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Softball District Champions 2018.

By Ann Raubuch

Excitement continues to grow around the Milan Softball Program as the season approaches. The Varsity team has won 3 consecutive District Titles, and placed runner up in Regionals in those same three seasons. Getting back there is a goal that is on many of the girls’ minds for this coming season. This season will not only bring new players, but a new Head Coach as well. 
Courtney Brothers was hired as the new Varsity Softball Coach. She grew up in Milan, and was the Varsity Team Manager when she was in middle school. She played at the Varsity level in high school and went on to play at Mercyhurst University, where she was an all conference player and earned her Master’s Degree. She was also the Graduate Assistant Coach for two seasons.
Coach Brothers has enjoyed meeting many of the girls during winter workouts.”My hope is that they earn the value of conditioning during the off season and how it can positively impact their season performance.” When asked about her goals for the season, she said, “I have a very competitive personality so winning is important to me. Along with winning, I want to see the girls grow as athletes but more so as young women. Once these girls graduate high school, whether they continue to play or not, I hope these girls can look back and see the impact that being on a team has.”  
Being a part of a team is something that resonates with sophomore Lauren Chrysler, who is looking forward to maintaining the chemistry the girls had last year. “We had a great bond on and off the field. We are all very excited and ready for this season.” Junior first baseman, Makaila Cooper, is also looking forward to playing with the team again this season, and hopes to make a significant impact. “My goal is to set as many records as possible.” 
Coach Jim Beal returns this season and is expecting veteran girls to lead. It’s a role both pitchers, Mikayla Maurer and Emily Raubuch, are embracing. Mikayla explained  “We thought it would be a good idea to put on a camp to connect with the younger girls. It’s a way for them to see what it’s like to play in High School.” The two came up with the idea while hitting together, and managed to recruit several current and former players to help out.
Maurer’s mother, Katie Maurer, was very happy to see the girls giving back. “Mikayla and Emily have done a fantastic job of organizing the camp and are great examples of leadership.” Tryouts are scheduled to begin March 11, and the Big Reds are eager to take the field.

Ann Raubuch is a freelance writer for the Milan Eagle.

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