Bearcats’ softball team is talented and experienced

Copper Basin News

The Lady Bearcats reached the second-round of the Division IV State Championship last year with as many as 10 freshman and sophomores on their roster. With a number of those players returning this season, the ‘Cats expect to advance further this season.

“Absolutely,” answered first-year head coach Rikki Galka when asked if she expects the team to improve on last season’s results.

The ‘Cats return a total of 13 players from last season. The 2014 roster breaks down by class as follows: 8 seniors, 3 juniors, 7 sophomores, and 2 freshmen.

After experiencing success last year, Coach Galka expects the team to pick up where it left off. According to Galka, a simple approach will get the ‘Cats where they want to be at the end of the season.

“(We have) to know what the play is for each pitch and get the job done,” she said. “Each practice and each game we (increase) our level of play. We want to play our best daily.”

Tanya Reidhead and Monica Meza will serve as varsity assistants this season.

The ‘Cats opened their season on March 4 at Gilbert Classical Academy.

Andy Luberda (145 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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