Boomer Elmsdale
Tue, February 20, 2024 at 04:02 AM . California
As the softball season approaches, Coach Chad Franks of Mission Hills High School shares his goals and expectations for the team this year. With a mix of returning players and new additions, the team is ready to take on the competition and make a run at winning the CIF championship. Coach Franks' overall goal for the team is to win a championship ring this year. This is no easy feat, but with a focus on maintaining a high level of team unity and purpose, he believes his team has what it takes to succeed. He emphasizes the importance of working together and supporting each other every day, both on and off the field. When it comes to returning players, Coach Franks points out several key players who will play a crucial role in the team's success. These include players such as Payton Tidd, a junior pitcher who has already committed to play for Iowa State next year, and Haley Johnson, a senior outfielder who has a strong arm and great speed on the bases. Coach Franks praises their talent and drive, and believes they will be key leaders on the team. As for new players, Coach Franks is especially excited about transfer Abby Huhn from Carlsbad High School. Huhn, a senior, will join the team in the circle and has already signed with Iowa State to play at the collegiate level next year. Coach Franks notes that they have faced Huhn in the past and knows that she will have a significant impact on their team. When it comes to selecting team captains, Coach Franks looks for players who embody certain qualities such as leadership, determination, and a strong work ethic. He explains that these players are the ones who set the tone for the team and lead by example. At this point, the team has not yet chosen captains, but Coach Franks notes that several players are battling for this role. He is confident that whoever is chosen will be a great leader for the team. Team chemistry and camaraderie are essential components of any successful team, and Coach Franks has a plan to foster this among his players. He acknowledges the importance of traditions and rituals, such as participating in team activities together, and emphasizes the importance of having each other's backs both on and off the field. He also stresses the importance of being loud and supportive, even if players are not on the starting lineup for a game. This creates a sense of unity and support within the team.