Thursday, March 10, 2005

Baseball Lions look forward to season

Sports Editor

According to Lion tamer (and head coach) Eddie Dixon, the H.W Byers Lions are almost ready to build on the legacy left by last season’s team. The 2004 Lions made the 1A playoffs for the first time in school history.

Since taking over the mentoring job for the Lions some years ago, Coach Dixon has brought a new work ethic to the Lions diamond. He has slowly built the franchise into a contender.

“We are going to open up the current season on Tuesday (March 8), with a home game against the Blue Mountain Cougars,” he said. “We expect to be a bit shaky at the beginning because weather has hampered some of our practice sessions, but I feel that we are going to be all right.”

The coach said the Lions will be returning seven starters on this season’s team.

Byers will be carrying a roster of 22 players, all high schoolers. On this roster will be four pitchers with mound experience from last season. Dixon didn’t name the hurlers, but did say that some players to watch this time out will be Cordell Boyd, Tristan Kizer and Victor Hooker.

Some of the Lions were involved in the state basketball playoffs and could not give undivided attention until after last Friday.

The Lions will be looking to advance farther than the first round of the playoffs this season.

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