One last hoorah

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 18, 2010

On Tuesday night, 10 of Charles Henderson’s sports teams got together to celebrate their seasons.

The Spring Sports Banquet took place at the Charles Henderson Elementary School and there, every team from golf to baseball was represented and honored.

“We have had a lot of great school spirit throughout this season and year,” CHHS principal David Helms said at the beginning of the ceremony.

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“We have had big crowds at each (spring) event, and that is something that is really good to see.”

The first team to take the podium was the track team along with head coach Tyrone Black.

There were five members of the track team who qualified for state competition: Terrika Hill, Corey Dennis, Ladarrius Sanchious, Sharlie Brooks and Winfred Grubbs.

Those weren’t the only Trojan athletes who advanced to state competition however.

The tennis, soccer and baseball teams also were competing for the right to win a championship.

“This season was a lot like last season,” head tennis coach Robert Lewis said.

“We did some things we have never done before. This year we won all the way through our sectional matches.

“And I am very proud of everything the team accomplished this year,” the coach added.

Along with the tennis team, the soccer team accomplished some feats never before done in 2010.

The Trojans finished Area play undefeated for the first time ever as it advanced to another state playoff birth.

“Every player showed the will to succeed this season,” head coach Olaf Lieb told the crowd.

“We had a great season, and played in one of the best games the school has ever seen,” the coach said, referring to the CHHS playoff victory over Gulf Shores.

Last but not least, Derek Irons took the stand to talk about the baseball season CHHS had. This year, the varsity squad finished with the second most wins in the program’s history with 34, along with finishing ranked No. 1 in the ASWA polls for the first time in the program’s history. The record for most wins is 35, which was set by the 2008 team.

“These guys put together a pretty special season,” Irons said.

“There are not very many things that you can do at (CHHS) that have never been done before, and this team did that with the No. 1 ranking. I am incredibly proud of this team,” Irons said.