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Track coach optimistic about team

First-year high school track coach Jarren Morlan recently spoke highly about his team and the program itself. Morlan brings not only personal experience but also coaching experience to the program. An All-State cross country runner for Braxton County High, he went to West Virginia Wesleyan College on a track scholarship and was successful there. He has also coached as an assistant in middle school, high school, and college track.
Speaking of his team, which numbers 22, eight boys and 14 girls, Coach Morlan described the group as “small [in number] but determined.” He added, “They are a hardworking group focused on improvement.” Several are returnees, including state pole-vault champion Bryson Dennison, a senior this year, and three others who made it to the state meet last season. Luke Bonnett, a sophomore, finished twelfth in the shot put at the state level as a freshman. Kate Golinsky competed in the 800-meter run at States and finished thirteenth, while Shelby Helmick placed eighth inthe discus throw. Both girls are juniors.

Baseball players, coach discuss team, goals

Four Eagles’ baseball returnees recently provided their takes on the team, their personal roles, and what they’d like to see happen this season. Coach Jacob Wolfe discussed positions he expects players to fill.
Centerfielder Ben Fincham, who started in that position as a freshman, feels that one of the strongest aspects of this year’s team is “how [they] communicate with ech other.” He explained that everyone on the team feels comfortable with his teammates. Fncham feels that his biggest contribution is that he is “one of the best centerfielders in the [conference].”
Asked about areas which need improvement, Fincham was quick to say, “fundamentals in all areas, mostly fielding.” As for his personal improvement, the centerfielder replied, “There’s always room for improvement” and added “I need to be able to communicate better with the other outfielders.”

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