Lassiter athletes making LHS proud across the board

By Whitney Conner
Staff Writer ’06

Lassiter’s sports teams have done a great job so far. However, with a new season of sports beginning it can get somewhat difficult to remember the teams that have already finished their seasons. On that note, here’s a recap of Lassiter’s fall sports successes.

The Swim and Dive team did exceptionally well this year. Thirty seven of Lassiter’s best swimmers swam in the state preliminaries on February 19.This year, Coach Zmuda took the most swimmers to swim at state in Lassiter’s history. Out of that 37, seven males and thirteen females swam again on Saturday at the finals. While the girl’s team had hoped to place first this year, they unfortunately took third place. However, the girls did great this year in that they were undefeated up until the state championship. Jenny Schimenti, Anna Gleyzer, Abby Ahlers, and Sarah Porri won the Ladie’s 400 free Relay at state and even broke Lassiter’s school record and the county record for the event. The team won their fourth Cobb County Championship as well. Of the team, seven swimmers and three divers were nominated for the All County Swim Team. Steven Grade was dubbed Cobb County Swimmer of the Year and Coach Zmuda was honored with Cobb County Coach of the Year for the second time. As this was his last year at Lassiter, he will be greatly missed next season.

Lassiter’s wrestlers celebrate the success of their
two champions, Cody Runnels and Rod Boyd

Coach Day’s wrestling team did well, too. Cody Runnels and Rod Boyd? wrestled their way to the top as Cobb County’s only two champions. Cody Runnels also won the state match. However, he did suffer his first loss in four years against Wade Hudson of Parkview. Even though Cody will be leaving next year, he says the wrestling team is showing some potential, noting that “some of the freshmen are showing some potential as future state-winning, wrestlers.

This year’s cross country team did great as well. At the County Championship, both the boy’s and girl’s teams placed second. At regionals, the boys placed first and went on to place seventh at state. Alex McWalters was the individual Region champ. The girls placed third at regionals and tenth at state. Elena Linn placed third at state and was the Cobb County Champion.
Coach Giles is very proud of the boy’s tennis team, who has a great shot at winning the region championship. Also, Coach Giles believes Lassiter will be represented very well in the state tournament. The leaders of the team are junior Shawn Gordon and senior Max Bicklehaup. Both boys are undefeated with Shawn at 2 singles and Max at 1 doubles.

The Lassiter Gymnastics team hosted an invitational meet of eight other teams. Lassiter took both the invitational and the top three individual medals.

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