Ad Spot

Lady Cavaliers hope to play again

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

Like every other high-school sports team in the state, it’s a waiting game for the Callaway Lady Cavaliers.

Callaway’s girls’ soccer team beat Spencer 4-1 on March 11 for its third straight win to even its region record at 2-2.

It looked like everything was falling into place for the Lady Cavaliers, but later that week they found out that the springs sports seasons were suspended because of the threat of the coronavirus.

Callaway hasn’t played a game since beating Spencer, and it hasn’t held a practice in more than two weeks.

Schools in Troup County won’t reopen until April 27 at the earliest, and that means the Lady Cavaliers can’t practice or play a game until then.

“I understand the situation, and I would definitely rather keep everybody safe rather than put us in harm’s way, but it’s so unfortunate,” said Callaway head coach Shonna Yawn. “You get teams, and players, who are wanting to be on the field, and there’s nothing we can do but sit and wait for the unknown.”

Yawn’s objective is to make sure the players are ready to go if and when the season resumes.

“I’m hoping we get back on the field in May. All of us coaches are emailing each other if that possibility is there,” Yawn said. “I keep in touch with the girls, and we were just messaging a few minutes ago, and I told them to send me pictures of what you’re doing. They send me videos of silly stuff they’re doing, but I stress to them that if this happens and we get back on the field, realize that this is going to be quick. While you’re at home, remember to keep your foot on the ball, focus on conditioning.”

While the players aren’t able to get together, Yawn’s message is “do what you can as an individual. They send me messages back that they’re missing being on the field, but I let them know I’m still here as their coach. We all miss the sport. In this time of the unknown, you still have to continue your academics, you have to continue working on your own. If and when this happens, be prepared that you’re going to go in quick.”

Yawn is hoping the season continues in part because it’s the final opportunity for the seniors to play soccer in high school.

Among that group of seniors are two players, Ashley Bowden and Alyssa Niner, who have been a key part of the varsity program since they were freshmen, and Yawn has known them longer than that.

“I have two (Bowden and Niner) this year that have been with me since they were 12 or 13,” Yawn said. “It’s heart-breaking to see that those two this is their last year, and this is all I’m able to give them.

“I have literally carried those girls from travel ball, to rec ball, and all four years of high school. So this is not how I wanted their senior year to be.”

 

News

2020-2021 LaGrange Youth Council inducted

News

LaGrange changes driveway regulations to limit liability

News

Troup County Republican Party opens new location

News

LEADING THE WAY: Community activist hosts event at Tall Pines to discuss community resources

News

LaGrange, GMA honors Trammell for supporting home rule

Community

Evans named Probation Officer of the Year

Community

DOWN TO THE WIRE: Local leaders grow more concerned about Census response numbers

News

LaGrange pays $600k in hazard pay to employees

News

Fire departments urge precaution as temps drop

News

Police look for woman accused of robbing and assaulting ex

News

Two homes chosen for annual Paint the Town DASH event

News

Baby taken in stolen vehicle returned safely to mother

News

COACH OF THE YEAR: Granger boys soccer coach honored

News

Doctors urge flu shots, following COVID guidelines as flu season approaches

News

West Point native helps design Atlanta mural

Crime

LaGrange police charge man with five car break-ins

Features

Hills and Dales commemorates 150th birthday of Fuller Callaway Sr.

News

TCSS COVID-19 update: Six students with positive cases, 222 students quarantined

News

Family of Natalie Jones plans ride to bring awareness to her disappearance

News

County employee retires after 34 years as a real property appraiser

News

TCSS approves making two upcoming Mondays virtual days for all students

News

Sally’s impact: TCSS closes, late-night power outage in Hogansville

News

County receives $20k from Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging

News

Airforce Heating and Air builds from scratch