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Softball team set for successful season

After hovering around the .500 mark last season, the Glencoe-Silver Lake softball
team is looking to break through in the 2019 season.
“We are ready,” coach Steve Davis said. “We are always excited to start another
season and we have a great group of student athletes.”
There are 11 players on this year’s team returning with varsity experience,
including five seniors, on the 13-player varsity roster.
Back from last year is the battery of Brianna Wraspir and Kasidy Cacka, with Kaitlyn
Uecker, Lily Schmitt and Hannah Boesche also returning to the infield. In the outfield
Elise Petersen, Maddy Emery and Alison Kettner are all back as well.
The team also brings in several newcomers, although a few – like Sydney Lepel,
Jasmine Knick and Taylor Kaczmarek – saw some varsity time in 2018. Other fresh
faces on the squad include Miranda Litzau and Kaylee Lemke.
Davis said that practices went well in the lead up to the season.
“The team has been very focused and ready to work,” he said.
With a wealth of returning experience mixed with several talented reinforcements,
the coach looks for his team to be competitive this spring.
“(As a goal) We always want to win the conference and be playing our best softball
at the end of the year, so we can make a playoff run,” he said.
Whatever the team is able to achieve in 2019, Davis noted that he hopes the team is
able to get better day-by-day, saying he hoped he could say at season’s end, “That
we worked hard, played as a team, and got better each and every day. We also hope
to have fun and learn from each other every day.”
GSL’s field on the school’s campus is now furnished with dugouts and a scoreboard,
a far cry from when the team played on municipal fields at Oak Leaf Park.