A Review Of Spring Sports In Full Spring At Orangeburg-Prep
By Rip Ripley
Orangeburg--Spring Sports are underway at Orangeburg Prep with many familiar faces returning to the coaching staff.
Coach Al Hay returns as the head baseball coach for the Indians this season. Coach Hay will rely on a quintet of seniors very heavily this season as they are the only returning varsity players on his squad. Shortstop/pithcer Chris Brown looks to build off of his All-State season last year. Chris is joined by Andrew Dudley, Tim Schriver, JJ Union, and Hunter Anderson.
"We will depend on our seniors to provide much needed leadership for this years' team." said Coach Hay when discussing this group.
The seniors will be joined by sophomores Trent Bair, Evan Bair, Griffin Provost-Wassell and 8th graders Trace Furtick, Wesley Wells, and Nicholas Pascoe. "We will have some adversity this season and our success will depend on how we handle that adversity "
Coach Jan Stoudenmire is also having to look towards her younger grades to replace the graduation of five players last season on the softball team. With no seniors on the team, she will turn to her only two returning players: juniors Hannah Toole and Taylor Edwards. They will be joined by junior Ashlyn Spires, sophomore Megan Williams, freshman Logan Teague and 8th graders Marlee Robinson and Kennerly Ann Bair.
The OPS Soccer Teams will be led this year by Coach Matt Hiatt (girls) and Aymer Rojas (boys). The yoys soccer team will compete in the SCISA AA region while the girls will continue to compete in the Columbia I-AAA region.
The OPS track team returns a very young team for Coaches Jason Cote and Rip Ripley. While the team is very young this season, the future is very bright for OPS track. Athletic Director Todd Layton will be handling the coaching duties for the Golf team this year and Coach Boo Gray will again coach the incredibly successful OPS sporting clay team.
Across the board, Orangeburg Prep will showcase youth on many of their spring varsity sports teams. While some teams may struggle early this season, the future is very bright for OPS athletics.