Lady Panthers look to take next step

By Eric Pittman
The Choctaw Plaindealer

Coach Sarah Skidmore is in her second year as the head coach for French Camp Academy slow-pitch softball team and is looking

forward to taking the next step as a program. They finished second in their district last year with expectations of getting over the hump and capturing the district title in the 2014-15 season.
“We have two seniors, two juniors, two sophomores, and two freshmen returning from last year’s team,” Skidmore said. “From my seniors, I expect leadership. I am looking for them to step up, take the leadership role, and lead the team. I want the team to come together, have each others back, and show support for one another.”
The key matchup this coming season will be against Ethel High School. They have been battling them for the district title the past couple of seasons and Skidmore is expecting her team to unite and capture the crown.
“It seems to always come down to us or them for the district championship,” she said. “Our key is to keep our heads in the game the entire time and focus on the task at hand.”
It is not a small task but the Lady Panthers have taken necessary steps to make sure they are ready to perform at their peak.
“For the first time this summer we did weight training,” Skidmore said.. “To my knowledge, it is the first time they have done the training here at French Camp. We also did reaction time drills to improve our reaction to the ball.”
The French Camp Lady Panthers are hoping the hard work and preparation pays off and rewards them with a district championship and hopefully a deep run in the MHSAA Class 1A State Playoffs.
FCA is set to open the 2014 season on Aug. 16 at the Kosciusko Tournament.