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WR coaches look to new season
Two Walnut Ridge School coaches gave a brief overview of their forthcoming seasons to the Kiwanis Club. Larry Treadway, is starting his 11th season as head coach of the Bobcat football team, while Janna Berry, is starting her sixth year as Lady Bobcat volleyball coach for grades seven through 12 and her eighth year as peewee volleyball coach.
Coach Berry said that last year was a great year and probably the best in the history of the WRHS senior high volleyball program. The Lady Bobcats advanced to the semifinals of the state 3A tournament. They finished the 2014 season with a conference record of 10-2 and an overall record of 19-8.
Berry said the main qualities she asks of her players is to have "big hearts and be committed and passionate."
Most of her starting senior high players from last year are returning this year. However, her junior high team is a young group, comprised mostly of eighth- graders.
The volleyball season was scheduled to begin yesterday (Tuesday) with a junior high game at Batesville Southside, followed by a senior high opening game at Greene County Tech on Thursday at 5 p.m. Both teams are scheduled to play at Newport on Monday, with the seventh grade or junior high game slated to start at 4:30 p.m.
The first conference volleyball contests are at Piggott on Aug. 25, while the first home games for the Lady Cats will be against conference opponent Harrisburg on Aug. 27.
Larry Treadway, head football coach and athletic director for the Bobcats, noted that 30 players are out for the senior high team. "They look good," he said.
Two of the bigger players are 6'3" or 6'4" and weigh approximately 270 pounds, said Treadway. The Bobcats have some depth on the team with three players in the quarterback position.
Coach Treadway noted that the Bobcats were district champions two years ago and district co-champs last year.
The Bobcats will move up to the 3A conference in 2016.
A Back to School Pep Rally is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. in Sharum Gymnasium. The Bobcats will host the Manila Lions in a preseason scrimmage on Tuesday with the junior high game starting at 5:30, followed by the senior high game at 7 p.m.
The first scheduled game of the season is at Corning on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. The junior high Bobcats open their season on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., when they host Rector.
"We look for a good season," Treadway said. Joe Fisher is coaching the offense, while Jason Ward is coaching defense.
"We may not be the fastest or the strongest, but if we have 11 players playing together, we can win," he concluded.