Sports Spring Sports — 29 March 2013
Sports:  Spring sports in middle of season

The spring sports season is upon Rock Creek, with the baseball team coming off a league championship and a trip to the state tournament last season and the softball team finishing second in state last year. Head baseball coach Chad Herren and head softball coach Jeri Brummett preview the spring season.

Baseball

1. What is your projection for the season?

Herren:  “This team has the chance to be quite good, however, they are going to have to come out and compete every single day.”

2. How did last year’s finish make you feel coming into this year?

Herren:  “Last year was quite rewarding. We will have many voids to fill. Last year is over. These guys need to write their own story.”

3. Who are the top returning performers?

Herren:  “Seniors Shane Adams, Brandon Lutgen and Jacob Miller.”

4. Whose loss is felt the most?

Herren:  “Many, but we have to (and will) make due with what we got. New leaders will have to emerge.”

5. What is the team’s weakness?

Herren:  “Making sure we come to play every day. We can’t just show up.”

6. What is the team’s strength?

Herren:  “There is a no fear factor to them; that could be quite potent.”

7. Who will be the new player to step up and fill a void left from graduation?

Herren:  “We have many juniors and sophomores that will have to fill voids.”

8. Who will be the toughest competitor?

Herren:  “Ourselves, we can’t beat ourselves.”

9. How will the move to 4A change your preparation for the post-season?

Herren:  “It will not. We prepare in the summer and the spring. We can’t beat ourselves.”

Softball

1. What is your projection for the season?

Brummett:  “Optimistic.”

2. How did last year’s finish make you feel coming into this year?

Brummett:  “Unfinished. What happened was great, but has no bearing on this years team. Hopefully, those that played or experienced it will be hungry for it again.”

3. Who are the top returning performers?

Brummett:  “[Sophomore] Blair Campbell, [junior] Kelsey Quinn, [seniors] Megan Srna, and Lauren Overkamp.”

4. Whose loss is felt the most?

Brummett:  “Every year change is necessary. The 2012 team can never be replaced… that team always remains special.”

5. What are the team’s strengths and weakness?

Brummett:  “Too early to tell.”

6. Who will be the new player to step up and fill a void left from graduation?

Brummett:  “I hope several.”

7. Who will be the toughest non-league competitor?

Brummett:  “Always tough: Wamego, Clay Center and Abilene.”

8. Who will be the toughest league competitor?

Brummett:  “Silver Lake and Rossville, but all will be improved.”

Article by Sam King, Editorial Assistant

Photo by Mason Swenson, Yearbook Co-Editor in Chief

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