It’s not as easy as some folks think to build a successful high school athletic program.
Oh, there are some who think all it takes is a magician to get the job done. You know, all the coach needs to do is dress in a cape and a top hat and wave a magic wand and presto, an undefeated season appears in a puff of smoke.
Back here in the land of reality, however, things don’t work that way. It takes plenty of good-old fashioned hard work and that’s what you are getting from the players on coach Mike Cavey’s Apalachee High School squad. Already, the 2009 Diamond Wildcats are making inroads this season and don’t be surprised to see even more accomplishments marked off before all is said and done this spring.
AHS earned its initial region win of the season last Friday after pitcher Justin Shultz threw a gem against Cedar Shoals. It was the first time in five years the Wildcats held an opponent scoreless. When you are building a program from the ground up like Cavey is doing, this is no small accomplishment to be sure.