Archive for Thursday, April 23, 2009

New BSHS softball coach Wardlow is BLHS graduate

April 23, 2009

For a while it appeared as though the coaching carousel in the Bonner Springs softball program would end with Roger Davidson.

Then, last week Davidson — in his second year with the program — announced he was stepping down from the program for personal reasons.

Now the program’s reins have been handed to Kara Wardlow. The Bravettes’ junior varsity coach took over the varsity squad on April 13.

“I think we have a great bunch of girls here at Bonner,” Wardlow said. “I really think we can get going and win some ball games. I love this community. It is great — a big part of who I am. It has always been my dream to pitch in and really give back to the community.”

Wardlow is familiar with the community. She graduated from Basehor-Linwood High School in 2000. She is also an accomplished softball player. At Basehor, she was an All-Kaw Valley League selection four years in a row at first base and pitcher. She also was named All-State all four of her years at the school.

After high school, Wardlow went to school in Miami and played softball for Barry College. Though she liked the beauty of southern Florida, she transferred to Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo., to be closer to home. While there, she earned All-Conference honors three consecutive years as an outfielder.

Her competitive fire is what gets her going, and it is what gives her hope that she can get the softball program at BSHS to keep going in the right direction.

Her first double header came against Lansing on Friday. The Bravettes lost both games, falling 11-0 and 6-1, but Wardlow was pleased with the effort.

“We were going up against a great pitcher in Brittney Lang in the first game, but the second game we played pretty well,” Wardlow said. “We got some hits, but we were just unable to string anything together when we needed to.”

Bonner played Bishop Ward on Monday and lost both games, 10-1 and 4-3.

“I was really happy with how we played in the second game,” Wardlow said. “We played some really great defense, even had some diving plays, but we were unable to get that last run to tie the game up. We are going to work on a more disciplined approach at the plate, so we can start looking for our pitch at certain times. If we play like we did in that second game, we will win some games.”

Bonner Springs travels to Tonganoxie today in search of its first victory of the season.

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