The South Side Bee Branch Hornets finished 23-11 last year, won the district, finished runner-up in the regional and reached the Class 1A state semifinals, and coach Tye Glover hopes those accomplishments are just the beginning.
“I am confident that we will compete in our classification, but we play in a tough conference with some quality teams like West Side Greers Ferry and the defending state champions, Midland,” Glover said. “Both teams have great tradition, and you can be good and finish third in the conference, which makes things tough in the regional. I just hope that we will play our best at the right time in the season.”
Besides South Side Bee Branch, the 1A 2 South includes Bradford, Concord, Midland, Rural Special, Shirley and West Side Greers Ferry. The top four teams in the district tournament will advance to the 1A Region 3 Tournament against the top four finishers from the 1A 5 District Tournament (Academics Plus, Guy-Perkins, Mount Vernon-Enola, Nemo Vista, Sacred Heart and Wonderview). The four survivors of the regional will advance to the Class 1A State Tournament.
“Overall, our biggest strength will be team depth,” Glover said. “We will have more competition to get in the lineup this year than ever before. This will ultimately make us compete more between ourselves and on the field.”
The team weakness, he said, would be plate discipline.
“We have the ability to be overly aggressive at times,” he said.
Glover declined to name individuals for this story.