Fifty-two years of combined softball playing experience is about to leave the field and graduate with this years senior class. The girls dedication to the team is fierce, most of them have been with the program since freshman year.
“Anytime you have seniors leaving, the team is always affected. Usually your seniors are the more experienced players, a lot of the time they are your better players,” Head Softball Varsity coach Hamilton said. “You’re usually playing them more often in most cases. So, when your most experienced players are leaving, that leaves a hole.”
Jean Cothrun, Mya Davis, Brittany Hertneky, and Tabitha Shupe made the varsity team their freshman year in 2014 and won a State championship. They have stayed with the program on varsity ever since.
“My favorite memory is winning State because the crowd was so crazy,” Cothrun said. “You couldn’t even think. All you could hear was our student section being really loud. It was the best thing I have ever experienced.”
Post graduation, Davis will continue to play softball for Grinnell College in Iowa. Cothrun will also be playing softball after graduation for Mesa Community College.
“I’m excited about the new experiences,” Davis said. “I’m going to get to travel the whole country to play, so I’m excited for that.”
Alyssa Honneywell has been in the program for three years and playing softball for 12 years. Salena Solis is new to the to the program and school; post graduation she plans on continuing softball in college.
“I played at Highland my freshman year,” Honneywell said. “Then I transferred over here and started my sophomore year.”
With six seniors leaving the program, the softball program looks forward to the next generation of softball players. For more information, see coach Hamilton in room 321.
(Featured Image by Ms. Saquella)