Softball – Laura Wallace
This year’s Lady Lions squad has learned so much beyond the game of softball this season. According to Head Coach Laura Wallace, “Our season has had a lot of challenges. Losing a friend and teammate has caused us to look differently at our season.” It’s clear that this experience brought this team closer than ever imagined.
The 2017 roster has a number of new players on it as well. “A highlight for our team has been to have each person on the team, whether seasoned or new, walk up to the plate and hit the ball. It’s exciting to see them do it and come alive when it happens,” said Coach Wallace. Two of the team’s experienced players have stepped-up big for the Lions this season. “Isabella Wallmow ‘17 has been very encouraging to each and every player. She always see the good in her teammates. Erin Bredemus ‘18 has led the team in her fielding and hitting as well as always having a smile on her face. She has a sweet disposition and it shows on the field.”
With section play starting Thursday May 18th, the team is excited to see how far the progress they made during the regular season can take them. “The biggest success has been for us to continue to battle back. Despite personal and team setbacks, these girls have come out ready to fight each time,” said Wallace. “I’m excited to see what these girls can do now that things are clicking for them. It will be fun to see the end result!”
Baseball – Adam Hill
After a record breaking 2016 season – winning the Class A State Consolation Championship – this year’s Lions baseball club is hungry for more. The Lions currently hold a 14-3 record and had an 11 game winning streak earlier in the season. A 2-1 win over 2A Southwest Christian and a 3-2 win over conference and section rival Heritage have proved to be highlights this season. According to Head Coach Adam Hill, “It’s been a successful season so far, but we aren’t satisfied with a good start.”
When asked what the biggest challenge has been for this year’s team, Hill said, “The biggest challenge has been managing high expectations and rankings.” This year’s team has been focusing on the motto of #WorkWins to remind them nothing will be given to them this season – it must be earned.
With 12 seniors on the 2017 roster, the Lions have a lot of experience under their belt. They are all impacting the team in some way shape or form. “We have more than just a couple impact players,” said Coach Hill. “But our pitchers (Josh Peterson ‘17, Lucas Nelson ‘17, Logan Pierro ‘17 and Tyler Martinson ‘17) have been the most impactful for us.”
The team has also been spending time doing weekly chapels together where they pray and read God’s Word. These moments have proved to be impactful ones for the team as well. They have bonded the players and coaches in a special way.
Section play begins May 24th, so make sure you come out to a game and support your Legacy Lions Baseball Team – there could be some exciting days ahead!
Boys Golf – Tyler Adams
The Legacy Boys Golf Team started the season with a new head coach – Tyler Adams. When talking about his first season with the Lions, Coach Adams said, “So far the season has gone well. I really enjoy working with the guys and the other coaches. I think we all make a great team. The boys are learning, growing, and getting better with each day.”
Another fun and exciting change for the golf program this season came in the form of bringing our boys golf team and girls golf team together into one team. “Bringing the guys and girls teams together has been a huge success,” said Coach Adams. “We practice together and do different games and challenges together which has been fun to watch. We’ve also been breaking down the wall between varsity and JV – we’re getting our players to understand we are one team.”
The 2017 boys golf captains have played a crucial role in building that one-team mindset. “Kyle Miltz Mackey ‘17 and Josh McMullen ‘17 have been great captains and are always willing to help and lead the team. They have lead a devo before we tee off and are always asking how they can help and what they can do for me or the team,” said Adams.
When asked to name a significant highlight for the season so far, Adams said, “When the boys won our third meet, that was a big win for them. Not necessarily because we won, but because it was a big morale booster for them and helped them realize their potential if they keep working.”
As the team continues to grow as one, we are excited to see how far they go this year and in the upcoming seasons!
Girls Golf – Dan Nelson
Your Legacy Lions Girls Golf Team is off to a fun start! Head Coach Dan Nelson spearheaded the idea of combining our girls golf team and boys golf team into one cohesive team. This combination has added an extra level of comradery to the team.
The Lions continue to compete well in MCAA meets battling with Heritage Christian Academy for 1st and 2nd place. Sophie Gray ‘18 and Jadyn Nelson ‘18 are putting up impressive scores for the Lady Lions as well. Gray is currently ranked 1st in the conference with Nelson ranked 4th!
With the section meet approaching the end of May, exciting times are ahead for Legacy Girls Golf!
Track & Field – Todd Manske & Cheryl Fregeau
The 2017 track and field team has been busy this season! Not only have they been competing together, but they have spent some meaningful time together off the track. According to Head Coaches Todd Manske and Cheryl Fregeau, “Raising $1,000 at Pizza Ranch and our team-building Fridays have been highlights for this year’s team.” Our co-op with PACT continues to thrive as well. “It’s great to see the relationships develop among the athletes,” said Manske and Fregeau.
When it comes to individual athlete highlights, Coach Manske and Coach Fregeau said watching Sidney Manske ‘18 place 1st in pole vault, Mari Smitsdorff ‘17 place 2nd in high jump (St. Croix Meet), and Ben Nauman ‘21 place 4th in the 2 mile (St. Francis Meet) are some of this season’s biggest successes.
A number of other student-athletes are impacting this year’s team as well. Emily Raper ‘17 has continued to show good leadership despite having a bad knee injury, while Danae’ Heckman ‘18 (PACT) has been a great addition to our team relays. Felipe Anderson ‘17 has been a great leader among the throwers, while also improving his own personal records.
With the conference meet up next and sections the end of the month, it will be exciting to see how the Lions compete as they continue to improve each and every meet!
Clay Target: Trap Shooting – Todd Foy
The Legacy Trap Shooting Team is comprised of 21 shooter-athletes for 2017. According to Head Coach Todd Foy, this season has been going extremely well so far. “We have three seniors on the team this year. With this being the fourth year of the trap team program, the results so far are promising as returning shooters from past seasons have made a great effort to improve their accuracy and scores.” Coach Foy mentioned that the team’s biggest success is how improved the returning shooters are and that so many of the new shooters this year seem to have picked up the sport so quickly.
This year’s team is a cohesive group as well. “It’s the strongest of any of the seasons yet,” said Coach Foy. “Our athletes are timely and extremely supportive of one another.” Many things contribute to that cohesiveness, but a major component has been this year’s captains. “Donevan Walsh ‘17 and Devin Delich ‘20 have done a nice job encouraging their fellow teammates,” said Coach Foy. According to Foy, they in their own right are the two top shooters on the team, but they help in setting up the shooting fields and breaking it down at the end. They are leading by example.
There’s a lot to be excited about for the remainder of the season! “We have a little over half of the regular season remaining, and we are in the middle of the pack in terms of team standings in our conference, but our outlook to move up is looking good. We also have the entire team attending the state championship in Alexandria on June 13th to compete in an overall competition, and I think we will do very well,” said Coach Foy.