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COACH OF THE YEAR: Dan Maehlman

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Coach Dan Maehlman lead the Cardinals to the brink of another state playoff berth, but lost a tiebreaker to Spalding.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Coach Dan Maehlman lead the Cardinals to the brink of another state playoff berth, but lost a tiebreaker to Spalding.

Highlight of the season: “I would say now, because we have four guys that are in position to get a scholarship to continue playing baseball in college. Regardless of the type of season we had, we have four guys that will continue their career on the next level. Yes, it was a let-down not making the playoffs, but we still had a good team.”

What area did you improve on: “It had to be with team unity. I felt we came together throughout the course of the season and grew closer as a team. At the beginning, there were a lot of clicks on the team. The seniors only hung with the seniors. The juniors only hung with the juniors. By the end of the season, we were all on the same page. It showed because we ended the season winning nine of our last 10 games and were in a position to make the playoffs.”

Overall impression of the season: “Going into the season, we knew it would be tough because we were playing in a much better baseball region. We won the majority of the games we were suppposed to win and beat Griffin twice, which won the region. I’m very pleased at the season, but not making the playoffs was a big pill to swallow. Whether it is basketball, baseball or volleyball, I have became accustomed to making the playoffs.”

Key information: After a slow start, the Cardinals ended the season with a 13-9 overall record and was 13-7 in Region 4-AAAA. Jonesboro was tied with Spalding for the fourth seed in the region, but lost on a tiebreaker. It was the first time in four seasons that the Cardinals did not make the postseason.

Who else was considered: Patrick Smith of Mundy’s Mill.