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Harlem softball success has been a group effort

Prep grad stilla two-sport star

Posted: October 23, 2011 - 1:09am  |  Updated: October 23, 2011 - 1:22am

There are many times when a head coach gets too much credit, and alternately too much blame, for a team’s fate.

The reality is that so much goes into a program’s success, or lack thereof, that it’s not fair to pin everything on one person.

I recently wrote two stories about Harlem’s softball programs: one about the success of the middle school and junior varsity teams, and another about varsity head coach Mike Leverett.

Leverett has done a tremendous job resurrecting the program and making it into a perennial winner. But there are others who have been vital to the success.

What I neglected to include in those stories is information about two coaches, Kim Chambers and Nachole Lewis, who deserve plenty of credit for the work they’ve done.

Chambers, better known for his role as the boys basketball coach, has worked with Leverett for six years and has been an influential part of the softball program. He’s worked with both the varsity and junior varsity teams. He also drives the bus for both teams to away contests.

Last year, Lewis joined the high school staff as the junior varsity coach. She continued this season, as Chambers and Lewis headed up the JV coaching staff.

Lewis also keeps the scorebook in the dugout for the varsity team.

In my haste to honor Leverett for his 100 wins as Harlem’s head coach, I left a couple of influential coaches out of the mix.

Here’s to the work they’ve done.

 

Prep grad still
a two-sport star

Oftentimes, student-athletes will star in multiple sports at the high school level.

However, those athletes rarely play multiple sports in college. Those who are good enough to play in college typically choose their best sport and focus on it.

Laura Kopald has bucked that trend.

While at Augusta Prep, Kopald led the Cavaliers’ volleyball and basketball teams to plenty of success.

Now a redshirt senior at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., she continues to compete in both sports.

The 5-foot-10 Kopald is getting set for her redshirt senior season for the school’s basketball team. She plays guard and forward for the Quakers.

On the volleyball court, Kopald leads the team with 182 kills in 22 matches. She also ranks second on the team with 29 service aces.

The team has an 8-14 record and is 3-5 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference play.

For her efforts, the Aiken native recently earned the Guilford College Student-Athlete of the Week Award.

It came after she helped the Quakers to three consecutive wins while totaling 31 kills.

 

Thompson honored

Newberry College midfielder/forward Luis Thompson has been named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2010-11 school year.

You might remember Thompson as a standout on the Greenbrier High School soccer squad.

Student-athletes were required to have at least a 3.3 GPA to be named to the list.

While it’s nice to see Columbia County athletes go off and play well in college, it’s great to see them go off and represent themselves well in the classroom.

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