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Spring Sports Preview 2021

Menendez set to begin tenure as Bellaire softball coach

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer BELLAIRE — David Menendez inherits a Bellaire softball team that is in the rebuilding process. The Big Reds lost eight seniors, but return a pair of starters from two years ago after last season was wiped out due to COVID-19. Back for another ...

Bellaire track ready for season

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor BELLAIRE — Like all track teams, the Bellaire Big Reds are excited to be back on the oval this spring. As Shawn Valloric prepares his boys and girls teams for the 14th consecutive spring, the veteran head coach likes the make up of his ...

Newhart now guiding the Bridgeport track teams

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport track and field program has had a changing of the guard. Robert Newhart has taken over the reins of the program and hopes to get the squad headed in the right direction. “The team is excited to be ...

Smith now leading Bridgeport softball

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer BRIDGEPORT — Timmy Smith has been a baseball guy is entire life. He’s about to be a softball guy. The Bridgeport High graduate takes over for Paige Williams as the Bulldogs third head coach in four seasons. Williams, who had a 10-year run at ...

Bridgeport baseball returns three starters from ’19

By TRACY WATSON For The Times Leader BRIDGEPORT – In his third year at the Bulldogs’ helm, Bridgeport Coach Zach Winland welcomes back just three starters from his 2019 baseball team but does have a group of 11 seniors and juniors on a roster that had six players pick up diplomas last ...

Patrick takes over Buckeye Local baseball reins

By TRACY WATSON For The TImes Leader CONNORVILLE – As with a lot of teams coming off a lost season due to the pandemic, Buckeye Local’s 2021 baseball team will be an inexperienced group, with only three kids having any previous varsity playing team, with a first-year Head Coach in ...