Airport’s quest to win another Region 5-3A championship will be challenged by two significant factors.
First, the Eagles will be without four key senior starters. Second, the new-look Region 5 lineup now includes the always-powerful Chapin Eagles. Chapin is ranked No. 2 in the Class 3A preseason rankings by scmat.com, while Airport stands at No. 17.
“It’s going to be a big challenge to repeat the success we’ve had the last two seasons,” said coach Ray Grigsby, whose team went 17-7 in dual matches last season and is 152-65 in 11 seasons at the Eagles helm.
Returning starters Cameron Miller, Brandon Turner, Jimmy Barker, Adam Welch, Ross Quigly, Antoine Kelly and Steven Skrocki are the foundation of the team. Miller and Kelly are defending region champions, and Kelly also made the state individual cut.
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Sophomore Trevor Sadness and Charlie Kelly are potential impact newcomers at 215 and 275 pounds, respectively.