Last week, the Arab girls golf team played in the state tournament at Prattville on Monday and Tuesday.
After driving back Tuesday afternoon and going to school on Wednesday morning, the golfers attended Arab’s Signing Day Cere-mony in the after-noon, when they were recog-nized as a group for finishing fourth in the state.
Grace Narrell, the lone senior on the team, also was recognized for signing a scholarship with Shorter University.
While that was going on, Arab Junior High was holding part of its Awards Day activities. Those continued on Thursday, and Arab golf coach Emily Stapler was a part of all of it (as was I, and it made for a long couple of days).
Anyway, the coach didn’t have a chance to comment on her girls’ season – until now.
“I’m proud of the girls and the season we had,” she said. “We won or placed in several big tournaments.
“Our performance at state was not what we wanted, but we were grateful for the chance to compete. Placing in the top four out of all 4A and 5A was a huge accomplishment.”
Stapler is already looking ahead to next season, when she’ll have everyone back except Narrell. But she’ll be a big loss. She’s been on the team since she was a seventh grader and been a team leader for the past four seasons.
“We will miss the leadership of Grace Narrell immensely,” Stapler said. “I know she will do great things at Shorter University, and I wish her the very best.”
• Before Arab’s football team played its spring game against Fairview on Friday, first-year head coach Lee Ozmint did an interview with WRAB’s Archie Anderson. He repeated much of what he talked about after the scrimmage, about Alex Alcala having a break-out spring, about Kent Tyler and Colby King being valuable additions to a receiving corp that already includes Will Hudson, among others, and about the value brought to the special teams by kickers Ridge Stewart (a returnee) and Gavin Currier, a soccer player who is new to the football team.
But mainly, he talked about the effort he’s getting from the players.
He’s expecting a huge turnaround and by now, I think his players are expect it, too.
Here is Arab’s schedule this fall: at Boaz, Aug. 23; vs. West Point, Aug. 30; at Brewer. Sept. 6; vs. Ardmore, Sept. 13; at Guntersville, Sept. 20; vs. East Limesone, Oct. 4; at Scottsboro, Oct. 11; vs. Madison County, Oct. 18; vs. Madison Academy, Oct. 25; and at North Jackson, Nov. 1.
By the way, we’ll take a look back at Brindlee Mountain’s spring in Saturday’s Tribune. Coach Keith Garner had some encouraging things to say about his squad’s two weeks of drills.
• If you haven’t heard by now, Mountain Brook’s Trendon Watford picked LSU over Alabama, Memphis and Indiana.
LSU also learned that Javonte Smart is returning next season. He was early entrant to the NBA Draft.