"Dream it, believe it, achieve it" was the slogan at the beginning of the Phoenix softball season with a long term goal of heading to the final four championships for the NEAC. The softball has dreamed it, believed it and now have achieved it. On Friday, April 30, the softball team will be playing Keuka College for a top seat in the conference. The team, however, would not be heading to Keuka, New York without the recognition of their accomplishments over the season.
The challenges of becoming a team
The season started with a brand new team with only three returners. With junior leaders and a strong athletic coaching staff, the team came together just as softball players in the beginning. The coach Brett Cline says, "This is Wilson Softball's best season and team. Everyone works hard to be team center. The players have each others back. With 10 new players this season, everyone came together fast!" Yet as the season comes to an end, many of the softball players on the team can say they have created strong bonds with each other and do not want the season to end.
The "true" adversaries
There were two other adversaries the team has overcome in order to play in the out of state championships: weather and injuries were critical during the season. Several critical players were injured playing games during mid-season. Hurt knees and jammed ankles as well as pulled muscles had an affect on how the team has come together to support each other. The weather during the past two months has been troublesome to the team. Winds, cold temperatures and games with hail have only been an obstacle in their journey to championships. "With the weather and injuries, we overcome challenges many times. The team is focused on each other," says Coach Cline.
"Kick butt and to have fun doing it"
The end of the season is drawing to a close and the accomplishments that the team achieved this year is numerous. Several of the players were NEAC athletes of the week. The team won the most NEAC conference games, eleven, since entering into the conference three years ago. They are going to the NEAC championships for the second year in a row. But the most important accomplishment they had this season is their close relationships on a strong Wilson team. Freshman Tara Fields thinks that "our biggest accomplishment this season is making it to the final four through all the adversity of the season.Their team motto is to, "kick butt and to have fun doing it."
The NEAC championships have the softball team ready and with yet more goals to accomplish; to win, to not end their season, to bring home a trophy, and to have fun.