Belcher plans aggressive style for Northside High softball

June 26, 2013 

New Northside fastpitch softball coach Meredith Belcher promises what she calls an aggressive brand of the game when the Lady Eagles open the 2013 season in August.

“I want to be aggressive,” Belcher said recently. “We work on running a lot -- not for distance, but we work on base-running. We work on mobility, so people can run efficiently so that we can be quicker.

“Those are all aspects that have to be better to win at fastpitch softball,” she added.

Belcher comes to Northside by way of Appling County High School, where she coached several sports in addition to her job running the softball program. She began her coaching career at Perry High School at the turn of the century. Her brother, Chris Reeves, coaches football and baseball at Northside.

Friday night lights

The Warner Robins High football schedule for the 2013 season calls for each of the Demons’ 10 regular season games to be played on a Friday night. According to the Georgia High School Football Historians’ Association website, the last time Warner Robins played all its games on a Friday came in 1990. Not coincidentally, that was the year before Houston County High opened and three schools, including Northside High, began using McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

Burgess signs with BPC

Recent Peach County graduate Dylan Burgess signed a letter of intent to play baseball and continue his education at Brewton Parker College. While leading the Trojans into the GHSA Class AAA state playoffs, Burgess led Peach County with a .350 batting average. He pitched for the Trojans, winning five games and striking out 67 batters.

Vets volleyball skills camp

Veterans volleyball coach Nicole Miranda is hosting a skills camp for girls age 6 to 14. The camp runs July 8 to 10 and will be held at the Veterans High School gymnasium. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon. Camp fee is $45 ($35 for each additional family member). Contact Miranda at 955-7528 or nicole.miranda@hcbe.net.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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