GCHS sports advance to state playoffs


Alyssa Holland

Julianna Davis serves the ball.

Kayla G. Maples, Staff Reporter

    Several members of the Rebels tennis team will be traveling to Oxford to compete in the state competition. The members include senior Allen Orange and Kyle McArthur and seventh grader Lacie Lamb.

   The team has been training and preparing for state competition since the beginning of the season. Practices were held daily after school throughout the whole season.

   “We started preparing for state from day one. I think we started practicing early February, so it’s like a building program. It’s not like we started picking up now; we actually started preparing for it back in February. Kinda working toward doing what we can in the district and then moving them up to state, so now we’re trying to get ready for state and I got three people going to that.” tennis coach Murray Cowart said.

   Many of the players have achieved their goals this season. Making it to state was a goal for both Orange, McArthur and Lamb.

   “I wanted to win district but I also wanted to go to state,” McArthur said.

   Alongside the tennis team, powerlifting also advanced to the state level. Junior Sam O’Neal placed first in state in the 5A 220 weight class. Sophomore Victoria Clayton also qualified for the state competition.

   To get to state O’Neal qualified first place in both regional and south state meets. While preparing for the competition he drank a lot of water.

   “The day before I always went to the gym, got my muscles really loose and drank a lot of gatorade, water and a lot of rice krispies,” O’Neal said.

Congratulations to our tennis and powerlifting teams for going to state.

    In golf action, the girls golf team placed second in district, qualifying them for the state tournament. Sophomore Grace Morgan and Junior Kynleigh Anderson will advance to compete in the state competition Monday and Tuesday at Sunkist in Gulfport. 

    In addition our Rebel baseball and Lady Rebel softball teams will have advanced to the state playoffs.

   Both teams will be traveling to Wayne County for the first game of a three-game series. They will play Game 2 at home on Saturday. If Game 3 is needed, both Rebels and Lady Rebels will travel back to Wayne County on Monday. 

    Good luck to all teams who will be competing at state.