De­catur coach and vol­ley­ball team re­ceive district award

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MIKE ECK­ELS meck­[email protected]

DE­CATUR — Just be­fore the start of the Dec. 17 meet­ing of the De­catur School Board, school su­per­in­ten­dent Steve Watkins pre­sented two spe­cial awards to a very spe­cial group of De­catur High School ath­letes and their coach.

Coach Ta­jhe Turner, who com­pleted her first sea­son as head vol­ley­ball coach, was pre­sented with the De­catur School District’s “Bull­dog Pride Award” for her lead­er­ship dur­ing the De­catur Lady Bull­dogs’ 2018 vol­ley­ball sea­son, which was the best sea­son since the pro­gram be­gan four years ago.

The vol­ley­ball team, led by se­niors Desi Meek and McKinzee Swaim, fin­ished the sea­son in fourth place in the 2A West and with a win in the district tour­na­ment against the Mul­berry Yel­low­jack­ets qual­i­fy­ing De­catur for the state vol­ley­ball play­offs for the very first time. The team lost in the first round to the top 2A vol­ley­ball team in the state, the St. Joseph Bull­dogs, in three straight sets.

The Lady Bull­dogs fin­ished with a 13-6 over­all record and an amaz­ing 6-6 con­fer­ence record.

Also present to ac­cept the team’s award were cap­tain Desi Meek (ac­cept­ing the award on be­half of the team), Kaliey Suther­land, Bron­wyn Berry, Stephanie San­doval, Na­talia Ro­driguez, Cal­lie McBride, Ithzel Martinez and McKinzee Swaim.

At the con­clu­sion of the award cer­e­mony, Coach Turner and the De­catur Lady Bull­dog vol­ley­ball team re­ceived a round of ap­plause from the school board and all who at­tended the meet­ing.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECK­ELS

Steve Watkins presents the De­catur Lady Bull­dog vol­ley­ball team with De­catur School District’s “Bull­dog Pride Award” dur­ing the Dec. 17 school board meet­ing in the con­fer­ence room at De­catur Mid­dle School. In­cluded in the cer­e­mony were Watkins (left) Desi Meek, Kaliey Suther­land, Ta­jhe Turner, Bron­wyn Berry, Stephanie San­doval, Natalie Ro­driguez, Ithzel Martinez (front), Cal­lie McBride and McKinzee Swaim.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECK­ELS

Steve Watkins (left), De­catur school su­per­in­ten­dent, presents Ta­jhe Turner with the district’s “Bull­dog Pride Award” dur­ing the Dec. 17 school board meet­ing in the con­fer­ence room at De­catur Mid­dle School. Turner coached the De­catur Lady Bull­dog vol­ley­ball team to one of the best sea­sons since its con­cep­tion four years ago.

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