Perspectives Athletics V5I3, Middle School Spring Roundup

By Barry Temkin

The Perspectives Middle Academy coed softball team got hot when it counted to finish its season with a 3-3 record and the championship of the Perspectives network league.

“The highlight was our players coming together and supporting each other to ultimately win the league championship,” head coach Ron McBride said. “We started the season off a bit rocky but came on strong the second half.

“They played hard and never gave up. “

PMA’s top performers included 7th-grader Laterreon, Miles, 8th-grader Marion Finches and 6th-grader Aaron Pierce.

Perspectives MSA made PMA earn its network title, losing by just one run in the championship game after loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the final inning.

“The players worked hard, took the game seriously and were committed to winning,” head coach Michael Reid said about his 2-2 team.

Top contributors included 8th-graders Xavier Riley, Yakeme Sheppard and Marcus Fobbs.

The highlight of Perspectives Joslin’s season was same-day victories against PMA and MSA, which head coach Emmanuel Tillman said gave his players “momentum and confidence going into the playoffs.”

Marlon Young, an 8th-grader, and 7th-grader Raniyah Roberts helped lead the way for Joslin, which finished with a 2-3 record.

Success bred success for the Perspectives Middle Academy boys and girls track teams this season. The result was a strong performance in the city championships, with several athletes reaching the finals.

Leading the way were 6th-grader Rakiya Lawrence, who won the 100-meter dash, and 8th-grader Sherman Williams, who placed second in the boys 100.

“The season highlight was watching our team compete at a high level for the entire season,” said head coach Chasity Wilson, whose other top runners were 8th-graders Raheem Byfield, Aaron Philips and Kareem Pollard and 7th-grader Kayla Mayden. “Once they experienced some successes on the field, that drove them to work that much harder in practice.

“I had a group of hard-working, competitive athletes, and I’m very proud of them.”

Antonio Spearman, an 8th-grader, and 6th-graders Ashli Childs and Shakirah Muhammad helped lead the way for head coach Heather Ksiazek’s Perspectives MSA middle school boys and girls track teams.

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