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Central changes softball season

During their regular monthly meeting on Monday night, members of the Central Board of Education voted to change the district’s softball season to springtime.

Chad Bradley, Central High School’s athletic director asked the board to approve changing the season from fall to spring beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

“We’ve played fall softball for several years,” he said. “Four or five years ago, the state adopted a spring and fall season, allowing schools to choose. I think by moving to the spring it will allow us to improve our numbers and improve our participation in the fall with some of our other activities and with the option of playing (softball) in the spring.”

With this change, Central joins the vast majority of schools within its athletic conference that hold their softball season in the spring.

In other business, the board voted to approve next year’s school calendar, which includes an extra half day of vacation before Thanksgiving. In the past, school was dismissed halfway through the day on the Wednesday before the holiday. 

“The principals suggested this and the calendar committee had the same suggestion,” said Superintendent Dr. Desi Mayberry. “And that was to make the Wednesday before Thanksgiving a full day off because that is one of our worst attendance days of the year.”

Earlier in the meeting, a student recognition ceremony was held to celebrate the accomplishments of several high school and elementary school students.

First up, High School Principal Brad Coleman announced that the Students of the Month for March are Alexus Groom and Cole Murphy.

“Cole couldn’t be here tonight, because he’s playing baseball,” Coleman said, “but Alexus is here … She’s a great kid. She played softball for us and has done many things throughout the school. She’s just a good student, a good citizen and we’re really proud to recognize her tonight as a March Student of the Month at CHS.”

As per tradition, each student then chooses a teacher of the month. Groom chose her science teacher Mike Logan, while Murphy selected language arts teacher Ronnie Calvird.

Groom nominated Logan because, as she said, “I have had more fun in his college biology than any class I have ever taken. Not only is he a great teacher, but he also takes time to get to know his students. He refused to give up on helping me when I struggled and he answered all my questions.”

Cole chose Calvird as teacher of the month because he is thankful for the fact that Calvird challenges him, not only in the classroom but on the baseball field as well and has served as Cole’s mentor.

Next, Bradley announced that the boys basketball team finished the season with a record of 21 wins and nine losses, which included a conference record of five wins and zero losses.

“In addition to being named the MAAA large school conference champion, we also won the Class 3 district tournament,” said Bradley, among other honors.

Wade Scherffius, one of the team’s players, was recognized at the meeting for helping to lead his team during the successful season and standing out as an exemplary player.

“We did have a very successful season and a great deal of that success can be attributed to, not only our team, but to Wade specifically,” said Bradley. “He had an outstanding season. He displayed his talents on the basketball court and was a lot of fun to watch. Every night, at least one time during the game, you’d say ‘Wow, did you just see what he did?’”

Next up, Josh Mapes, the coach for the Central girls’ basketball team introduced one of the team’s outstanding players. Caitlyn Holmes, he said, “is a tough kid and a great teammate. She played all year long with a bulging disk in her back and averaged 17 points a game and 10 rebounds and about five assists per game. She was always the first one at practice and the last one to leave.”

A group of West Elementary School students were also recognized during the meeting. Principal Keith Groom announced there were four first place winners in the school’s science fair. Tying for first place in the third grade were Payton Counts and Dakota Bowers. Winning first place in the fourth grade was Jay Hall, with Jonathan Moore winning first place in the fifth grade entries.

“This year’s judges all said that the originality and the way the students represented themselves and represented their experiments was probably the best they’ve seen in a long time,” said Groom. 

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Members of the Central Board of Education, some of whom are pictured here at the conclusion of Monday night's meeting, voted to change the district’s softball season from fall to spring beginning next school year. 

Members of the Central Board of Education, some of whom are pictured here at the conclusion of Monday night’s meeting, voted to change the district’s softball season from fall to spring beginning next school year. 

Amy Patterson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3616 or apatterson@dailyjournalonline.com.

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