Boomer Elmsdale
Thu, February 22, 2024 at 04:02 AM . California
As the new season approaches, Coach John Perez shares his thoughts on Valley View High School's softball team and their goals for this year. With a strong group of returning players and a determined coach at the helm, the team is primed for success. Coach Perez has his sights set high, with the main goal being to win the entire season and add another championship ring to the school's collection. But what are the keys to achieving this goal? According to Coach Perez, the three main components are hard work, a solid defense, and a strong offense. Speaking of last year's success, Coach Perez notes some of the top returning players who will be crucial to the team's performance this year. Among them are Wilman Hall, the team's standout catcher, and Elisa Tourists, a talented shortstop who is already being heavily recruited by numerous colleges. Another key player is Giselle Morales, a junior pitcher with a perfect record of 10-0 in the previous season. But it's not just about individual players. Coach Perez emphasizes the importance of team effort and attitude, praising players like Skye Johnson, Jalen Hernandez, Miranda Mais, and Battie Barrios for their positive contributions to the team both on and off the field. Team chemistry and camaraderie are crucial to a successful season, and Coach Perez knows just how to achieve it. He emphasizes the importance of players buying into the team's overall vision and working together to achieve their goals. With a strong emphasis on trust and communication, Coach Perez fosters a positive and cohesive environment for his team. But there are always challenges to face in any season. Last year, the team flew under the radar, but this year, that might not be the case. Coach Perez acknowledges that other teams will be prepared to face them head on, but he also expresses confidence in his team's ability to handle the pressure and rise to the challenge. As a coach with 48 years of experience, Coach Perez has seen the game and coaching styles change over the years. He describes his own style as "old school," but one that has adapted to the changing times. His players know him well, and he knows them just as well. Building relationships and trust with his players is a core value for Coach Perez, and he stresses the importance of believing in oneself and one's teammates as key to success.