Varsity Softball Gets Back To Business
March 21, 2017 By:Hunter Watson
(published by the 2017 March McNary Piper, written by Alayna Grier)
The season has yet to start for the McNary Varsity softball team, but they are already planning to have a dominating year. The girls have already had multiple meetings to set out their goals and wants for the upcoming season. Kevin Wise, the varsity softball coach, has a set plan on how he wants his team to carry themselves this year. “We’re going to just focus one day at a time and take it game by game,” Wise said. After coming up short last year, Wise has very high expectations for his team this time around and plans to take the season very serious.
“We’re going to be focused and hardworking this year,” Wise explained. “There is going to be very strict rules regarding what we want from the season and how we present ourselves such as wearing celtic gear, not goofing off in practice, and being on time.” Not only is Wise preparing for the season, but the girls themselves have many things they are excited for this year. Haley Ebner, a Junior at McNary, is ready for her third year of Varsity softball. “I’m really excited for the season because we have a couple incoming freshman that I think will make us better,” Ebner said. “We also have a really good outfield and are going to be a competitive team this year.” Even with a shoulder injury, Ebner continues to be positive and lead her team into the new season as team captain.
Nadia Witt, Junior at McNary High School, is more than ready for the season. “I’m honestly just excited to play and get back on the field,” Witt said. “I think this year is going to be really fun and I’m also excited for all the girls coming back from last year as well as for all the incoming freshman.” Witt is hopeful for a successful season and doesn’t have many worries. “I think overall we should be pretty good. My only concern would probably be getting to know and becoming comfortable with each other at the start of the season.” Although Witt is excited for the season, she knows there are many goals the team hopes to accomplish and she knows the year will be full of hard work. “I think as an upperclassman, I not only need to hold the younger class accountable but myself as well,” Witt explained. “By the looks of it we have the potential to have a pretty good team this year so we just need to keep ourselves in check and keep our heads.”
Not only are the girls excited about their upcoming season, but they’re also excited about their new dugouts. Originally planned to be finished last year, the dugouts for the team have finally started production. Many of the girls are unclear of why the dugouts took as long as they did but are ready to see how they turn out regardless of the time they took. The girls are excited to play friendly rivals, West Salem, during the season and Ebner expects to have “one heck of a season.”