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Spring sports on the horizon as high school holds tryouts
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Dawson County High School students demonstrate their hurdling skills at track and field tryouts on Jan. 17. - photo by Bob Christian

It was a busy week on the fields of Dawson County High School starting Jan. 14 as multiple teams hosted tryouts and conducted informational meetings to herald the arrival of spring sports.

Coaches are finalizing their rosters at both the varsity and junior varsity level and are in the process of scheduling games for the 2019 season.

Soccer

Varsity girls’ Head Coach Chess Hamby said he felt pretty good about the upcoming season on Jan. 17 as he led the team through a series of shooting drills.

“We have 28 girls returning, including five seniors, and we lost no starters,” Hamby said.

Among those returning is sophomore standout Molly Muenchen, who set the school records for goals in a single season at 36 and goals in a single game at six in her debut year. She will be critical in the Lady Tigers’ attempt to make an 11th trip in a row to the state playoffs in 2019.

The varsity boys’ team faces almost the exact opposite challenge as they lost eight seniors, mostly starters, to graduation in 2018.

“We got some promising guys,” Head Coach Patrick Muenchen said. “They’re working hard on skills.”

Senior Patrick Rosales is returning to the team and looks forward to taking on a more active leadership role in both practice and game situations.

“It’s really about bringing out leadership, the first few days can be hard, but after that it gets easy,” Rosales said. “I just want to leave a positive mark on Dawson County soccer.”

A final season schedule will be published as soon as it is made available.

Baseball

After he acknowledged the disappointment of last year’s finish for the Dawson County Tigers, Head Coach Dwayne Sapp immediately identified the challenges facing the team this year.

“I have been doing this for 23 years, and last year was my first losing season,” Sapp said. “And this year? This year we have no pitching.”

Sapp said the team does have some rising talent and that it was very early in what would be a long season.

“They are solid at the JV level,” Sapp said. “It’s only the second round of tryouts. We will see what comes out of it, what there is to work with.”

Track & Field

Dawson County track and field Assistant Coach Charles Beusse surveyed the field and quickly summed up the chaotic nature of tryouts on Jan. 17.

“To be a track coach you don’t have to be specialized in any one thing,” Beusse said. “You have to know a little of everything.”

The team conducted tryouts for various running events including pole vaulting, triple jump, shot putt, high jump and hurdles, with each group under the leadership of a returning student athlete.

Returning senior pole-vaulter Cooper Freeman, who finished 2018 third in state, expressed his determination to lead the Tigers in 2019.

“I look at myself as more focused I’ll need to work hard all season,” Freeman said. “It’ll be hard to do what I did last year against strong competition. Hopefully, we will be able to go deep in the playoffs.”

Golf

Will Anglin was introduced as the new head coach for the Dawson County varsity girls’ golf team during the team’s first meeting of the year on Jan. 18. He took a moment to talk about the opportunity both for him and his student athletes.

“I am very excited about it,” Anglin said. “There are so many grant and scholarship opportunities in golf, especially for girls, if you can get your score into the low 90s or high 80s.”

Varsity boys Head Coach Michael Parker used the rest of the meeting to pass out information concerning physical exams, registration fees and practice information.

Practice sessions begin in early February and the season begins in earnest the first week of March.