With basketball season completed on all fronts, the Brady schools turn their collective heads to spring sports, some of which get underway this weekend. Brady ISD athletic director and head football coach Jay Jones is in charge of the sports activities and he’ll be busy covering five different ones’golf, tennis, track, softball and baseball. Here is the run down of all five, their coaches, with a schedule at the bottom of the page: GOLF Tim Kilgore will be in charge of coaching both the high school’s boys’ and girls’ programs. The girls’ golf team is the defending district champion, having copped the title in Brady’s old district (6-3A). According to Jones, most of the girls’ team returns for another season. The boys are still young, but Jones said they will definitely be more competitive this season. The AD said he looks for Wimberley to be the team to watch in Brady’s league this spring. The girls will open the season at Lampasas on Monday, Feb. 26. The boys’ first tournament will be at Lampasas on Wednesday, Feb. 28. “Right now we are playing qualifying matches to see who will be going to the Lampasas meet,” said Kilgore. “We have 12 boys and 6 girls out for golf this season and we have several who should be able to compete at the district and hopefully the regional level.” TENNIS Coaching the Brady tennis program again this season is Sammy Crouch. The teams (varsity and junior, both boys and girls) open this weekend, Friday and Saturday, at San Angelo. “I expect the teams to be improved overall this season,” Jones said. “Abilene Wylie controlled the district tournament last season, placing numbers 1 and 2 in both divisions,” he said. Of course, Brady is not in Region I anymore after being realigned by the UIL in January 2000. The school is now in Region IV and in District 26-3A with Llano, Burnet, Liberty Hill, Wimberley and Ingram Tom Moore. “We have a young team with most of our strength and depth in the sophomore class,” said Crouch. With 25 kids on the tennis team, Crouch is being assisted by Oscar Villa. “It will really help having him out here,” said Crouch. “Another set of eyes will allow us to pay more attention to the kids and spend time with more one-on-one coaching.” “There are several players that have the potential to compete at the state level,” he continued. “Allison Allen and Beth Reinisch are both returning this year and they both can compete if they play up to their abilities. Garrick Doyal is also looking strong for the boys’ team as is the doubles team of Jaime Allen and Taylor Owens.” BASEBALL The baseball program is under the leadership of coaches Nathan Headrick and Jeff Hurta. Headrick will handle the varsity team while Hurta will be coach of the JV. “We lost only two starters from last year’s playoff team, but they were our two top pitchers’Bobby Salinas and Matthew Price. It will be hard to replace those two,” Jones said. “If coach Headrick can find some pitchers, I look for us to be pretty strong,” he added. Jones also reminded the fans that the new district is a strong baseball league, possibly the toughest one in the state. The Bulldog varsity scrimmaged at San Saba Thursday and will open the season here on Friday, Feb. 23 against Junction. The JV will open the 2001 schedule when they host Junction on Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL The softball program, only in its third season, has struggled from the beginning. However, Jones says that things are changing, and there’s been improvement over the previous two years. “We have a lot of girls out for the sport this season. They will be coached by Micki Templeton and Chris Wienecke,” he said. One of the Lady Bulldogs’ top players, Jennifer Morgan, was seriously injured in an ATV accident last year and is still questionable for being on the team. According to Jones, she is on the injured reserve team until she is cleared with a full medical release. The softball squad will open the season Saturday in Brady with Bangs. Game time is 2:30 p.m. The JV game will precede that contest at 1 p.m. TRACK The track season, both boys and girls, will open on Saturday, March 3 with the annual Brady Relays. It’s an earlier date than usual, but Jones hopes that the new date will attract more schools who are facing many meets in late March and early April. Doug Holtzclaw will be the head boys’ track coach and Nicole Jones will be the head girls’ coach. “We will have a lot of young kids out for track. I feel confident that we’ll be competitive this season, but our goal is to win JV championship because I’m not sure we can compete on the varsity level,” Jones said. “We have a strong nucleus of freshmen who are excited about track season. We have the same problem in track that we had in football and basketball. We will be very young. We may be a year or two away from being really strong,” he added. POWERLIFTING “We open the powerlifting season this Saturday, Feb. 17 in De Leon under coach Sam Prater, and I believe we have a legitimate chance of getting to the state meet,” Jones said. He even went further, stating that he felt Brady had a couple of potential state champions. “This could be in both boys’ and girls’ divisions,” he said. MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK Jones is very excited about his junior high track program that gets underway on Friday, March 2 at the Brady Junior High Relays. “Just like last season when we were so competitive and winning so many meets, these kids are really into track. I look for this to be a great spring for these young athletes,” he said.