Predators aim for state championship

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers Fox Creek High School softball coach David Bell gathers around the team to speak following practice.


The Fox Creek softball team has one goal for this season: a state championship.

The Predators, who were among the final four teams last season, have accomplished everything else under head coach David Bell.

Weve been region champs seven out of eight years, weve won the district championship three times, weve got players who went to play (NCAA) Division I, JUCO players and Division II players, he said. The checklist is filled out, all we have left to accomplish is the state championship. Weve done everything else.

Bells team is trying to bond as a unit in the early season, with new players assuming important positions on the team.

During preseason practice, Bell has been waiting for a player to assume a leadership position for the Predators.

I dont know yet (who will be a leader on the team). Weve got a bunch who are thinking about it and talking about it, he said. Jada Simpson may be one, shes mature beyond her years as a freshman. Shes got a great attitude about this (softball) and about school. I think shes a 4.0 (GPA) kid. She works hard every day. Even when things are going bad, shes still joking and laughing. Behind the plate we have a sophomore (Morgan Matthews) who learned a lot last year and is very smart with the game. Shes another 4.0 kid, but its hard when youre the shortest girl on the team to tell the biggest girl what to do. Top to bottom, this is probably one of the best teams Ive ever had, but Im missing that one to step up and put it on her shoulders.

Two players who are hoping to bring leadership to the team, Simpson and Sabrina Ladousier, both believe communication is key for the success of the team.

I think I need to be more of a leader to the other girls, Simpson said. A few girls dont have a lot of experience on the field, and I need to help them out as much as I can.

Its the closest team Ive ever been on, and Im a senior, Ladousier said. I dont think Ive ever bonded with a team like this team has, on the field and off the field. I think thats going to help us in games, because we have a good relationship. We do hang out off the field, I know most teams dont.

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