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Prep sports returns to action after Spring Break

Mar. 26—Student athletes all across Cherokee County had the chance to take a step back from sports last week during Spring Break.

Many teams continued to practice and play in some events, but starting in the early part of the week, teams will be gearing up for normal scheduled programming.

For at least two Tahlequah teams, Spring Break didn't equal rest. The track and field team and baseball team were still out there honing their craft, according to coaches David Spears and Cody Pair.

This week didn't look much different than normal for Spears and his runners. For the most part, Spears had most of his long-distance boys working out.

Spears is hoping the practice pays off on Friday, March 29, when the Tigers return to the track at Pryor.

"I'm expecting to do pretty well, since we practiced all week long. We had at least 15 kids show up; we pretty much had our normal workouts, and a lot showed up for practice. Some didn't show up, but maybe the rest will help them," Spears said.

While the Tigers aren't sure what schools they'll go head-to-head with this year, they are expecting a normally competitive event.

Spears is guessing it will be mostly Metro Lakes Conference teams.

"I'm not sure who will attend, but I know it will be competitive," Spears said.

The runners were still at home, but the THS baseball squad was hitting the road in Little Rock, Arkansas, for a tournament. Even though the Tigers were swept out of the event, Pair considers it a successful result. They faced some tough teams, but Pair thought his squad was able to improve as the weekend went on.

"I was really proud of how our guys fought; I really believe we got better," Pair said. "That's our barometer — more than wins and losses for this tournament. Our guys learned a lot about themselves and each other, and about every pitch matters. We can learn a lot through adversity, and our guys were able to go into a difficult environment and compete and improve."

Now the Tigers are set to return to district play, with a pair of games against Tulsa-Edison before heading to Poteau for a single non-conference game.

"I expect us to be very competitive coming back from spring break tournament," Pair said. "We played three really good teams, and that helps us prepare for our remaining district schedule. We play a really difficult tournament during that time, with returning to district play on our minds."

The Tigers opened the two-game stand with Edison on Monday, March 25, and close it on the 26th.

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