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.”
- Local News
Getting ready for the Journey
Members of the New Hope Christian Church are preparing for "The Journey", an interactive "trip" that will lead guests to Bethlehem on the same path taken by Mary and Joseph. More than 2,000 people are expected to take part in the event this weekend o
- Community Calendar
- Thursday's Area Briefs
- Washington Nursing Center serves breakfast at Towers
- County officials look at changes for tax abatements
- Getting ready for the Journey
Naomi 'Joy' Payne
Naomi "Joy" Payne, 53, died at 12:54 p.m. Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital. Born Dec. 2, 1960, in Washington, she was the daughter of June (Colvert) and John Cissell Sr. She attended Washington High School and was the church secretary and children's
- Martha 'Marty' Green
- Marjorie A. Fleetwood
- Ruth Johnson
- Naomi 'Joy' Payne
- Local Sports
Bengals throw cold water on Colts AFC South title parade
CINCINNATI -- It snowed before Sunday's game at Paul Brown Stadium and drizzled afterward. In between, the Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) rained points on a stumbling Indianapolis Colts defense en route to a 42-28 victory that clinched a key tiebreaker for
- Seattle is the class of the NFC
- Area basketball games postponed due to weather
- Lions drop fourth straight game
- Hatchets down Lady Vikes at Kavanaugh Kourt
- Bengals throw cold water on Colts AFC South title parade
- Community News
Clark family holds reunion
The descendants of Owen and Malinda Clark met for their 67th family gathering on Thanksgiving Day at the Blue Jean Center in Monroe City. Those in attendance were Don and Vera Clark, Denise, Shannon, Alyson and Audrey Rogers, Bill Fischer, Donna, Tim
- Allen family holds reunion
- Area Briefs
- Ways to help others
- Community Calendar
- Clark family holds reunion
- The "Z" Watch
Harvard study finds diet changes gut bacteria within a day
A change in diet quickly alters the types of bacteria living in the human gut, a finding that suggests this rapid adaptability to different foods can be used to control illnesses tied to stomach microbes, researchers said.
December 11, 2013
- Personal genetic tests face sharper scrutiny after 23andMe
- Minnesota college student survives night on porch in subzero temperatures
- Harvard study finds diet changes gut bacteria within a day
- State News
Bird statue to be unveiled in Terre Haute
Serving double duty as a baseball infielder for the American League's Toronto Blue Jays and basketball guard for Brigham Young University, 20-year-old Danny Ainge found time in March 1979 to drive from Provo, Utah, to Salt Lake City to catch an in-pe
- Pence announces school safety grants
- Coats returns home to listen to Hoosiers
- Bird statue to be unveiled in Terre Haute