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Softball girls eager to start new season

Courtesy of Coach Karl Mason

Courtesy of Coach Karl Mason

The Varsity Softball Team posing for a powerful picture right before a game. Each and every girl having a fire in their eyes, and a need for glory.

Nick Delrio, Staff Writer

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Blood, sweat, and tears are the three things that make a high school girl, turn into a softball player.
“Our team is more than ready to compete against the other schools.” said softball coach Jerry Murry.

But How will the girls play this year, is a question often heard around campus.

“An aggressive play-style will be in use, the girls know that in order to play a starting position, they must earn the spot by demonstrating their skill at practice.” Said Murry.

Even with competition within the team, the players actually grow closer together.

“We aren’t just a team, and we’re not just best friends, We are sisters, a family, We have a bond that can’t be broken.” Said junior softball player Payton Hiday. Last year the girls went on a play-off run mak-ing a name for themselves on the softball field, gaining and losing valuable players.

“Last year we lost one senior, this year we have a returning junior players who went to districts, a couple sophomore players and a handful of new experienced freshman. Even though they are talented there is still room for improvement.” Said Murry.

Coach Murry isn’t the only one who had noticed the freshman’s efforts.

“They have a lot of potential and are bound to be twice as good by the end of the season.” Said Hiday.
The Returning district entry team was questioned about a new set of goals they may have.

“We have a totally different mindset of new and improved goals. Making it back to districts, then exceed past that making it to states and becoming state champi¬ons.” Said Hiday.

Having similar goals to coach but with one bigger vision, Murry believes in his girls too much to let the lights shut off at states. In previous seasons Murry has had just that very thing happen to him, not at states.

However at regionals when his team went into the final round in 2007.

“I’ve been coaching at our school for 10 years. Five of which I was the assistant coach, but now I’ve been coach for the second half of the year.” Said Murry.
Through all of his years of coaching, Murry has become more experienced though them.

“In my year, our team has achieved the title of district champions on four occasions. In 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2014.” Said Murry.

With his numerous visits to the road of victory, leading to states.

“I believe we have a pretty good chance to make it all the way to regionals, taking that we won the title of state champions and districts.” Said Murry.

With all the excitement of champion¬ship talk, means only one thing, that stu¬dents are to expect nothing but the best from their fellow classmates and friends on the softball team.

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