With new coaches for the year and a new program, the Lady Bucks are on their way preparing for their district rival teams.

I, Head Coach Martina Carrillo, sees a lot of potential for this year's group to be one of the top district contenders for the playoff run. By no means is the team where it needs to be just yet, but the girls are working hard every day to get there. We have to be impressed with our group of girls that came out because they have the right attitude that we are looking for, which is a positive one.

That in turn will help achieve our goals as a team that we have set. We are three wins and five losses at the moment in pre-season. We have lost some close games and some not so close. We do not have a set varsity group yet. With about 27 girls in the program, we have a set 12 for the varsity squad with two to four more girls rotating on varsity for the games. We will have our set teams (Varsity/JV) once we begin the District season.

Coach Krystal Martinez (new asst. coach) and I were excited for the turnout that we had.

This gives us an opportunity to have two teams (Varsity & JV). We're very young with no seniors on the squad. The positive point of that is that we will have everyone back next season with new additions and the negative is the lack of experience that is needed for this season.

This season will be a learning experience for our athletes in which they will learn a new program which involves new skills, offense and defense along with two new coaches.

Coach Martinez is a big factor to our pitching/catching game in which she played pitcher for the Corpus Christi Islanders. She also won nationals with her summer league team.

She brings in alot of knowledge of the fastpitch game.

I have many years experience by having played softball and baseball. I think the main difference of all three is the pitching game.

I'm glad to work with Coach Martinez since that is her area of expertise. I'll be in charge of the offensive batting, stealing and overall defense we'll both do.

We both work with the JV and Varsity at drills. That way the girls all have the same expectations of the program. We like the progress that we see in these girls. But, realistically, we have a lot of work to be done in such a short time. The good thing about all of this is that the girls are wanting to learn and perfect their game and get better.

The 12 set varsity athletes are the following: Returning Letterman and last year's District's Outstanding defense MVP player-junior, Aimee Evans is seeing playing time at short stop, pitching, catching and centerfield. We're looking at her at several positions.

She is an asset at any position that we need her to play at. Another returning letterman, junior, Elisa Perez, has been our leader at bat and her position is second base and short stop.

Junior, Dalilah Spencer, who played varsity last year, has seen playing time at centerfield, second and short stop.

Sophomores and newcomers— Rebecca Kempf has been playing third base and recently as a catcher, Leslie Newman has played second base and right field, Karissa Campos has played the outfield, Rebecca Garza has also played the outfield, Rae Sanders has played catcher and outfield and Gabby Rosa has been our first baseman.

Freshman newcomers on Varsity are Leeza Rodriguez (pitcher, infield, outfield), Victoria Chapa (pitcher and infield) and Jessi Robertson has played the outfield.

Other girls which have filled positions for the Varsity and have played JV or on the squad are Freshman—Anabella Rosa, Echo Flores, Chelsea Lane, Elizabeth Moncada, Cassy Barrera, Neri Bazan, Ashlee Gonzalez, Lorena Esparza, Lizzy Tanguma, Natasha Gonzalez, Rubina Vela, Sophomore-Tasha Vasquez, Junior-Samantha Marquez, April Carrillo

Come out and support the Lady Bucks, next home game is March 4, pre-season with Hebbronville (jv,v) 5 and 7 p.m., and March 7 with Pearsall (jv,v) 5 and 7 p.m. at home.

- Coach Martina Carrillo