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It was a rough winter sports season for the Madison-Plains High School athletic department.

Director of athletics Matt Mason was at the helm of the Golden Eagles program when a whole series of unfortunate events occurred, putting a damper on the season as a whole.

It started with the unexpected death of boys basketball coach Jeff Spradlin just before the season started. The tough times continued as a whooping cough outbreak halted school for a week, putting the sports teams in limbo. There were the double figure number of days school was lost thanks to an usually harsh winter and a suspension of a large chunk of boys basketball players for an incident that took place in the visitors locker room at Whitehall High School.

On the court, the boys basketball team struggled to a disappointing 2-19 season, but despite all of the issues, Mason saw plenty of good things in and around the community as a groundswell of support came in the form of monetary donations to the school’s athletic budget.

“The Madison-Plains Athletic Department would like to thank everyone who made donations in memory of Coach Denny Morris and Coach Jeff Spradlin,” Mason said. “These men dedicated their lives to the student athletes of Madison-Plains. For this, we will forever be grateful and will do our best to keep their legacy alive.”

The donations were used in various ways by the athletic department at Madison-Plains High School and Mason said he will try his best to make sure his student athletes continue to work toward their goals and represent the school in the way Spradlin would have liked.

“It is our goal to work hard everyday to build on the excellent foundation they left us,” Mason said of Spradlin and former coach Morris. “These funds were used to help our student athletes in a variety of ways, from team meals to equipment. We’d like to say thanks again to everyone and please continue to keep their families and our students athletes in your prayers.”

The winter sports season wasn’t an entire disappointment, the Golden Eagles girls basketball squad posted a respectable 10-11 record this year. The school’s 220-pound wrestler Jake Datz, a senior, placed fourth in the OHSAA Division III state wrestling championship and freshman Emma Sampson placed 12th in the 200-yard Individual Medley and 18th in the 100 Backstroke at the OHSAA swimming championships.

Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.

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