Sprayberry field now official
by Carlton D. White
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February 15, 2013 12:51 AM | 4427 views | 7 7 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the installation of a new scoreboard comes the official naming of Sprayberry’s baseball field after longtime former coach Terry Cadenhead.
<BR>Staff photo by Laura Moon
With the installation of a new scoreboard comes the official naming of Sprayberry’s baseball field after longtime former coach Terry Cadenhead.
Staff photo by Laura Moon
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For the past several years, Sprayberry’s baseball team has been playing on a field named after one of its most successful coaches.

Terry Cadenhead was a teacher at Sprayberry for 29 years and helmed the Yellow Jackets’ baseball team for 27. He posted a 577-305 record from 1972-2005 — including a state championship in 1995 — and became the winningest coach in Sprayberry baseball history.

So, after several seasons of playing at the unofficial Cadenhead Field, Sprayberry’s administration decided to make it official and will name the baseball stadium after Cadenhead on Tuesday, prior to the start of the Yellow Jackets’ season opener against east Cobb rival Walton.

Cadenhead, who moved to his native Florida after leaving Sprayberry, will be present to throw out the first pitch.

“Coach (Cadenhead) has such a long and storied history at Sprayberry that putting his name on the field was an easy decision,” said Sprayberry’s current coach, Phil Henderson. “I mean, his longevity was just incredible. He was here for 30 years. He’s a Georgia Hall of Fame coach, and I think he brought respect and tradition to Sprayberry baseball. This needed to be done.”

Cadenhead was named the state’s coach of the year four times by the Georgia Athletic Coaches’ Association, and he was a six-time Marietta Daily Journal Coach of the Year. He won four region championships and guided the Yellow Jackets to state runner-up finishes in 1993 and ’98.

Though Sprayberry has long called Cadenhead Field its home, there were no signs or markings signifying the name. When the school decided to install a new scoreboard for this season, Henderson and the Sprayberry administration thought it would be a good time to add Cadenhead’s name and officially dedicate the field in his honor.

Framing the top of the new scoreboard is “Cadenhead Field,” with “Home of the Yellow Jackets” below.

“With the new scoreboard, we thought this would be the right time,” Henderson said. “What he’s meant to the program — I think he deserves to be up there. That’s why I wanted it prominently displayed.”

Cadenhead coached several players who went on to have professional careers — including David Webb, Greg Brown, Mike Hostetler, Andy Bruce, Johnny Mitchell, Kris Benson, Seth Lafera, Marlon Byrd, Brannon Whatley, Rick Elder and Jeff Kindel — and past alumni will be on for Tuesday’s pre-game ceremony

“Lots of people have inquired about the ceremony, but I don’t know who’s coming,” Henderson said. “As long as the weather cooperates, I think it will be a good night.”
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David Webb
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February 18, 2013
That noise you hear is not the noise of a bat hitting a ball, it is the noise of man (Coach Cadenhead) teaching kids 15-18 years of age how be better baseball players because that is what the kid wants, TO BE BETTER!! It is also the sound of a Coach teaching kids how to grow up and be responsible adults. Baseball is just a game that last for a couple of hours a day, but the time Coach Cadenhead and other Coaches put into coaching High School kids goes alot farther than a couple of hours a day. I am not sure what you participated in in High School, but I am sure you were not under the radar as far as noise. I for one am SORRY You feel the way you do!!
lindsey_kirk
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February 15, 2013
He was at Sprayberry from 1976 - 2005, not 1972 - 2005... Just as an FYI. He was only 20 & still in college in 1972.
Noise & Baseballs
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February 15, 2013
I know people who bought homes behind baseball field before it was a baseball field - then when they built the field, the noise came...and so did the baseballs.

Why don't you erect a wall for noise barrier and prevent baseballs from flying into yards?

Did you know schools are exempt from noise codes?

Promises made - promises broken!
Ryan S.
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February 18, 2013
You bought a house next to a school. A High School at that and you expected it to be quiet? Quit complaining or move.
anonymous
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February 18, 2013
Are you kidding!!! No one twisted your arm to buy the home next to a high school. What did your high school do for baseball? What a joke of a comment by you!!
David McDonald
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February 15, 2013
High School baseball in the spring, played on Cadenhead Field, well desrved honor. Under Coach Cadenhead the Yellow Jackets played hard and with class, thanks to Sprayberry and Phil Henderson for honoring Coach Terry Cadenhead.
rkgNqu pure
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February 16, 2013
Great that this was the current administration’s idea! Great that coach Cadenhead did not have the sign erected, commemorating himself, while he was still coaching at the school like others did.
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