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Creek Bridge improving during spring practice

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

MarionCreek Bridge football coach Jimmy Vereen has had a tough time rebuilding the program, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting in hard work. The Warriors recently got spring practice underway and averaged about 15 players per day with another 7 or 8 rising freshmen to be added to the fray in the summer.

“It’s been going fair. We just need more participation. We’re getting there and getting a little stronger,” Vereen said. “I think we’re going to be a little bit more athletic than we were a year ago. We’re going to be younger though. The offensive line is going to be young, but the skill people will be in their second and third years.”

Once the Warriors wrap up spring ball, summer workouts will be pivotal. Vereen plans to take most of the younger players to a one-day camp at the University of South Carolina on June 17 to give them a taste of what they will be facing when the season rolls back around.

“I’m going to take some of the younger kids to USC for some experience and exposure. I want them to get their feet wet. We don’t have a jayvee team so they’re coming up from the B-team to playing juniors and seniors. It’s going to be a challenge, but hopefully they can learn and keep moving forward,” Vereen said.

The veteran players will head to Coastal Carolina’s one-day camp on June 24. Former defensive lineman Aykelle Cross recently signed with the Chanticleers after being noticed by the coaching staff at the event last summer.

In other news, the Creek Bridge track teams competed at the Region 6-A meet and had a handful of athletes qualify for the Lower State championships.

On the girls’ side, senior Shakeera Sumter was fourth in the 200-meter dash while sophomore Damonique Jackson took fourth in the 400-meter run. The 400-meter relay team finished runner-up with a time of 55.60 seconds.

The boys’ team was led by senior D’Andre Hellom, who earned second in the 400-meter hurdles and third in the 110-meter hurdles. Jahmel Rogers, another senior, was fourth in both the 110-meter hurdles and discus throw. The 1600-meter relay team finished fourth as well.

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