Softball team shines during 2010 season
Bonner Springs softball coach Kara Wardlow likes to win.
If the past year and a half are any indication, Wardlow has her program on the way up. This year — Wardlow’s first full season as head coach and second overall — the combination of stability at the coaching position, Wardlow’s positive attitude and a talented pool of players eager to turn their program around made the Bravettes the surprise team in the Kaw Valley League. They finished fifth in the Kaw Valley League and nearly derailed Mill Valley’s title hopes before falling, 4-3 and 5-3, in a doubleheader.
Wardlow said she wanted her program to be a constant state tournament participant and trophy contender.
The Bravettes will lose four seniors to graduation. Three of them — pitcher Kelly Chastain and outfielders Carli Turner and Chelsea Parr — were starters.
Seven starters will be back: juniors Kylee Timberlake and Kaylie Holloway, sophomores Breanna Tendick and Shelbie Thornton, and freshmen Cassady Holloway, Geena Harris and Sammy Ricci-Weller.
With the majority of the lineup back, though, expectations will be high.
“Absolutely the foundation is there,” Wardlow says. “We have the foundation built for Bonner Springs softball, and we’re just going to keep working on it and next year’s going to be a better year.”