Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

July 9, 2013

Patterson focuses on building Lady Cards team

WOODLAWN —

Matt Patterson already coaches multiple teams at Woodlawn.

He recently added to the list.

I didn't think there was any better opportunity then staying in your hometown and trying to help get that program going again,” Patterson said. “

Patterson is the new coach of the Woodlawn girls basketball team. The squad is currently in the midst of several weeks of open gyms, which continue until July 18.

Summers are huge in high school basketball anymore,” Patterson said. “You're just trying to keep up with the Jones with the way some of these programs run in the summer. Really all we're trying to do is get some interest and get our numbers up first and foremost.”

The last couple seasons Woodlawn has struggled to build a junior varsity squad to pair with its varsity team. Two years ago, the Lady Cardinals finished with six players on the varsity roster. Last season, Woodlawn started the year with a junior varsity team, but ended the season with just the varsity squad. Patterson said there have been 10-12 girls on average at the open gym workouts.

That a good start, obviously, and then we're hoping we can pick up a few more once school gets going and get the word out,” he said. “(That is) pretty good numbers so far.”

Patterson added that Woodlawn is not investigating any co-op options that would combine the Lady Cardinals with another school.

We're hoping that we can get our numbers back up to where that's no longer an issue,” he said. “That's the biggest job right now is making sure we have enough kids for JV and varsity games.”

The new coach said one of the keys is building from the youth programs and junior high school that feed into the high school.

Text Only
Sports
  • Cardinals beat Reds on bases-loaded HBP

    Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the St.Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

    August 19, 2014

  • Benton edges Rams

    The Rams golf team took to the course for its second golf match in as many days Tuesday afternoon.

    Benton edged the Rams by a stroke at Green Hills Golf Course – 173 to 174.

    August 19, 2014

  • Cardinals beat Reds in 10 innings

    Jhonny Peralta's 10th-inning single, his third hit of the game, drove in the winning run to give the St.Louis Cardinals a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

    August 18, 2014

  • South 7 Preview Rams place third at Preview

    Golfers around the state have been practicing for less than a week. Monday, five South Seven teams competed in the conference preview match at Green Hills Golf Course.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lynn, Cardinals beat Padres for 3rd straight win

    Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings and the StLouis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Padres 4-2 Friday night for their third straight win.

    August 15, 2014

  • Hines Sight: Rams have reason for optimism

    The other day I picked up a piece of paper and scanned it up and down.

    The piece of paper was Mt. Vernon's football playoff roster from the last season.

    August 12, 2014

  • MTV first practice Rams return

    Gray and orange clad Rams football players sprinted around the team's practice field Monday afternoon.

    It's something that's been happening intermittently for several weeks throughout the summer.

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hines Sight: Seahawks won't repeat

    I'm going to leap out on a limb and say the Seattle Seahawks won't win a second consecutive Super Bowl title this season.

    August 8, 2014

  • Cardinals use Wainwright to beat Red Sox 5-2

    Adam Wainwright recovered from a shaky start to earn his 14th win, tying for the major league lead, and rookie Kolten Wong homered twice to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

    August 7, 2014

  • Trapshooters claim national title

    Coach Dave Schaefer calls it the Super Bowl of trapshooting.

    Around 1,600 participants gathered in Sparta for the AIM Grand Championships earlier this week. Waltonville Trapshooting was among the teams competing, and claimed the Junior Class D National team title. The event involves teams from a variety of states and provided the year-old trapshooting program with a memorable moment.

    August 7, 2014

Tom Lindley Sports