2015-10-07 / Sports

Lady Bears claim high school’s first volleyball title

By Anne Marie Kyzer


Above, Cordaijah McBride returns a volley while Quin’Daijah Hamilton looks on. At left, the Lady Bears pose with their Area 3-AAAA Championship trophy. They are coached by Jamika Harvey, far left, and David Skinner, far right. Above, Cordaijah McBride returns a volley while Quin’Daijah Hamilton looks on. At left, the Lady Bears pose with their Area 3-AAAA Championship trophy. They are coached by Jamika Harvey, far left, and David Skinner, far right. The volleyball team has some hardware of its own.

Burke County High School’s volleyball team claimed its first ever volleyball championship last Saturday when it won the Area 3-AAAA title and a number one seed going into the state tournament.

They defeated Liberty County (25-0, 25-16) in the first round of the tournament and then knocked down Windsor Forest (25-20,25-20, 25-17) in the championship game. Head Coach David Skinner called it a storybook ending to their regular season, which marked a complete turnaround for the program.

Before this season, the Lady Bears had never placed at region or earned a spot on the state bracket.

Last season, they finished 3-22. Their turnaround has them at 11-3 so far this season.

“They’ve had to overcome many obstacles this year,” Coach Skinner said. “But, they continued to work hard and trust each other, while going through the growing pains and process of becoming a team. To me, the success of this year’s team is not only measured in the number of wins we accumulated this season, but by the way in which this team has grown and accepted our most important philosophy of being a family first.”

The Lady Bears celebrated senior night at their final regular season home match last Friday and made the occasion even sweeter with a win over Glenn Hills.

Before the match, they honored seniors Qua’meshia Heath, Megan Tate and Savannah Tate. Heath played volleyball for Burke County all four years of high school, capping it off with a season for the school record books.


Seniors Savannah Tate, Qua’meshia Heath and Megan Tate were honored before last Friday's games. Seniors Savannah Tate, Qua’meshia Heath and Megan Tate were honored before last Friday's games. The Tate twins moved to Burke County just this year from Wyoming and finished out their high school career helping the team make history.

“Our mission was to make the volleyball program at Burke County High relevant to our school, community and every opponent that we faced,” Coach Skinner said. “Though there is still work to be done, I believe that we’ve made tremendous strides towards changing the perception of the volleyball program at Burke County High School.”

The Lady Bears will host Round 1 of the Georgia Class AAAA State Play-offs on Wednesday, Oct. 14, when they will face the number four team from Area 7.

Game time has not been determined. All volleyball matches are played at Burke County Middle School.

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