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WEST EDGECOMBE grabs for a Gryphon out.
Photo by Bulluck]
Lady Gryphs Softball Team
Look For Winning Season
According to Judy Bradshaw,
coach of the Rocky Mount
Senior High Girls’ Softball
Team, the talent of the team
does not rest in a few players,
but is distributed throughout
the team.
The girls on the team were
chosen from those that attend
ed tryouts the week of April 14.
Approximately 36 girls went out
for the team and 18 made the
final cut. The girls were selected
according to their offensive
skills, such as hitting and
base-running, and defensive
skills, such as fielding and play
knowledge.
Coach Bradshaw opened her
evaluation of the team by
saying, “Of course all of the
girls are good or they wouldn’t
be on the team.” The coach
then continued with the
following assessment of the
individual players:
Dale Allen — “Dale is a
sufficient hitter and catcher.”
Julie Baldwin — “Julie is a
natural player and a good first
baseman.”
Donna Barnhill — “Donna is
a good fielder, but she needs to
work some on her hitting.”
Winn Braswell — “Winn is a
fairly good hitter. She needs to
work on her fielding.”
Jennifer Cherry — “Jennifer
is a good hitter and an adequate
fielder.”
Penny Coleman — “Penny is
a good fielder and a dependable
hitter. She can get a hit when
you really need one.”
Laura Ess — “Laura is an
adequate fielder and hitter.”
Cynthia Hines — “Cynthia is
a good fielder, but her batting
needs work.”
Marilyn Joyner — “Marilyn
is a good fielder, but she needs
to hustle more.”
Betty Parker — “Betty is a
good hitter, but she needs to
work on her fielding.”
Gale Parker — “Gale hits
well, but she needs to improve
her fielding.”
Sharon Sawyer — “Sharon is
a good fielder and an adequate
hitter.”
Amy Smith — “Amy is a
balanced hitter and fielder.”
Mary White — “Mary is a
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The 1977 track season started
Monday, Mar. 21 against
Greenville under the direction of
Coach Phil Harris and the
assistance of Coach Walt
Wiggins. The Gryphons were
defeated by Greenville 84 to 50,
despite the many first places
that the Gryphs took.
The coaches note outstanding
people on the team are David
Jones in the two mile, Julius
Jones in the mile, Oie
Ostercamp in the 880 and Lloyd
Bynum in the High Hurdles and
Low Hurdles. Bob Harris is a
good shock putter along with
Paul Epting, Jim Laugteridge,
Gaither Weeks and Cornelius
Merritt. Mike Jones is an
outstanding 440 and High Jump
man.
This year the mile relay team
is very good. The team consists
of Mike Jones, Carl McNeal,
Oie Ostercamp, and Julius
Jones, according to Coach
Wiggins.
The team on a whole is good
on track events but needs help
in the field events, report the
coaches.
On Monday’s meet David
Jones, Julius Jones, Oie
Ostercamp, and Lloyd Bynum
from the Gryphons took first
places in their respective
events.
good pitcher and a strong
hitter,”
Mary Sykes — “Mary is a
good first baseman, but she
needs to work on her hitting.”
Wilhemina Wright — “Wil-
hemina is an adequate hitter
and fielder.”
Debra Carr — “Debra is
sufficient as a hitter and
fielder.”
Kelly Bullard is out with a
back injury right now, but
should return to catch for the
team. Coach Bradshaw conclud
ed, “The team is fairly young,
with only seven returning
players, but we have a lot of
able players.”
When asked about the outlook
for the season. Coach Bradshaw
replied, “It’s hard to say how
we’ll do. We’re in a good
conference. Northern Nash and
Wilson should be our toughest
competitors in the conference,
but Elizabeth City will also be a
strong opponent. Any team
could win the championship.”
The team’s schedule for the
season runs as follows:
PAUL EPTING VAULTS BAR: Paul participated In the pole vault at
the Gryphons first meet. [Photo by Bulluck]
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