Lady Flyers hope to end season winning state (VIDEO)
Aug. 6, 2013 at 3:06 a.m.
St. Joseph had a great season a year ago, but this year the Lady Flyers plan to do even better.
After going through an emotional roller coaster last season in which the team was involved in a bus accident and lost in the TAPPS Class 4A state championship game, the Lady Flyers got back to the gym this week to begin practicing for the upcoming season.
Returning six players this season, the team is in the driver's seat to do well, said Lady Flyers co-coach Allyson Griffin.
"We try not to put too much pressure on ourselves, although we know that pressure is there to perform at that level again," the fourth-year coach said. "But that yearning to get back there is within us. We're going to keep the momentum going and pick up where we left off."
With each passing season, the team has climbed up in success. Last season, the Lady Flyers finished the year with a 34-6 record, just one season after losing in the area round of the TAPPS playoffs.
"It's really encouraging because each year we've gotten better," senior Lindsey Still said. "This year, we expect a lot more from ourselves and push even harder. The coaches motivate us a lot. We motivate each other."
The Lady Flyers lost three seniors from last year's team. However, senior Lauren Kurtz doesn't believe that will stop the team from achieving itsr goal of a title.
"We will miss them a lot, but I feel like we do have people that can take their place to be the same way we were again last year," Kurtz said. "It's going to take a lot of hard work to get back (to state)."
Players on the team agreed that expectations remain high.
When the Lady Flyers got to the state championship game, they had no experience there. Third-year player Natalie Bales thinks this season is different.
"We have experience now," Bales said. "Last year we didn't have much experience with it, so we went in kind of nervous."
Griffin explained that she's not relying on just one player to carry the load for the season.
The Lady Flyers want to make history this year and prove last season wasn't a fluke.
"They will settle for nothing less," Griffin said. "Anything less is going to be a major disappointment to them."