by Amanda Downs and Brandon Hollis, Staff Writers
Photos by NU Marketing Department & Dale Garvey
For the first time beginning this school year, Northwest University Athletics has introduced Women’s Softball to the varsity lineup! After numerous amounts of planning, preparation, and anticipation, the Women’s Softball team recently began training for their first season.
The team has high expectations for the season and is very excited to represent NU. The team came away with their first wins in NU softball history after playing a double header against Walla Walla University on February 15th.
We asked Head Coach, John Bacon, what the team hoped to accomplish in the first year and he shared about the team’s philosophy: “This first year is about building the culture and traditions of a program that will outlast all of us. I firmly believe that the athletes who make up the first team in the history of the university are those that are meant to be here to accomplish greatness.”
There is a lot going on behind the scenes of the game as well.
Ashley Curtis, Lauren Robinson, and Amy Timm comment on how they feel about participating in the first ever softball team at Northwest: “We all feel honored to be a part of something that is brand new. We hope to establish a basic groundwork for the legacy we want to leave.”
The team is young, consisting of mostly freshmen athletes, but this provides a great opportunity for some groundwork to be made for the softball program.
Curtis, Robinson, and Timm stated: “We want to start our own traditions and be the best team that has ever played the game. Even though we are young, we have an awesome opportunity to start a strong program.”
This mindset, as well as the goals the team has established, is an incredible insight into the make up of this team andhow ambitious they are both as individuals and a group.
Demonstrating that the team has a broad outlook for their future in building the softball program, Coach Bacon emphasized the importance of developing strong players “not only on the softball field, but in every aspect of their lives. If we have one goal this year,” he said, “it is to help the athletes see the greatness they possess and to give them a chance to be great.”
With the encouragement and leadership from their coach, the team is ready and more than willing to put their all into the game.
“We are a close-knit, well-rounded group of girls. We are a family on and off the field and we are so blessed to be a part of a community at NU playing a game that we love,” say Curtis, Robinson and Timm.
Coach Bacon gives the final word by uplifting his players: “Having the opportunity to work with such amazing athletes is truly an honor.”
Come support NU softball and cheer on our Lady Eagles!
Stay up-to-date on upcoming home games:
March 8th at 1pm playing Corban University
March 9th at 11am playing Northwest Christian University
March 22nd at 1pm playing Eastern Oregon University
March 23rd at 11am playing The College of Idaho
March 27th at 1pm playing Lewis and Clark College