SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Spring sports just around the corner

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 19:01 PM.

Dean is the best left-handed hitter the Bulldogs have seen since his older brother, Blake. Like Blake, Dakota has power to all the park’s parts and he has more speed than his big brother, which makes him all the more dangerous.

Dean and Henderson will have plenty of help around them.

Seth Thomason will be back for his junior year. Tate Sweatt is set for a big year at the plate. And Dennis Gibbons has been lights out as the Bulldog closer and plays a mean third base.

As Dean and Henderson wrap up their careers, the talk turns to freshman Corey Armstrong as being the next great Bulldog baseball player.

So it goes as the Bulldogs try to keep up in an always tough District 2-6A.

In Laurel Hill, coach Ronnie Smith will worry about basketball a little longer before turning his full attention to baseball. Smith and the Hoboes should be in a bit of a rebuilding year. Last year’s top pitcher and starting shortstop, Kyle Slingerland, graduated, as did power hitting first baseman Tyler Zessin and speedy infielder Travon Calloway.

It might just be Jan. 2, but spring is in the air until a cold front moves through the area tomorrow.



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