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2022 Look Back: Thorsby High School

Central Al Scoreboard

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos Courtesy – Marvin Gentry

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – An offseason coaching change saw the Thorsby High Rebels start the season with a new skipper on the bucket. Holly Matson was handed the Rebels marching orders and guided them to a first-time trip to scenic Choccolocco Park in Oxford. Thorsby finished the year 24-9 but within those 24 wins are many more accomplishments. Thorsby finished second in the Chilton County Tournament behind the champion 6A Tigers. They ran the table in the area and then again in the area tournament to secure a top-seed heading into regional.

In the regional tournament, the Rebels made short-work of whatever team lined up across from them. Thorsby – in three games – dispatched Horseshoe Bend, Luverne and Randolph County to punch their ticket to historic and scenic Oxford and a chance at a Blue Map.

Thorsby’s McKinley Turner pitches during the AHSAA 2A softball playoffs at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Ala., Friday, May 20, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | preps@al.com)

Matson: “We had a very memorable and enjoyable season. Our girls worked extremely had day by day and week by week; and all season we worked on keeping positive energy and positive attitudes to help move us forward in the right direction.”

Thorsby adopted the team motto: “Be better together than we were yesterday.”

The problem with making it into the state tournament is there are seven teams just as or even more competitive, a lesson the Rebels learned on day one, dropping a 6-3 decision to G.W. Long dropping them to the knockout bracket. The fight – from that point – intensified as the Rebels knocked off Spring Garden and Hatton in successive outings to advance to the next day. Unfortunately that’s where the Rebel march ended as G.W. Long ended the Thorsby march, sending them back to Chilton County.

Matson: “Our girls had a great season, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to work with. I’m so proud of these girls.”

While the focus may shift to 2023, Matson wanted to pause and recognize the efforts of sophomore pitcher Makinley Turner: “She carried our team on the mound and throughout the season as well as having the number of RBIs for the team. She’s a great asset and we would not have had such a successful season without her.”

The challenge for Matson and the Rebels comes in the offseason as they prepare for a new season with new faces moving into Class 2A.

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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