Athletes catching spring fever

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The spring sports teams are gearing up for another season, working hard every day to up their game. The weather lately has not been great for practices, but everyone has been finding ways to prepare for outdoor contests.

Baseball players get
down to fundamentals
The baseball team has been working on throwing mechanics for a couple months now. The hard-working have awakened early in the morning for at least three days a week and have thrown in the middle school, strengthening arms for the upcoming season.
The Mustangs had two-a-days as well throughout the first week of March. In the mornings, the baseball squad worked primarily on hitting. This included soft toss, tee work and bunting practice. The afternoons consisted of working on throwing mechanics and more of a work out.
Every practice counts with the start of season right around the corner. The team is practically brand new, and fans are sure to enjoy watching the Mustangs mature throughout the season. The first games (vs. Chanute) were set for this week: Tuesday at home for the JV and Thursday away for varsity.

Softball girls gearing up
for strong season
Your Iola Fillies will be hitting ’em home with an all-star softball team this year. There a also a number of freshman who “could see considerable time at the varsity level” coach Vince Coons said.
“We have a good chance of winning the Pioneer League and even state at the 4A level. We have two experienced pitchers, Mackenzie Weseloh and Hannah Endicott, and a few good catchers, giving us a lot of flexibility. We’ll also have five or six freshmen who will really be helping the team, said coach Vincent Coons.”
Being a freshman on varsity can be a challenge. Sydney Wade, a freshman who also played on the varsity girls basketball team, knows a bit about this: “I’m nervous, but I’m hoping I’m welcomed into the team like the other sports I’ve been in.”
One of the big challenges this season will take effect before it even starts: the week after spring break, the girls have four games, which means they were expected to condition on their own during the time out of school.
Wade said she “heard that we didn’t do too well last year, but that means it can only get better from here,” which is what the Fillies will be shooting, or rather hitting, for this year.

Track athletes warm up
and run their hearts out
Ever since cross country came to an end, dedicated runners at IHS have been dying to get back on track. Meanwhile, jumpers and throwers have been eagerly awaiting another track season.
As basketball came to an end, track athletes were putting time and effort into conditioning to get in shape for the season.
“Practices have mainly consisted of running so far,” freshman runner Karima Hall said. “It’s definitely tiring, but the end result of succeeding at meets makes all the blood, sweat, and tears worth it.”
“It would definitely be hard to survive any injuries this season,” coach Marvin Smith said. “We have a strong team this year, though, with a lot of returning track and field participants.”
If you find yourself bored on a spring day when the weather is nice, stop by the track and see what these athletes are up to this year, or plan a road trip to season openers at Labette County (April 4) or Parsons (April 11).

Golf boys are busy
working on their game
The Iola Mustangs golf team has been doing their best to prepare for the season, despite the unfortunate weather.
“We’re starting practice, and we have our first tournament the 9th at Independence.” said head coach Doug Kerr “When we had our meeting, we had about ten kids in attendance.”
Junior Shane Walden commented “Coming off of my arm surgery, I’ve been working on my form to get back into the rhythm of things.”
Last year, junior Kaden Macha made it to state, and won the state championship. Kaden has been working hard to make it to state again this year. “I would like to make it back to state again this year, and hopefully win the title again.” said Macha.

Tennis team hits the court with a new coach
The boys tennis team is excited for a new season under new management with coach Joseph Turner. Last year, the boys didn’t do a lot of strenuous workouts, but this year Turner is changing things up.
“We’re going to do some cardiovascular workouts as well as upper-body and leg strengthening,” sophomore Colby Works said.
Some members have been doing their best to prepare for the season.
“I’ve been in basketball, so I’m physically ready” senior Bryan Mueller said, “but I haven’t been able to work on my form because I’ve been busy with the sport I’m in now.”