During every school year, there are a ton of great stories from the sports teams. Because it’s hard to narrow each school’s best moments and storylines down to just five, there’s also a list of honorable mentions. For Dadeville, those include the following.
A new track completed at Dadeville HS
Athletes in the Dadeville High School cross-country and outdoor track and field programs now have a new facility to call home. Paving on the high school track across the street from the football field was completed in September.
“The surface of the track, it looks great,” DHS principal and track and field coach Chris Hand said. “It’s fantastic just to have a place of your own.”
The track has eight marked lanes, is paved with asphalt and will give the track and cross-country teams a place to practice.
“Cross-country practices there one day a week to work on their speed,” Hand said. “They’re really excited about it, because they can get more accurate times on their speed. The track kids have been telling me how excited they are about it too.”
Along with giving the Dadeville track and field team a nicer practice facility, Hand added the school will also be able to host track meets there once all the work is completed.
After completion of the track, there were also a few other small projects to be finished, including installing pits for the long jump and high jump as well as putting in a space for the shot put. Those projects were completed prior to the outdoor season, and the Tigers hosted their first home meet against Horseshoe Bend and Reeltown this season.
Slew of new coaches join the team
Dadeville’s sports programs have been working on being competitive across the board, and ushering in a trio of new coaches might be just the ticket.
Just after the school year ended last year, Curtis Martin was named the head baseball coach. Jenni Roy took over the volleyball program midway through the 2018 season, and Jordan McGuire was named the softball coach before the season began.
Martin said when he was hired: “I know we’ve been the smallest 4A school for the past two years. I think we should do fairly well in 3A. I’ve been with the junior high the past couple years too, and we have a lot of talent coming up. I’m excited to start this journey because we have a very talented foundation.”
Roy said: “I’m transitioning into the varsity role, and I’m really excited about it,” Roy said. “It’s my second year at Dadeville, but the passion that the players have and the team has and the school has is just invigorating. I’m loving every second of it. I feel very lucky.”
McGuire said: “I hope I can do a great job at getting the community back involved with the team and not really build the program up but just get more people involved. I want to get the girls excited and make them want to be competitive, and any girls that want to go to the next level, I want to make sure they are prepared for that.”
Outlaw lands spot on first-team all-state
Although it happened just earlier this week, it can’t be forgotten as Dadeville’s Jake Outlaw was named to the Class 3A all-state baseball first team. He is one of just 16 players across the state who earned the honors.
For the Tigers, Outlaw served as mostly a closer but the one time he went a full game, he fired a one-hit shutout against Horseshoe Bend to close out the regular season. Outlaw had staggeringly good numbers at the plate. He had a batting average of .495, and his OPS was off the charts, finishing the season with a 1.397. Outlaw racked up 46 hits, including 14 doubles, four triples and three home runs.
Outlaw, a shortstop, was also one of the most reliable infielders for Dadeville this year.