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Softball seniors collaborate, anticipate progress

Despite long hours of homework, studying and spending time with friends and family, some students look beyond the classroom to expand their talents.

While senior Brittany Lauber excels in academics as the valedictorian of the graduating class, she appreciates the variety and experience that softball provides.

From the time Lauber was five, she played catch with her father. She continues to play softball because of her love of the sport.

“I began to play softball in earnest in seventh grade,” Lauber said. “In fifth and sixth grade there was ‘soko,’ but that hardly counts. Prior to that I played baseball and when I was younger, T-Ball.”

As a four-year softball player, Lauber dealt with adjusting to a new position every year, from outfield to catcher.

“Brittany is doing really well,” coach Michelle Wright said. “She has definitely stepped up in the catcher’s role. She has been a team leader and she is an overall nice girl.”

Although the Eagles are 5-8-0 overall, Lauber anticipates progress to show in the last few games.

“I expect our team to work hard to get better,” Lauber said. “Hopefully by the end of the season we will have tangible signs of improvement.”

When Lauber is not on the field, she enjoys reading a variety of books and learning as much as possible.

“The thing about Brittany, whether she’s playing softball or in class; she is going to give 100 %,” Wright said, “and I never question or worry about that.”

As catcher, Lauber maintains an understanding with pitcher and fellow senior Amanda Wood.

“Amanda and I get along well together, both on and off the field,” Lauber said. “No matter how the rest of the game is going, we can usually do our jobs and be able to laugh at our mistakes.”

While Lauber does not plan to continue her softball career, Wood hopes to further enhance her skills.

“I have played softball since I was old enough to throw one,” Wood said. “I’m almost positive I am playing in college, but I am not exactly sure where. I am hoping to play somewhere down South.”

Wood has accumulated about 90 strikeouts throughout the season.

“I think that Brittany and Amanda’s relationship as pitcher and catcher has been a good fit for our team,” Wright said. “They are the foundation for our team and their success encourages the rest of the team to be successful.”

Many athletes experience embarrassing moments such as tripping over a soccer ball or missing their free throw. Wood was faced with this when chasing a fly ball in the outfield which hit her in the face, resulting in a black eye and almost broken nose. Although faced with injuries, Wood continues to thrive in the atmosphere she loves.

“I love the adrenaline rush when the ball comes out of the pitcher’s hand and everything around you slows down,” Wood said. “It is just about you, the ball hurling towards you and the moment the bat collides with the ball.”

The Eagles will next host the Fowler Redcats on April 29.

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    Brianna CarlsonMar 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Wow! I have pictures of my Mom (who graduated from FCHS in ’88) sang in that stairway! How cool to see it come full circle!

    Y’all are amazing! So excited for Agnus Dei!

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    Hoi-Ting WuMar 12, 2010 at 6:54 am

    This is my first experience of singing in the stairway entrance. Besides, we went to elementary school and church to sing during that time, too!