Boomer Elmsdale
Wed, March 20, 2024 at 07:03 AM . California
Spring Hill High School's softball team has been making waves in their league for the past three years, and with Coach Corey Katzer at the helm, they have their sights set high for the upcoming season. With a strong and talented roster of returning players, the team is determined to claim the top spot in their league and make a run at the State tournament. In this exclusive interview, Coach Katzer shares his goals for the team, introduces some of the top returning players, and discusses the unique culture and support within the program. As the head coach for the past three seasons, Coach Katzer has seen the team's success firsthand. He acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the players, stating, "we've had a pretty successful program here over the last 3 years...and we've got everybody returning back off of a State qualifying team." This gives the team a strong foundation for the upcoming season and sets the bar high for their goals. He emphasizes that their main objectives remain straightforward and simple: win the league and make a run at the State tournament. One of the driving forces behind the team's success is the group of talented returning players. Coach Katzer is excited to have star players like Maya and Jaylee White back on the team for their senior year. Both girls have recently committed to play at Central Arkansas and bring a wealth of experience and skills to the field. Joining them is a talented group of players, including Nora Brill, Olivia Freely, Emily Williams, Marissa Harris, Blair Summers, and Ellie Campbell. With such a strong and experienced lineup, the team has a cohesive and dynamic force to lead them into the season. When asked about any changes or new approaches for the upcoming season, Coach Katzer mentions the team's focus on building a strong team culture. He explains, "we start [building that culture] in the fall...we invite our parents and all of our players, plus the incoming do a team tailgate." This kind of team-building activity allows the players to get to know each other and creates a sense of camaraderie within the team. Throughout the year, the team also participates in various events and activities together, such as attending other school sporting events and volunteering in the community. This allows the players to bond and strengthen their relationships off the field, which ultimately translates into a cohesive and supportive team on the field.