Most of the big names are back as the Mount Si softball team reloads this spring.
Familiar leaders, like seniors Mickey Blad, Lauren Smith and Tamarra Crowe, and experienced younger players like Celine Fowler, Paige Weatherbee, Nikki and Jenny Carroll, Rachael Picchena and Britney Stevens, bring strong potential.
Smith, at center field the eyes and vocal brain of the team, has been a varsity player all four years of high school.
She works hard: "I like to push myself on the field, and academically," says Smith. She wants to push that hard-working philosophy to the whole Wildcat gang.
"I want to see us grow athletically, and as people," says Smith. "This team's chemistry just keeps getting better."
Crowe, at shortstop, wants to achieve, wants her own batting skills to grow, and most of all, wants that state title.
"I want to make sure everyone knows what they're doing, help everyone out, and be a leader on the infield."
A newcomer to the team is senior Courtney Wilhelm, experienced from the Woodinville Rain club team.
Head coach Larry White, back for his 13th season, found a spot for her, for which Wilhelm is grateful. She plays softball because it's fun, and different.
"Of all the sports I've played, softball has the best sense of humor and the best attitude toward the game," Wilhelm says.
"It means a lot for you to be accepted in this program," says Smith, a team co-captain. "Coach is looking for more than just good athletes. He likes sportsmanship, chemistry… and good athletes."
You can follow the team here.
Mount Si Softball Schedule
Tuesday, March 19
• Mount Si hosts Juanita, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 21
• Mount Si at Interlake, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
• Mount Si at Sammamish, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28
• Mount Si hosts Lake Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 29
• Mount Si at Inglemoor, 6 p.m.
Monday, April 1
• Mount Si hosts Bellevue, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2
• Mount Si at Mercer Island, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 8
• Mount Si at Liberty, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9
• Mount Si at Juanita, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16
• Mount Si hosts Interlake, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18
• Mount Si hosts Sammamish, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23
• Mount Si at Lake Washington, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 25
• Mount Si at Bellevue, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30
• Mount Si hosts Mercer Island, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2
• Mount Si hosts Liberty, 4:30 p.m.