After tuning up for the season with scrimmage games last week at Sandy Creek, LaGrange’s boys’ and girls’ teams kick things off for real with a home doubleheader against Drew today.
Both LaGrange teams are coming off winning performances against Sandy Creek, and they each face tough challenges today.
Drew’s boys’ team is coming off a 16-10 season that ended in the Class AAA quarterfinals, and LaGrange head coach Mike Pauley said the Titans “have everybody back” this season.
Today’s game is part of a difficult early-season schedule that includes an appearance in a holi
day tournament at Henry County High.
“The whole idea behind the scheduling was to get some Atlanta schools in, for us to get some exposure so we’ll know what we’re running up against at that level,” Pauley said. “So we feel like we’re getting what we want.”
The Grangers enter the season with high expectations.
In what figured to be a rebuilding year after the Grangers lost eight seniors from the state runnerup team in 2010, the Grangers instead went 16-12 and made it to the state tournament last season.
Nearly every player from that team is back, and the Grangers could be poised for a special season.
Pauley said the players are ready to roll.
“I feel like we’re right where we need to be at this stage getting prepared mentally,” Pauley said.
The Lady Grangers, meanwhile, are coming off a 21-3 season that ended with a disappointing loss in the first round of the state tournament.
Drew went 14-9 last season and also lost in the opening round of the state tournament.
LaGrange lost seniors Terryuana Godwin and Arneshia Williams, but everyone else returns as the Lady Grangers pursue a second straight region championship.
The Lady Grangers are coming off a solid performance in a win over Sandy Creek in last week’s scrimmage.