The Washington Times-Herald

Local Sports

October 11, 2012

Cougars set record

ELNORA —

ELNORA — Entering a first-year of coaching can be a tricky business, even if you’ve been around the block like Rebecca Hays at North Daviess.

Hays took the reins of the volleyball Cougars after serving as an assistant to Ruthanne Burkhart, and knew the foundation for a good season had been laid.

“She (Ruthanne) really focused on the fundamentals,” Hays said. She built our passing, and once that was there, the hitting could begin from there.”

That foundation turned into a record-setting season for the Cougars who enter this evening’s home match with Pike Central with a 22-10 mark — the most wins in a single season for a North Daviess team.

“I expected a good season from them,” Hays said of her Cougars. “I expected it because I knew their potential.”

Hays said the team had a meeting at the midway point of the season to look at their matches remaining, potential victories, and what goals might be reasonable.

“I wanted them to look at the way we had to play and how many games we really wanted to win,” Hays said. “Obviously, you want to win every time you play, but I wanted them to set a goal that was realistic. They’ve pushed for that since. I think once we set a goal, they started to hold themselves to a standard. So far, they have done that.”

That goal happens to 23 wins. While the team has set the single-season record for the number of wins, that 23 total is yet to be met. The opportunity comes against the Chargers.

“We’re still hoping to get there,” Hays said. “We’re working to get that goal.”

Not wanting to forget the goal, North Daviess set a reminder of that 23-win mark in the locker room to see every day.

“They wrote down the number of wins we needed to get the goal,” Hays said. “After each win, they wrote one less win. It’s the first thing they see when they go in. It has served as a constant reminder of what they wanted this season.”

The Cougar coach believes her team is on the verge of that goal, playing as a team. She really doesn’t have one or two players the team must have each night to play well. Working together has been key.

“Our senior leadership has been good (Cari Jo Wilson, Larynda Keith, Alexis Brewer and Janae Wagler), but there really isn’t just one or two players we have to look to,” Hays said.

“They are really a team. They’re sisters with a real chemistry. They have fun together.”

With the one match left, the Cougars will prepare for their match against Barr-Reeve next week to open the Loogootee Class A Sectional Oct. 18. The state-ranked Vikings and Loogootee will be favored before the tournament begins.

“When the kids saw the draw they said we would probably have to beat Barr-Reeve to have a chance to win the sectional,” Hays said. “We really haven’t talked much about the sectional yet, because we had three matches this week. So, they said if we have to do that, we might as well get to it right out of the gate.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • SPT-WT-041914-LHS_WHS01 Loogootee defeats Washington, 16-6 LOOGOOTEE -- In the game of softball, a good offensive attack doesn't always mean the number of hits you can record, but rather the patience you can show at the plate. Loogootee used a big second inning to defeat Washington 16-6 in six innings due i

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Friday's Sports Briefs Hatchets beat Lions LOOGOOTEE -- The Washington girls tennis team defeated Loogootee 3-2 Thursday afternoon. Loogootee won the first two singles matches with Emily Bateman defeating Chelsee Brown 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4 and Erin Nelson defeating Audrey Rog

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041714-JAKE BEDWELL PIC Hatchets get first win over Loogootee LOOGOOTEE -- The Loogootee baseball team had its chance to get back to .500 and pick up its fifth win of the season, but instead the visiting Washington Hatchets flipped the script to get their first win of the season. The Hatchets (1-4) scored four

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports Briefs Vikings beat Cardinals MONTGOMERY -- The Barr-Reeve girls tennis team defeated Washington Catholic, 5-0. Allison Hoover beat Macy Kane at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-0), Melody Rohrer beat Claire Burch at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-1) and at No. 3 singles, Beth

    April 17, 2014

  • Area girls tennis teams strive for sectional championship Spring is here and that means we have traded snow showers for almost daily thunderstorms, but the temperatures have warmed up and the girls tennis season is in full swing. Washington, Washington Catholic, North Daviess, Loogootee and Barr-Reeve all f

    April 17, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041614-BrianHughes Hughes named District 3 Coach of the Year Bryan Hughes has been coaching basketball for more than half of his life, he's received numerous accolades for his team's success, but one award in particular still brings him great pride. For the third time, Barr-Reeve's Bryan Hughes has been named

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area Athletic Postponements

    All Barr-Reeve and Washington athletic events for Tuesday were postponed due to inclement weather. Loogootee track and junior varsity baseball were also postponed. North Daviess baseball, girls tennis and boys golf still will go on as planned.

    April 15, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041514-Hatchet CCOV golf WHS 4th at Vincennes Invitational VINCENNES -- The Hatchets finished with one of their top performances in several years Saturday in the Vincennes Invitational. Their team score of 327 was good for an overall finish in fourth place in the 18-team event. Tournament favorite Vincennes

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-WT-041114-LHS_ND02 Nolley tosses 2nd straight no hitter in win LOOGOOTEE -- Over the first six games to start the baseball season, Loogootee (3-3) has struggled with consistency from its pitching staff. The lone exception would be southpaw Gabe Nolley. Nolley threw his second straight no hitter during Thursday

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barr-Reeve wins opener at WHS Barr-Reeve was rusty in the field and at the plate, but Lucas Graber took care of the rest. The Vikings (1-0) defeated Washington (0-1) Wednesday night at the Sports Complex behind a complete game shut out from Graber. The Vikings and Hatchets ente

    April 10, 2014