Our schools have come under lots of scrutiny in the last few months, what with low test scores, proposals regarding controversial school board changes, and changes in leadership at both the public and private schools, to name a few.

Nevertheless, to realize that some things are done exceptionally well, just look at the past few days.

The Lakeside School won the Alabama Independent School Class AA state baseball championship on Tuesday... and in dominating fashion. Its pitchers – Jayce James and Taylor Gover – allowed one earned run in 17 innings of work. Gover picked up both wins and was named the tourney MVP.

The Chiefs celebrated on campus on Wednesday, a day after stifling Autauga Academy at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium. The support from the small school at Montgomery was outstanding, and the talk around town of what the Chiefs accomplished will not die down anytime soon. The school has a new headmaster in place, now it just needs to find a new football coach.

Move west down the road just a few hundred yards to Eufaula High School and jump to Thursday morning. One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while took place in the Indoor Practice Facility, you know, the place where we usually take athletic signing pictures when Tigers aren’t working out and/or lifting weights.

This time the facility was used for another signing, yet it was for a pair of Eufaula High students that have passed the school’s Alabama Fire College’s Volunteer Firefighter course and have signed to go to work with the Eufaula Fire department upon graduation.

Thomas Dollar and James Lucas were the featured guests and were joined by friends, family, and officials from Eufaula City Schools as well as the City of Eufaula. What a special moment!

The Eufaula Football Coaches Luncheon will have a special spring get-together Wednesday, May 15, at noon at River City Grill. Ed Rigby, the school’s head football coach/athletic director entering his second season with the Class 6A Tigers, as well as first-year Eufaula City Schools Superintendent Joey Brannan and first-year EHS Principal Sean Clark will be on hand. The buffet-style lunch is $10 and there will be door prizes as usual.

Incidentally, the Tigers face defending undefeated and Class 7A champion Central-Phenix City in its spring game at Garrett-Harrison Stadium on Thursday, May 16, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. (CST).

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