Spartans hungry for a trip to state tourney

If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Sumner High fastpitch squad wouldn’t have any luck at all, as it is having a rough go of it personnel-wise early this season.

Sumner pitching will be key to the season.

If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Sumner High fastpitch squad wouldn’t have any luck at all, as it is having a rough go of it personnel-wise early this season.

One of the Spartans’ promising and swift young players transfered to Auburn Riverside, starting shortstop Heather Greenwood broke her heel and will not be returning for at least a month and, finally, one of last year’s pitchers, Sidney Erickson, elected not to try out for the team this time around.

“It is a good thing that the girls on this team are willing to do whatever it takes to win. Trust me there is a brand new attitude on the team this season,” third-year coach Kim Fergus said.

The Spartans got a taste of what it is like to play in the postseason in 2008 and some of that momentum has carried over.

“They are hungry to go further in 2009,” Fergus said. “They missed going to the state tournament by two games last season and this year they want to get back there more than anything.”

While Fergus believes the team’s great attitude is its strong suit, she claims the next best quality is their experienced outfield.

Heading up this outfield is senior center fielder Rory Zambard, who hit at a torrid pace last year, blasting homers and belting triples in addition to displaying a good glove. On either side of her are senior right fielder Abbey Simmons and junior left fielder Katie Hester, both bringing a lot of experience and hitting prowess to the table.

Sumner also boasts what has to be one of the best starting batteries in the league with senior right-handed windmiller Katie Littlefield returning to the slab and sophomore Dannie Babcock catching. As a freshman last year, runners were ill-advised to try to swipe a base on Babcock, lest they be gunned down.

A much-needed lively arm on the SHS fastpitch scene this season belongs to freshman Megan Anderson, who has been turning heads in practice and will be acting in a relief role for Littlefield.

Fergus said there is strong infield leadership in juniors Mandy Humphries and Krista Beers at third base and shortstop, respectively.

The Spartans have a good fit at first base in senior Sadie Baines.

The season commences at 4 p.m. Friday when Graham-Kapowsin visits the Spartan diamond.

More in Sports

White River among favorites for team title

The boys wrestling team claimed the regional championship last weekend

Top gymnasts primed for state

Sumner, White River and Enumclaw athletes will be heading to sate this year.

Playoff hoops: some still alive, others ousted at districts

White River girls, Enumclaw boys still in the mix

List of nation’s top female wrestlers includes Plateau trio

Payton Stroud, Kenzie Cormier and Dreakeanna Adair are listed in national rankings.

Area athletes make it official, sign with collegiate programs

Students who signed letters of intent included Tre Weed of Sumner High, Annabelle Hall of White River High, and Teagan Eldridge of Enumclaw High.

Plenty of Plateau champions in weekend wrestling

The Hornets and Panthers did well in last week’s subregional tourneys.

District tourneys next for local hoop squads

Check out who’s in and who’s out for postseason play this year.

White River trio chosen for all-state volleyball series

Megan Vandegrift, Keegan Strobeck and Hope Baldyga are part of the all-state team.

Former Hornet Keenan Fagan an NAIA All-American

The former Hornet, who just completed his junior season at Rocky Mountain College, was named an NAIA first-team defensive back when All-America squads were announced by the American Football Coaches Association.

Panthers, Spartans earn Shootout wins

Presented by the U.S. Army, the all-day hoop festival featured eight games. The White River girls kicked things off with a 9 a.m. contest against Bishop Blanchet; at 3:30 p.m., the Bonney Lake boys challenged Kentlake; and at 8:30 the Sumner boys played the finale against Seattle Christian.

EHS senior nets WIAA honor

Enumclaw High’s Kaden Anderson was named a WIAA Athlete of the Week.

Two from Class of ‘91 bound for Enumclaw High School Hall of Fame

Two more names from Enumclaw High’s illustrious sporting past will soon be added to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.