SPORTS
SIGNING DAY
Signed, sealed, delivered McGarraugh signs on to play volleyball at Friends

By Blake Colson, Sports Editor

Piedmont head volleyball coach Lauren Bernhardt calls senior setter Hannah McGarraugh a perfectionist. "She can set the most absolutely perfect ball and will still look over to me and ask what she could've done better," she said. It's that kind of dedication that Bernhardt said made McGarraugh, who played volleyball for the first time ever as a freshman at Piedmont, the kind of player a college program wanted. McGarraugh signed with Friends University in Wichita on Wednesday, capping a whirlwind four-year high school career that was driven by her desire to constantly evolve as a player.
PIEDMONT WRESTLING
Ford takes part in Marine leadership course at Quantico
Piedmont celebrates with a dog pile at the mound after recording the final out Saturday against Duncan in the regional final. (Photo by Blake Colston)

By Blake Colson, Sports Editor

Piedmont's head wrestling coach Erik Ford took the 'most unique' trip of his life last week. Ford was one of three high school wrestling coaches from around the nation invited to the Marine Corps Recruiting Command Coaches Leadership Workshop in Quantico, Va. Put on by the Marine Corps Office of Diversity and the Corp's recruiting branch, the workshop specializes in building leadership skills through a variety of training exercises. "It really opened my eyes and I think I'll take something back to use in our programs at Piedmont," Ford said. "Never in my life have I done anything like it. The...
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Piedmont’s Dustin Hasley, right, receives his state championship plaque. (Photo by Blake Colston)
COMMENTARY
Parents need to learn their place
Piedmont second baseman Easton McClure tries to turn the back half of a double play during one of Piedmont’s two wins over Ardmore last week. (Photo by Blake Colston)

By Blake Colson, Sports Editor

This summer will mark my fifth year in sports journalism. I've spent all five covering, to a large degree, high school sports. I've seen the best, most pure side of prep sports, and, unfortunately, the worst. Overbearing parents are an epidemic these days. It's hard to find a coach who doesn't have a long list of tales involving parents who've overstepped their bounds, shown a lack of respect, or both. People's children are involved so asking everyone to play nice all the time is unrealistic. But there's a difference between standing up for your child and inspiring team mutiny. What a 16-year-old hears their parents say about the coach will likely influence how they feel about them. Think of it this way...