Lady Panthers ready to improve on last year’s performance

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

By Andrew Luberda

Superior Sun

The 2012-13 edition of the Panthers’ softball team included six freshmen and two sophomores among the 13-player roster. Despite their youth and inexperience, the Panthers had enough talent to reach the State Championship Tournament. With a year of experience under their belts, the young Panthers expect to be even stronger this season.

The Panthers began tryouts for the varsity team on Feb. 10, 2014. First-year varsity head coach Martin Navarrette said the plan is to have roster finalized by Feb. 14. Navarrette acknowledged he is taking over team with plenty of talent. He cautioned, however, that most players expected to make the final roster have some kinks to work out first.

“Most girls have not thrown a softball since July during the Senior League Softball Little League State tournament, where the girls did very well,” Navarrette said. “Most of our girls are three sport athletes and it’s very hard to focus on just softball.”

Having a number of three-sport athletes on a roster is good for any team. Navarrette knows it’s just a matter of time before the players are performing up to their potential.

“I am very optimistic and excited to help these young women get back to the playoffs,” he said. “I feel that the returning players, including this year’s freshman, have a real good chance to get deeper into the playoffs this year.”

The experience from last year was important to players in learning about the higher level of competition and what it takes to succeed. Navarrette expects the returning players to “come back with more fire and drive to improve on last year’s performance.”

Just like last year’s freshmen class, the new incoming freshmen have plenty of talent as well. The newcomers won’t have to look far to find teammates with recent experience playing at the varsity level.

As a new coach, Navarrette was asked about the expectations of his players on and off the field.

“Athletics are a privilege not a rite,” Navarrette answered. “I know most of the young ladies going out for softball and I’m sure they will make the community very proud in representing Superior High School.”

Navarrette announced that Dora Salcido, Mikee Preciado and Senyssa Beard will be the Panthers’ coaching staff.

The final roster will be published once it is announced and made available by Coach Navarrette.

The Panthers open their season at home on Feb. 27 versus Miami (AZ). The game is scheduled for 4 p.m.

admin (7655 Posts)


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Town of Kearny Survey

    17 hours ago
    by

    Town of Kearny residents please drop off your completed surveys with signatures and addresses to the Town sealed, ready for […]


    Summer Reading Program kicks off at Superior Library: Every Hero Has a Story!

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    This summer readers of all ages will celebrate many types of heroes; the heroes of all ages who walk through the doors of the library each day; the heroes who have


    Getting Lost in the Copper Corridor

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    Can you guess where in the Copper Corridor the cover photo was taken? If you guessed Mammoth, then you would be correct.


    Superior FCCLA heading to Nationals; CVIT makes donation to help with expenses

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    The Superior High School Career and Technical Education Organization  Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students recently participated in State Competition in Tucson, AZ and the following students qualified


  • Stories Just For You

    Leonor Hambly K-8 has National Junior Honor Society induction

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    On Tuesday, May 19, Leonor Hambly K-8 held its 2015-2016 National Junior Honor Society inductions. Mrs. Laura E. Lopez acted […]


    Darren Smith, young wrestling champ

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    Darren Smith is an AZ-USA wrestler, wrestling in the Bantam division at 40 lbs. This is his second year wrestling, […]


    Protect Oak Flat free concert and education conference

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    Oak Flat, Arizona May 25, 2015 -On Saturday May 30, 2015 to Sunday May 31, 2015 The Apache Stronghold will […]


    Ray seniors earn thousands in scholarships

    May 20th, 2015
    by

    Copper Basin News Thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards were presented to Ray High School graduating seniors last week during the 2015 Scholarship and Awards program held in the


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather