E.A. Sports Today

White Plains change

Tyree to take baseball team for remainder of season after Henderson was cited in an incident Saturday night

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Chandler Tyree will take over as the head baseball coach at White Plains High School for the remainder of the year, effective immediately, White Plains principal Andy Ward confirmed today.

Tyree, the Wildcats’ head football coach, and assistant coach Clay Sprayberry represented the team at Sunday’s county tournament seeding meeting after head coach Wes Henderson was cited for two fineable offenses in Anniston following an incident Saturday night.

“He’s not going to be the baseball coach for the remainder of the year,” Ward said of Henderson. “We’ve already talked to Coach Tyree. We’ll revisit it at the end of the year to see what happens from here on out.”

Henderson remains a teacher in the school system. He had no comment Monday.

Tyree is expected to address the team after school today. He was the head baseball coach for three years at Munford before coming to White Plains to become head football coach.

“There are still the same expectations,” Tyree said. “We expect our kids to play hard and do things the right way. We’re going to do everything in our power moving forward as a baseball program.”

Tyree’s debut as the Wildcats’ head coach is likely to take place Thursday at Cleburne County. The school already has postponed its scheduled game today because of the weather and field conditions and likely will do the same for Tuesday.

Hours before the incident Henderson guided the Wildcats to their first victory of the season, 10-4 over Childersburg. The team is 1-3 and just getting back its players who helped the basketball team reach the Northeast Regional finals.

The Wildcats were installed as the No. 8 seed in the Calhoun County Tournament and will play ninth-seeded Faith Christian in their tournament opener Saturday at 10 a.m.

“The students and athletes are at the forefront of our thoughts and we want the best for them,” Ward said. “We’ll try to hold them together as a team. Some of them have been together five years playing and we want to give them every opportunity for success. That’s my No. 1 goal, to give them an opportunity to be successful.”

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