Off-season preparation for district play has been in

full swing since the start of the fall semester. 

With no seniors this year, the team is full of young

talent, ambition and sky-high standards. 

For most of the girls, “it’s a way of life,” junior

Brooke Goad said.

These girls love the game and love to succeed in both

the goals set by the coaches and by themselves. 

“The [team’s] goal is state,” freshman Anna Wilhoite

said. “My personal goal is to work on hitting. It’s a lot of work,

but softball gets my mind off things. It’s something I’ve always

loved doing.”

According to the coaches and players, the pool of

athletes is very experienced and talented. 

Some are just now being introduced to the game and

others, like Goad, who has been playing ball since she was nine

years old.

“Once we get everybody healthy and in the right spot,

we’ll be set,” head coach Steve Howell said.

The team’s spring season is coming up fast, with

practice, raw talent and a redesigned stadium at hand, this lineup

could be unstoppable. 

But be on the lookout. According to Howell, this

season’s biggest threats are Mesquite Poteet, Corsicana, Ennis and

Red Oak. 

The team will get its first taste of game action Jan.

31 in a scrimmage at Duncanville at 6:30 p.m.

The home opener is  at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 versus

Joshua.