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Spring sports ready to bloom
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Potential Panther pitcher Paul Davis warms up on the mound during two-on-one practice Wednesday. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Liberty County High School Baseball team has started two-on-one practices, gearing up for their first scrimmage against McIntosh County on Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m.
And Coach Steve Cotrell is looking forward to the upcoming season.
“I’m very optimistic about the upcoming season, we’ve got a lot guys returning.” Cotrell said. “This is probably the most talent we’ve had from our eighth graders up to our seniors and they had a good taste of winning last year. We are looking to our seniors to take a leadership role and see what happens. Our expectation is to get in the state playoff and then anything can happen once you get there.”
Although the game against McIntosh is just a scrimmage, it helps the Panthers prepare for the opener against Wayne County on Feb. 27 and helps them get ready for regional play.
“Our sub-region is pretty tough as far as baseball; there will not be just one team ahead of everybody, South Effingham, Benedictine, Burke, all those teams can play, it’s all about who you got on the mound on any given day, and all those teams have someone they can put on the mound. Until beaten or proven different South Effingham and Benedictine are the two top teams for the past two years in the sub-region. It’s exciting to see if our young kids can step up to the challenge,” Cotrell said.

Track and field
In addition to the baseball scrimmage, track and field will also host a scrimmage against McIntosh, Long County, and South Effingham at 4 pm. On Feb. 23. Girls coach Laura Means and boy’s coach Keith McGee and assistant coach Emory Vickers were getting their runners ready.

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