Jonesboro volleyball staying on top

From staff reports

On a roll: It will be hard for Jonesboro to top last year's 35-2 volleyball season but the Lady Cardinals might just be in position to do just as well or even better than last year.

The Lady Cardinals are currently 22-0 after winning the Clayton County tournament over the weekend and beating Henry County and Morrow Tuesday.

The Lady Cardinals get back into action today at Southwest DeKalb.

Surprised: At the beginning of the season, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy barely had enough girls to field a softball team.

Head coach Joe Shadowens knew it was going to be a tough season with a young, inexperienced squad but it's turning out better than what he originally thought.

The team has won three out of its last four games and is 4-5 going into today's game against Whitefield Academy.

"Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win one game but we've had to modify that a little bit," Shadowens said. "If you had told me we would be one game under .500, I wouldn't have believed you."

The streak continues: Henry County's 1-0 softball win over Eagle's Landing Tuesday broke an amazing streak. It was the first time in the last six meetings between the teams that the game didn't go into extra innings. But Henry head coach Chuck Campbell did say one streak still was going strong.

"This was at least the 10th straight 1-0 game both teams have played," he said.

Back in the saddle n for a minute: Former Eagle's Landing head softball coach Blake Lyons resumed his old position when current head coach Toby Evans went on his honeymoon in the Bahamas last week. At first, Lyons felt like maybe he was missing something after coaching the team to a win. Then something happened to make him realize he did the right thing when he stepped down.

"We had some games run late and when I got home and saw that my kids were already in bed, I knew that I did the right thing by giving up coaching," Lyons said.

Strikeout queens: The Southern Crescent is loaded with great pitchers who have a knack for finding the strike zone. Luella's Brooke Loudermilk, Stockbridge's Terese Gober, Eagle's Landing's Terri Mesko, Jonesboro's Heather Lowry and Henry County's Amber Harrell often average double figures in strikeouts each game.