BY CLAYTON HOLBROOK —
Girls focus on team bonding, unity with diverse group of players
Shorewood High School is bringing a new look to the girls softball team this spring.
With the addition of a new varsity head coach, Amy Keel, who previously coached Homestead High School’s JV team, the team hopes to have its first winning season in a number of years.
Keel is very optimistic about the season and the bonding that happens on and off the field.
“I think softball teaches you to work as a team together. In order to win, you have to play together as a team,” Keel said. “They can use that going forward in their own lives whether that’s the work place or school.”
Keel stresses how important it is for the team to display teamwork on and off the field.
“I think it can [form a bond]. We have freshman and sophomores playing on varsity, along with our JV and varsity practicing together every day, which lets the senior girls teach the younger girls,” Keel said.
Justine Spore, senior, felt the same way about the importance of working as a team.
“You can’t have a one-person team in softball,” Spore said. “It’s very team oriented. It forces you to work with other people; people you might not be the best of friends with, but it’s a team sport.”
Grace Reckmeyer, senior, shared her thoughts on what it takes to be on the softball team.
“Every year is a little bit of a re-building year, and it takes a lot of mental toughness to get through the entire season,” Reckmeyer said.
The spring season is usually wet.
“It’s a tougher sport to stay committed to because it’s a lot of reps, a lot of changing weather, a lot of games,” Reckmeyer said.
Celeste Carroll, senior, said many positive things about the team bonding and how it is not hard to have a good time.
“We have pasta dinners and we have an overnight tournament that deals a lot with team bonding,” Carroll said. “It’s a very approachable sport, because a lot of the aspects of it are having a good attitude, having fun and working hard.”
Carroll also had some thoughts as to the teamwork involved in the sport and how that can translate into the girl’s lives.
“That sense of teamwork allows people to bond in ways they might not in other places in school,” Carroll said.
The softball team is rebuilt with a new coach, a winning attitude, a fresh perspective on teamwork and is ready for some action on the diamond.