SIRMONS’ IS SUPERIOR: Munroe four-sport athlete Kaitlyn Sirmons will know by print time if she was selected as the top female All State Athlete for the state of Florida.
It’s the top award given by the Florida High School Athletic Association and the banquet was this past Monday night in Gainesville. Why should Sirmons get the award? Here’s why:
• She garnered 14 letters in four years in four varsity sports
• She maintained a cumulative 3.94 GPA
• She totaled 102 hours of community service her senior year
• She was one of the Big Bend’s top volleyball and softball players earning All Big Bend softball for four straight years – three years of the top team
• She was an All-State Chorus Selection
• She was Anchor Club President for the State of Florida
Even if Sirmons does not win the coveted award as the top female student athlete in Florida, she is still a winner!
SUMMER BLUES? There are no summer blues if your colors are blue and white, blue and black or red and gray. The football teams at East Gadsden, West Gadsden and Munroe are working hard now in order to be bigger, faster and stronger come August 6.
West Gadsden, under new coach Joe Striplin, has hit the ground running. The Panthers have summer workouts with two sessions – one in the morning and one at night, Monday through Thursday. They are also competing in three 7-on-7 tournaments and a few select players are attending camps at FSU, Florida and Louisville.
The East Gadsden football team, like their western counterpart, is dedicating themselves to the gym this summer. New coach Trace Laing and his Jaguars will be keeping it in-house, working out each evening starting at 5:30. They have a 7-on-7 game scheduled in Cairo on July 18 with perhaps more to come.
Coach Danny Hood and his Munroe team started summer workouts last week. They are running, pulling, lifting and doing agility work. Like West Gadsden, they also plan to play a few 7-on-7 games. Sophomore lineman Casey Warming was invited to a special combine by the people at National Underclassmen.com. His performance at the National Underclassman Combine in April earned him the invitation to the Ultimate 100 Camp starting June 14 in Marietta, Georgia.
NO, NOT THE SINGER:
In going through the posted agenda for the June 10 and 11 meeting of the FHSAA Board of Directors, I was not surprised to see at the top of the agenda was the immediate addition of Dr. Tony Bennett to the Board. Dr. Bennett is the Florida Commissioner of Education and, after the near passage of some seriously questionable amendments by the Florida Congress, it is imperative that someone with political influence sit on the Board! Sitting in on some of the discussion in the legislature and reading the rest online, it was clear the politicians have no idea how the FHSAA operates.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“I long for the days when athletes were revered. I want to see the romance return to sports, to see people enjoy the game purely for the game and the players.” –Mike Piazza, former major league baseball player