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

    Support the American Red Cross and become an everyday hero March is Red Cross Month

    February 27th, 2015
    by

    TUCSON— In honor of Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages people to uncover their inner hero […]


    March 3rd Marks the Celebration of U.S. Navy Reserve’s 100th Anniversary

    February 27th, 2015
    by

    Washington DC, – The Navy Reserve will mark its centennial anniversary on Tuesday, March 3rd with a series of events […]


    Gaspard de la Nuit at Desert View Performing Arts Center

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    On Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m., join The Oracle Piano Society for Picturing Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, A Musical Soliloquy at SaddleBrooke II, 39900 S.


    Documentary film ‘Power’s War’ completed

    February 25th, 2015
    by

    Pinal Nugget On Feb. 15, 1918 the Graham Guardian newspaper’s headline said “OFFICERS KILLED IN BATTLE WITH SLACKERS”.


  • Stories Just For You

    Town of Superior fire truck renovation begins

    February 24th, 2015
    by

    Superior Sun In November 2014 Henry Munoz presented the Superior Town Council with a proposal to renovate the 1947 Pierce Fire Truck as a representation and honor to the past


    Legends of Superior Trail Fest attracts outdoor enthusiasts

    February 24th, 2015
    by

    The Legends of Superior Trail Committee along with their partners Resolution Copper, Arizona Trail Association and the Superior Optimist Club hosted the fourth annual Legends of Superior Trail Fest on Saturday.


    Four local young wrestlers win state championships

    February 24th, 2015
    by

    Copper Area News Four local wrestlers won state championships in their respective weight classes at the AzUSA Wrestling Folksytle State Championships, which took place last weekend in Casa Grande, Arizona.


    Mt. Vista baseball and softball teams prepare for Spring

    February 24th, 2015
    by

    San Manuel Miner It is getting close to Spring which means baseball and softball season is right around the corner.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin