The North Tama Lady Redhawks hit the field this week for their first practice of the 2012 season.
The girls will be looking to improve upon their effort from last year, a season in which they finished three games under .500.
The team worked on a variety of drills in the opening week, focusing on the fundamentals and conditioning before the grueling season begins May 22. The ladies participated in fielding drills, shagging fly balls and stopping grounders in the infield. They also took batting practice and worked on bunting. Pitchers and catchers have been working out for some time now, but practice was opened to the entire team beginning May 7.
The girls will be adjusting to the loss of some seniors, as well as their coach. Taking the reins this year will be Superinterndant Bob Cue, who is in his first year at North Tama. He previously filled the same position in Dunkerton.
One of the interesting things to watch this year will be the progress of the juniors who will now step into more prominent leadership roles for the team as seniors. Nicole Schlichting and Sydney Fehr are expected to be an important part of shaping a young team this year.
Fehr has been working at the Iowa State Capitol as a house page, and Schlichting is wrapping up her track season. She set a school record for the girls shot put and will be participating in district and possibly state action in the next few weeks.
The team will also have a good mix of seasoned and inexperienced players, with as many as five juniors and seven sophomores on this year's squad.
The Traer Star-Clipper will provide complete coverage of the Lady Redhawks this season, beginning with their opener on the road against the rival Union Knights, slated for a 5:30 p.m. start on Tuesday, May 22.