Posted: Feb 5, 2013 11:08 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2013 11:11 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A few years ago, John Paul High School started their softball program which got off to a shaky start. In 2010, Head Coach Ray Heenan's team reached the first round of playoffs.
Last year, the Centurions had their best year yet, going 26-2 and winning the school's first district title.
"Last year, even though we came up short at state, we are determined to take it this year," said Sophormore Brianna Vasquez.
"To get better, I think if anything, practice makes perfect, and the more practice, the better we are going to get. Every practice, every scrimmage, every game, we are going to get better no matter what. We can only go up from here," said Sophormore Brittnee Pineda.
In the midst of their historic season, the District Committee ruled that a member of the John Paul coaching staff coached a Fall team, which is a Tapps rules violation. They were also found to be missing paperwork on some of their players that transferred into the program during the off-season.
This forced the District to suspend the softball coaching staff for the rest of the season, which happened to be right before the playoffs.
"We learned not to give up last season, especially with our coaches. When we did not have them, we did still make it farther than what people thought we would," said Christiana Romero, Senior.
"After last year and everything that happened, it motivated us more in the summer. We took extra cuts, we ran extra miles, and more sprints. Now, we are here in season; we feel more prepared than we were last year," said Senior Desiree Lopez.
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