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March 1, 2013

Area softball teams hope fall success leads to wins in spring

GLENCOE, Okla. — In the fall, the Glencoe Lady Panthers qualified for the fast-pitch softball regionals for the first time in more than a decade. Now, Glencoe is hoping for the same success in the spring slow-pitch softball season.

“We had our first practice and the girls were gun-ho,” coach Tabitha Wright said.

All of the Lady Panthers that played in the fall, will compete in the spring. Wright said the girls have set high goals.

“They want to continue to have a winning record,” Wright said. “They want to continue team unity and make it to the state tournament.”

Glencoe hasn’t made state since 1998.

The Morrison Lady Wildcats have been one of the most dominating spring softball teams in the area. This season, they are looking for a return to the state tournament.

“We have 13 of 18 kids returning,” coach Cory Bales said. “We have another shot of going to the state tournament.”

The Coyle Lady Bluejackets are looking to continue their development under coach Caylin Coxey. The fall season was Coxey’s first but Coxey said she’s excited about the spring.

“This season is very valuable to us,” Coxey said. “We can fine tune a couple things. We’ve had a lot of improvement and hopefully we will be a completely different teams.”

The spring is special for Coyle because it will get to play on its new field for the first time, starting with Ripley on March 25.

“It’s exciting,” Coxey said. “Our gym is being close to being complete. It’s a big change for us.”

The Frontier Lady Mustangs are looking to prepare for the fall with several young players.

“All of my seniors decided to do track,” coach Erron Kauk said. “It’s going to be a learning process.”

Kauk said they are going to take advantage of having an extra season.

“We want to fine-tune some things but we are going to be competitive,” Kauk said. “This is our first slow-pitch season in the last seven years. I’m excited about getting it going.”

The Agra Lady Bearcats look to improve from their fall season that ended in the district tournament.

“We’re going to be very young,” coach Jon Peveler said. “We want to go out and do the best we can. We want to improve like we did in the fall.”

Seniors Hannah Thompson and Brittney Carter should be the leaders on the team.

The Mulhall-Orlando Lady Panthers are looking to continue to develop their softball program in the spring. The Lady Panthers are entering their second season of slow-pitch and won four games in the fall.

“We’re looking at this season for skill building,” coach Melanie Day said. “Seeing the ball has been a challenge for us. It will be easier for us in the spring.”

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