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November 8, 2013

UR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Team chemistry secret to Lady Dogs’ success

MILLEDGEVILLE — It’s not easy to finish state runner-ups in softball for the Georgia High School Association’s Class A Public Schools. But Georgia Military Prep School solidified its place as one of the top teams in the state by reaching the feat for a second straight year, earning the team this week’s Athletes of the Week honors.

Touting a 27-5 record this season with wins against some of the GHSA’s best, it is clear that the Lady Bulldogs are doing something right.

“We didn’t end last year like we wanted to, but we were eager to come back this year and we were satisfied with whatever role we got,” Keely Murner, junior, said. “It boils down to working together as a team.”

The GMC Prep secret in softball appears to be its team chemistry, as many of the girls developed friendships before becoming part of the program.

“A lot of us grew up playing together so we’ve been playing together for a long time. We hang out outside of practice,” Sutton Long, sophomore, said. “We practice a lot, and I guess when you spend the summer with your team for the last two years you become close.”

Long admits the Lady Bulldogs have a unique situation in that most other high school programs pull players from different travel ball teams and middle schools, forcing them to have to develop friendships in their high school years.

“I guess from other schools, you go to high school and you’re put on a team, but we were already a team when we got here, having that teamwork and having that bond,” she said.

Friendships created off the field have carried this year’s team to one of its best runs in a long time, and a second-straight runner-up finish.

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