WOODS CROSS--The Wood Cross High softball team won its first region title in 2015 and with several returning seniors – three of whom have already signed to play in college – the Wildcats have high hopes to be atop Region 5 this season.
“We’re looking to add more dates to our banner,” said head coach Chad Lythgoe, who is in his fifth season at Woods Cross.
Lythgoe said his “incredibly talented” seniors – Cori Francis, Brooke Brown, Sarah Lavender, Abby Harrison, Haydn Flygare, Katelin Foutz and Caitlin Barber – will be looked to for strong leadership.
“They have been with me since their ninth grade year and have been significant contributors to our success as a program,” Lythgoe said. “I am hoping that the rest of the team will look to them and set goals for themselves to keep working at this game.”
The 2017 team includes juniors Sydnie Wood and Becca Jensen; sophomores Julana Te’o, Niki Golightly, Jess Wall and Nicole Lavender; and freshmen Ari Ayala, Mariam Moea’I, Sadie Bevan, Madi Durrant, Miranda Platt and Kaidan Sudbury.
“Adding a younger crop of ninth graders this year to our very talented sophomore class will ensure the success of this program this year and for years to come,” Lythgoe said. “Our plan and goal is always to play beyond the regular season and to be among the top in our region and state.”
Lythgoe is assisted on the coaching staff by Jeff Quinton, Casey Plowman, John Sorensen and Kelsey Plowman and team managers Sam Rowland, Annette Falcon, Bri Mattinson and Jackson Kilpack, and scorekeepers Chris Plowman and Kyle Lavender.
“I have surrounded myself with fantastic coaches that are professional and knowledgeable, but most importantly they are great with the girls,” Lythgoe said.
The team began its season March 3 at the 2017 Kick Off Tournament in Las Vegas. The team’s first in-state games were an 8-0 win against Northridge March 14 and a 12-0 win over Mountain View March 17.