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Whittell coach needs to clone Terry

David Gignilliat

Whittell High softball coach Lindsay Wines has gone from the Warrior hardwood to, … well, the Warrior hardwood in just a matter of weeks. As both the Whittell girls basketball and softball coach, she keeps a busy schedule. Though the snowcapped fields on Warrior Way haven’t seen the light of day in months, you can count on the fact that she’ll bring the same energy, dedication and desire to make the 1999 team a success.

“I like the pace of this game. Basketball is 32 minutes of intense play and softball is too, but I think the atmosphere is a little different here,” Wines said. “I like it because it’s a little more casual, too. I’m sure there are going to be times when it’s a little more stressful, but that’s why you coach the game.”

The Warriors will begin the regular season Saturday at a tournament in Lovelock. The team will play at least three games at the traditionally small-school tournament, with an excellent shot at picking up some victories, Wines said.

“I think for this team, it’s a great place to start because there’s some games I think we can win,” said Wines, whose squad begins their regular league schedule March 30 at Yerington. “Even as young as we are, we can compete with these teams. I think it’s going to be a positive more than a negative experience for these kids.”

The team features 10 freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and only one returning senior, pitcher Aurora Terry.

“Right now, the thing that’s going to kill us is experience,” Wines said. “There are a lot of things we’re going to have to struggle through the first part of the season.”

Infield play will be crucial for the Warriors, who will likely start Stephanie Evans at catcher and Ashley Berns at first base. Both are freshmen.

Meredith Shaw will patrol second base, with senior Sarah VanCleemput (SS) and Susi Schoetz (3B) occupying the rest of the infield.

In the outfield will be sophomore Jocelyn Mata and freshmen Erin Silver and Tara Hordzwick.

With such a glut of underclassmen, Wines understands the need to make the activity enjoyable for her younger players. At a small school like Whittell, attrition is a constant concern.

“I want the freshmen to get the game time and experience and feel comfortable with what they’re doing out on the field,” Wines said. “And I want them to be confident enough to come back and play next year.”

Terry, arguably the team’s leader, will feature a fastball, changeup, slider and an “occasional” riseball in her underhand repertoire. As the team’s lone senior, she will be counted on to log some major innings for the Warriors.

“I think Aurora is probably going to be the key for us this year,” said Wines, who also coached Terry for four seasons on the Whittell basketball team. “She’s played softball here for four years. She really loves this game and she’s really good with the young players on the team.”

Terry’s experience and leadership have made her into a virtual-player coach out on the diamond, er, gym floor, for the Warriors. A knowledgeable and technically sound player, Terry has shown a willingness to impart some of her skills and experience to the team’s younger players.

“I know how tough it is going from club to high school competition,” Terry said. “It’s a different kind of game. I like helping the (younger players) out and just showing them some things.

“Sometimes I see things on the field where I can relate to them and talk to them.”


Coach: Lindsay Wines

Probable Starting Lineup: C Stephanie Evans, 1B Ashley Berns, 2B Meredith Shaw, SS Sarah Van Cleemput, 3B Susi Schoetz, OF Jocelyn Mata, OF Erin Silver, Tara Hordzwick

Season Opener: Saturday at Lovelock Tournament


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