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2017-2018 Bulldog Sports Preview

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By: Tommy Billiteri

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Football

Head coach, Bryan Smart, returns a team full of senior leadership. The Bulldogs look to have an even better season than last year led by the dynamic duo of quarterback, Colt Smith, and receiver, Johnny Fritz. The defense will have to regroup without their leading tackler from last year; Tyler Williams will be playing football at UCF in the fall.

Boys Basketball

Boys basketball has not been the most successful sport in recent history for the Bulldogs. However, head coach Jeff Bean looks to improve upon last year’s 4-21 record. Bean will lose one of his leading scorers, Tyler Brigham, to graduation. The Bulldogs will have a solid group of juniors and seniors next year to build around. The popular opinion is Dezmond Pierce-Lacy is the future of the program. The 5-foot-11 forward started on varsity as a sophomore, so it is safe to say the coaching staff has high expectations.

Girls Volleyball

Finally, Lady Bulldog volleyball is starting to appear as though it is looking up. Head coach, Ettie Singleton will have most of her core back next year including the promising outside hitter, Kylee Ansueto. But, the team will have to find a leader on the court, because their captain, Hannah Smith will graduate as a member of the class of 2017.

Softball

Next year appears to be an obvious rebuilding year for Ray Whobrey’s Lady Dogs. They will lose six seniors from this year’s team, including all three captains: Cortney Wentzell, Skylar Whobrey and Emily Henderson. Replacing Wentzell at the plate, Whobrey on the mound and Henderson on the bases should be a tall task for the coaching staff. However, SCHS will return a pair of promising young sophomores, including their future ace, Alyssa O’Donnell, and her catcher, Adrianna Manzanares.

Boys Volleyball 

Next year will be the first year in the program’s short history that Anthony Pinkerton will not be setting for head coach, Ettie Singleton. He was a freshman during the inaugural season, and he will be graduating with the class of 2017. To make matters even more challenging, the other setter, Jose Mendez, is also graduating this Spring. On a positive note, junior Matthew Glass continues to show extreme improvement and potential. It looks like he will be the Bulldogs’ go-to hitter in 2018.