With no seniors and just one junior out for the sport this year, the present and future is a rebuilding effort for the young and inexperienced Cherokee Washington High softball team.
The varsity newcomers also have a new head coach in former Cherokee player Jessica (Hunecke) Knipple, who returns to her alma-mater to coach the team. She is assisted by her father, volunteer coach Larry Hunecke, and assistant coach Mike Robinson.
Junior Megan Hummel leads the short list of returning letter winners thos season, along with sophomores Danni Roethler and Hope Hoefling, and freshman Emily Haselhoff.
Haselhoff and freshman Brookelyn Hoeppner will do most of the pitching for the team this year, with 8th grader Kaely Hummel also impacting the squad immediately in the infield.
Varsity newcomer Erin Kelley will do much of the catching and sophomore Ariana Smith will man the first base position. Roethler and freshman Grace Teusink will lead a guick batch of outfielders.
"We're young. We have great attitudes and work ethic, and we'll also have great leadership on our team," noted coach Knipple.