 a.m. The stadium has not been cleared to hold practice or scrimmage because of safety issues.
OHS will travel to Eufaula on May 14 for a practice game at 7 p.m. You can listen to the spring game on your home for Opelika athletics, WKKR 97.7 kicker FM, and on the web at www.kickerfm.com Airtime will be 6:45 p.m.
The ninth grade will scrimmage Eufaula at 6 p.m.
OHS Alums Win State Honors
Jasmine Sydnor (2012 Opelika High School Alumna) just completed her freshman college softball season with Southern Union State Community College, which finished third in the State Junior College tournament. Jasmine was selected as the 2013 State Junior College Player of the Year, made first team All-Region, first team All Central, and has also been nominated as a first team All-American. Jasmine hit 21 home runs on the year and played first base for the Bisons. After her senior season in high school, Jasmine was named the Opelika-Auburn News Softball Player of the Year, hitting 17 home runs with a .406 batting average.
Maria Mitchell (2012 Opelika Alumna) is a member of the Wallace State softball team that just won the 2013 Junior College State Tournament this past weekend. Maria and the members of the Wallace State softball team will compete in the 2013 Community College Softball National Championship, May 15-18 in St. George, Utah. Maria hit six home runs on the year with a batting average of .344 and played DP and catcher.
Congratulations to Jasmine and Maria!
Opelika All-Sports Booster Club
The Opelika All-Sports Booster Club has sent letters to current corporate sponsors about renewing for the next school year.
The Corporate Sponsor plans cost the same. In addition, we are offering two new plans that will allow you to advertise on the new scoreboard.
Plans start at $500 and top out at $5,000.