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New faces lead Morgan teams

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By The Staff

Three new coaches took over Morgan County sports programs this spring when high school baseball and softball started.

At Wartburg, Amy Stafford takes over for Paul Brown as new softball coach. She is assisted by her husband Larry Stafford, who is excited about coaching the Lady Bulldogs.

“We’re excited to be coaching here at Wartburg. We have a lot of young girls and they are trying very hard,” said Stafford.

“We are taking it one game at a time and trying to win as many as we can. This is a learning season and we are trying to teach them a few things.”

Coalfield’s softball got a new manager when Jenifer Laurendine took over the reigns from Paula Melhorn, who led the Lady Jackets to the regional tournament last season. She is also assisted by husband Michael Laurendine.

“I’m really excited to be here at Coalfield. It is a great community and there is great support,” said Laurendine.

“We do have a really good young team and we have a chance to have some great seasons ahead of us. As long as we go in and play hard every game then that is what I am going to be excited about.”

Sunbright’s baseball program got new leadership when Terry Clark stepped in to fill the void left by former coach Curtis Newberry, who guided the Tigers to a school-record 23 wins in 2006 and 2007 and two regional trips in his two seasons.

With the loss of a huge group of seniors, Clark finds himself in the middle of a transition year.