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Sports briefs: YMS team completes banner season

York Middle basketball ends season

The York Middle School eighth grade girls’ basketball team 40-39 to Springfield Middle School in the York County Middle School Conference championship game.

The York Middle Lady Cougars finished on top of the Western Division Conference with only two losses on the season.

“The girls worked tremendously hard in the offseason in order to prepare for the opportunity to play for the conference title,” said coach Alicia Thompson. “I could not have asked for a better group of young ladies and parents to work with.”

The Lady Cougars were down by seven points with less than two minutes remaining.

“They could have very easily given up during the game, but they kept fighting and kept their composure,” said Thompson. “Those last minutes of the championship game do not tell the whole story of what these young ladies are capable of doing on the basketball court as they will soon begin their high school careers.

“Not only are they good athletically, but they are academically determined to succeed as well.”

She added: “I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to be their coach this year. We look forward to their successes in years to come.”

Team members are: Abbey Baker, Jamya Brice, Blakely Elliott, Ramsey Green, Jaleah Long, Kinley McManis, Holley Mitchell, Ally Morales, Breoanna Moss and Kaylee Suarez.

YMS spring sports begin March 3

The York Middle School spring sports season begins Tuesday, March 3, with the school’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams traveling to Clover at 5 p.m.

Both soccer teams will host Oakridge Middle School at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

Stroud’s courtside presence benefits program

After closing out the York Comprehensive High School girls’ basketball season, coach Paula Blackwell said Arsonia Stroud’s return as an assistant varsity coach helped the program.

“Adding another coach really helped us because it allowed our JV team to have two coaches, so Leigh Ziegler could concentrate on being a head coach,” said Blackwell.

“It also allowed the coaches to split up between guards/posts in practice,” said Blackwell. “Coach Stroud helping me added her many years of experience to go along with that no-excuses-mentality that her generation has no tolerance for. The kids love having her back as do I.”

York to offer youth tennis lessons

The York Parks and Recreation Department will offer beginner and intermediate-level tennis lessons for boys and girls ages 7-15.

The lessons will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, April 13 through May 18 at the York Middle School upper tennis courts. The cost is $30 for the 6 lessons. Lessons are provided by Phil Davis.

A minimum of eight participants is needed to have the lessons, which are open to a maximum of 14 players. Registration is at the York Recreation Center on White Rose Lane from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

For more information, call the department at 803-684-3742.

York registering for spring sports

The York Parks and Recreation Department will hold registration for the following spring programs:

Regular registration will be through March 17 with a fee of $35, and late registration will be March 18 and 19 with a fee of $45.

Early registration is through Feb. 27 with a fee of $25 for all age groups except machine pitch, which has a fee of $30. Regular registration will be March 20-24 with a fee of $30 for all but machine pitch, which is $35. Late registration will be March 25-26 with a fee of $40, or $45 for machine pitch.

A copy of the child’s birth certificate must be on file with the recreation department for them to participate. Registration for all sports is at the York Recreation Center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

For information, call 803-684-3742 or visit www.yorkcitysc.com.