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  • Spring sports preview
    • Softball
    • Girls Soccer
    • Track and Field
    • Boys Golf
    • Swim and Dive
    • Baseball
    • Tennis

Spring sports preview

March 13, 2017

Softball

With the loss of ten seniors from last year, the team is prepared to be successful again even with the loss of depth in the lineup.

“Our team is going to be very different this year, and I hope that we embrace that and use that to our advantage,” senior team captain Jasper Hawkins said.

The team’s first game is on March 30 against Olathe North at Free State.

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Girls Soccer

Klaire Sarver
Junior Kate Odgers improves her ball handling during practice. Odgers has been playing soccer for ten years. ” The season will go really well and so far the team has clicked really well,” Odgers said.

The team returns with all but the four starters from last year’s team.

“[I hope that] every single one of my players can get so much better at understanding the game and playing it really well,” Coach Kelly Barah said.

The team’s first game is against Shawnee Heights.

 

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Track and Field

With high hopes for the season, Coach Jordan Rose believes the team has potential to do well this season.

“Our goal is to try to qualify our teams for state and to get up there in those top spots,” Rose said.

The team starts off its season with a dual against Lawrence High School on March 28.

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Golf

Returning five out of six starters, the team looks to perform well this season.

“I am hoping we make it to state this year and place top-three; that would be ideal,” said Jack Junge, senior team captain.

The team’s first tournament will take place at Deer Creek on March 29.

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Girls Swim and Dive

Following a second place finish at the state tournament last year, the team looks to have another reputable season.

“We are getting some really good freshmen and our upperclassmen continue to improve,” Junior Lydia Zicker said.

The first meet is at Emporia on March 18.

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Baseball

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Senior Nate Stathman winds up for the pitch. The Firebirds finished 19-4 last year.

Senior Nate Stathman winds up for the pitch. The Firebirds finished 19-4 last year.

Klaire Sarver

Klaire Sarver

Senior Nate Stathman winds up for the pitch. The Firebirds finished 19-4 last year.

After a second-place finish at the state tournament last year, the team looks to have another impactful season.

“[We are going to] do everything we can to try to win a state championship,” Senior team captain Jarod Bennett said.

The first game will take place on March 17 versus Warrensburg.

 

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Tennis

The team has high hopes for the season following an eighth-place finish at the state tournament last year. The team’s first meet is on April 1 at Emporia.

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