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Spring Sports 2014

Spring Sports 2014

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 APRIL 2, 2014
2 - Paulding County Progress Spring Sports Wednesday, April 2, 2014
MEMBERS OF THE Antwerp 2014 varsity baseball team are, front row from left – Keegan Skiver, Jeffrey Coleman, Ian Blair, Hunter Noel,Justice Clark, Collin Perry; second row – Justin Langham, Derek Smalley, Michael Taylor, Tyler Messman, Kaden Brumett, Joe Buerkle; thirdrow – Chad Jones, Alex Vail, Jules Huault-Dupuy, Trenton Copsey, Matthew Dooley, Matt Reinhart, Jon Hudson; back row – Coach Jim Reinhart,Coach Boston Hormann, Head Coach Zac Feasby, Coach Matt Smalley. (Joe Shouse/
Paulding County Progress
Senior leadership key to successful season
By JOE SHOUSESportswriter
ANTWERP – Antwerp head baseballcoach Zac Feasby enters his second year atthe helm of the Archers with a more confidentattitude. This year the blue and white return ahost of seniors with experience that shouldpush the Archers to a respectable season.“We only lost two seniors from last yearsteam and we return solid pitching depth andexperience,” said Feasby.Finishing 3-13 last campaign, Feasby feelsthe lumps his team took last year will makehis squad a better team this time around.“With 13 returning lettermen includingseven seniors providing leadership I am con-fident we will make great strides this season.We look to be more competitive in league play,” said Feasby. At the pitching position, leading candi-dates returning will be senior Derek Smalley,Tyler Messman and Joe Buerkle. KadenBrumett returns after sitting out last year.“Kaden will be a great addition to our  pitching rotation,“ said Feasby.Last year Smalley finished with a 1.8 ERAand 26 strikeouts. Messman recorded anERA of 4.8 with 11 strikeouts with Buerklealso recording 11 strikeouts.At the plate, the Archers will again dependupon Smalley, who hit for a .400 averagewith 12 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. JusticeClark, a sophomore this year, managed a.281 batting average last year as a freshman.Trenton Copsey finished with a .256 averageand teammate Collin Perry hitting at a .250clip.“Our first four or five hitters should besolid this year, but we’re looking for the bot-tom of the lineup to step up more than lastyear,” Feasby said.Other players returning who will be an im- portant part of the Archer program are sen-iors Matt Reinhart, Justin Langham andChad Jones along with juniors Alex Vail,Trenton Copsey, Jon Hudson and sophomoreJeff Coleman.Promising newcomers who will representthe blue and white include sophomore Kee-gan Skiver and freshmen Jules Huault-Dupuy, Michael Taylor, Hunter Noel,Matthew Dooley and Ian Blair. “This team is working hard to get back tothe level the Archers played at back in thelate 1990s to mid 2000s. I’m hopeful andconfident that the upcoming season will bea great start in the right direction,” saidcoach Feasby.Archer fans need to circle Thursday, May8 on their calendar as the Archers will playWayne Trace at Parkview Field in downtownFort Wayne.
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MEMBERS OF THE Antwerp 2014 varsity softball team are, front from left – Autumn Hughes, Emilee Phillips, Kaiya Jemison, Peyton Short,Becca Johanns; second row – Makayla Brandenburg, Elizabeth Bond, Olivia Temple, Darian Bauer, Marivelle Flint, Nicole Hughes, CheyenneMiller-Sweet, manager Callie Perry; back row – Assistant Coach Eric Walk, Sidney Barnhouse, Avery Braaten, Emily Derck, Sierra Cline, NikkiMills, Beth Hawley, Head Coach Garry Rodenberger. (Joe Shouse/
Paulding County Progress
Rodenberger welcomes nine letter winners
By JOE SHOUSESportswriter
ANTWERP – Veteran head coach GarryRodenberger welcomes 18 players to the2014 edition of Antwerp girls softball pro-gram. Rodenberger is entering his 12th year of coaching with his last seven at Antwerp. The Archers lost just one player due tograduation in Avrial Sawyer, a second teamall-GMC selection a year ago. Lookingahead to the current season Rodenberger hasnine returning letter winners and will have avery young squad with just one senior. Kaiya Jemison will represent the senior class and will be one of the teams pitchers.Jemison was a solid hitter at the plate lastyear with a 0.405 batting average. Also re-turning will be junior Cheyenne Miller-Sweet, a two-year player for the Archerswho received GMC honorable mention lastyear. Miller-Sweet had a 0.269 average at the plate.Four juniors who received considerable play last year return and will be challengedto raise their level of play for the Archers.Olivia Temple (0.213 batting average), NikkiHughes (0.200 batting average), Darian Bauer (0.275 batting average), and Marivelle Flintround out the returning juniors.A trio of sophomores return including in-fielders Sidney Barnhouse and Beth Hawley,along with outfielder Emily Derck. All threehad solid performances at the plate during lastyear’s campaign with Barnhouse hitting at a0.375 clip followed by Derck’s 0.256, andHawley hitting 0.250.Coach Rodenberger has three newcomers hefeels will get playing time including sophomoreMakayla Brandenburg and two freshmen, Pey-ton Short and Becca Johanns.“We have a hard working group of athleteswith a desire to improve from last year and wewill continue to work on those things that willhelp us throughout the season,” said Roden- berger.Last season the Lady Archers finished sev-enth in the eight team GMC, just ahead of Hol-gate. The blue and white were 1-6 and 4-14overall, losing in the sectional finals to Edger-ton. “If we plan to compete our pitching must be-come more consistent and it’s a must that weimprove our fielding skills. Last year we simplydidn’t field the ball effectively,” said Roden- berger.Other members of the blue and white softballsquad include: freshmen – Emilee Phillips andAutumn Hughes. Sophomores – Avery Braaten,Sierra Cline, and Nikki Mills, and junior Eliza- beth Bond.“Going into a new season our expectationsare always high but based upon the setbacks of last year we will see just how far expectationand actual performance are apart when ap- proaching the season,” concluded Rodenberger.

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