Sherwood hopes to make some noise in NWOC play

SHERWOOD — They’ve been putting in the hard work.

They have the leadership and team chemistry.

Now, the Lady Bowmen are looking to turn that all into a successful season.

The Sherwood High School softball team is boasting with some high hopes as it gets ready to jump into Northwest Oregon Conference DAN BROOD - IN THE INFIELD -- Sophomore Katie Zook should be a key returnee for the Lady Bowmen.

“We are setting out strong with a talented group of hard-working athletes,” Sherwood coach Jenny Highberger said. “The team has a great mixture of new and returning players along with some solid leadership.”

Sherwood has some key returning players — who gained valuable experience a year ago — from last year’s squad that went 3-11 in NWOC play and 5-16 on the season.

Among the returnees are senior outfielder Talea Stashin, senior pitcher Adri Sietz and junior first baseman Hannah Zweig, who will serve as team captains.

Zweig was an honorable mention All-NWOC pick last year as an outfielder.

Other returnees for the Lady Bowmen include junior outfielder Emily Barnes, junior third baseman Riley Hopp, junior second baseman Emma Muller, junior pitcher Amanda Dwornicki, sophomore outfielder Grace McClain, sophomore third baseman/outfielder Katie Zook, sophomore shortstop Allie Kuntz, sophomore catcher Megan Adams and sophomore utility player Jolee Musselman. Zook was an honorable mention all-league pick as an infielder last year.

Among the newcomers to the team is freshman Emily Carlson, who should add to the Lady Bowmen’s pitching depth.

Other varsity newcomers include sophomore second baseman Alex Newman, sophomore outfielder Emily Krause, freshman pitcher Kaylee Smith, freshman shortstop Jayde Henry-Anderson and freshman third baseman/outfielder Jessica Ahtoon.

“Team chemistry should be strong, as many of the girls have played together for several years and have knowledge of what it takes to be successful,” Highberger said. “The Lady Bowmen have many high academic achievers who are committed and dedicated to excellence both inside and out of the classroom.”

Sherwood, which has mainly played Class 6A teams in non-league games, moved to 2-9 on the season with a 6-2 loss to Clackamas in a non-league game played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.

The Lady Bowmen will open NWOC play on Friday when they host St. Helens in a game set to start at 5 p.m. at Sherwood High School.

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