Pitching strong for Lady Warriors

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR Correspondent

   As the 2002 softball season gets ready to start up for Happy Valley, the Lady Warriors look to contend for the top spot in the Watauga Conference this year.
   "Last year we finished tied for second, and this season I expect to do even better," says Happy Valley coach Karen Killian.
   This years Warrior squad will consist of mostly underclassmen, which was also the case last season.
   "We are going to be a young team, which mainly will be freshmen and sophomores with only one senior that did not play last year," said Killian.
   One of the Warriors strong holds will be in their pitching, as sophomore Kourtney Goulds returns to help lead the team to a possible conference title.
   "Of course our pitching is going to be a key, and I have three or four girls that I'm looking to rotate in right now."
   Goulds will be rebounding from a knee injury, which forced her to require surgery in the late part of the basketball season.
   "Our pitcher Kourtney Goulds is a little slow right now in trying to recover from knee surgery, but at least she will be back and pitching some."
   Coach Killian also feels like another key point will be at the catcher's position.
   "Catching to me is always a big position to play, and then our young girls have some speed, which is going to play to our advantage."
   Terra Whaley led the Warriors last year in hitting, and could be the leader in the Warrior offensive attack.
   "Terra led our team in batting last season, and we are little but still posses power." "We're looking to take it to teams on the bases, and with our quick runners, we are going to mix it up."
   On the defensive side of things, it's a little uncertain of what to expect out such a young group, but coach Killian seems optimistic on how her team will perform.
   "Defensively with such a young team I'm lucky to be able to move players around like I can," said Killian" "I'm really fortunate in having such a versatile squad for it makes my job a little easier, so I think we will be all right."
   Happy Valley looks to improve from last years season, as they finished with the overall record of 18-15 and 9-5 in regular season conference play.
   "We're a young team with a lot of heart, and hopefully we'll finish up better than we did last year," said Killian.
   Watch out for the Lady Warriors to be a serious contender, as they do battle in proving themselves to rival teams in conference play.