Written by 9th Grader Brent Miller
This year Lyons-Decatur Northeast made the decision to co-op with two other surrounding schools, Wisner and Bancroft, to add Softball to the list of school sports offered to students. Many of the girls on the team play summer ball and love the sport enough to play during the school year. The coaches were able to field a team of twenty-three girls that are going to play softball during the 2012 fall ball season. A Varsity and Junior Varsity team will be played.
The softball team has practice every day during the school week when they aren't actually playing a game. Conditioning started on the thirtieth of July which prepared these players to play some softball. Luckily the season has been known for being fast and furious, so they will get plenty of games to play. They play about three games a week and have a tournament on the weekends. It's a good thing these girls love the sport, are all friends, and love playing ball together.
As a player says, “soft ball is more than a sport, it is more like a way of life." The players on the team have a passion for softball, and the coaches have a passion for making the sport even more fun. The head coach of the Wisner- Bancroft-Lyons Decatur Northeast Softball team is Karrie Bodwell. There are two assistant coaches, Joan Plagge and Rhonda Ras. These coaches make the girls feel like they are all one big family, and make the game more fun than it already is.
Heidi Miller is the only player representing LDNE in this new sport this year. She plays on the Oakland-Lyons Rockets summer team which won the class C state tournament. She has always loved softball and has always wanted to play it as a school sport. She says that the team's three coaches make it fun and that the team is fun to be with. She recommends that everyone who loves softball should take the opportunity to be in this new school sport next year.
This new school sport is something that sounds fun, is said to be fun, and is a great way to make new friends and meet new people. The team may sound big, but everyone gets to play. You may put in a lot of time, but the experience you get out of it is worth more. Besides, the fun coaches make you want to be there. This is Softball.