Emma Bailey, an eighth grader from South Webster, beat out over 1,500 other girls in both the discus and shot put. Her successful season led to Bailey’s third-place showing in both of the throwing events going into the first OHSAA sponsored Junior High state track meet.
“Ever since I started track in the seventh grade, I’ve really loved it, and I felt honored to represent South Webster, Bailey said.”
Bailey believes that her history as an athlete helped contribute to her success this track season.
“I’ve always played softball and I think that’s helped to strengthen my arm and to give me more endurance,” Bailey said.
Bailey says that there was steep competition at the state meet, but with a third place finish in the discus and an 11th-place showing in the shot put, it’s evident that the freshman-to-be did an excellent job at hiding the nerves.
“It was really crazy,” Bailey said. “There were quite a bit of great shot putters and great throwers, and I was nervous. But I went and stretched, and after practicing and throwing some, I got rid of the nerves that surrounded me before the meet.”
With her middle school career in the books, Bailey has a tough decision to make as she moves up to high school, as the freshman will have to choose whether to continue with track or softball, with both sports not only running during the same portion of the year, but also requiring more of a time commitment than in middle school.
“That’s what I’ve been thinking about, which one I want to do,” Bailey said. “However, regardless of what I want to choose, my hopes are to do really good, whether it be track or softball, help win games or meets, and obtain college offers.”
Elks/SSU Golf Camp lowers price from $100 to $50
The Shawnee State University golf camp, which will be held at the Elks Country Club from Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23, has lowered its price from $100 per camper to $50 per camper, according to Elks Country Club Course Manager Ed Carver.
Carver, along with Dave Hopkins and the Shawnee State University men’s golf program, will be hosting the camp from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on each day. The camp will feature instruction from Hopkins, University of Akron sophomore-to-be Mitchell McFarland, All-Mid-South Conference talent Josh Zornes, Second-Team All-MSC honoree Dagan Abdon, and South Webster head coach Josh Horner, among others.
“We’re going to work on the short game, such as chipping and putting, and we’re going to work on proper fundamentals,” Hopkins said. “That includes how to hold the club and how to align the club properly. We spent about an hour on fundamentals, and then, we let them go out and play on the holes out on the course. My guys go along with them and try to teach them the right etiquette and how to play each hole on the course.”
For more information on the camp, check out http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/sports/16603/elks-ssu-to-hold-youth-golf-clinic or call Carver at (740) 259-6241 for more information.