The Lady Cougars are brimming with confidence.
Most of the girls on Wallowa High School's softball team have been a part of its success. The past two springs, the young group advanced to the state championship playoffs. Last year, the Cougars won in the first round and went as far as the quarterfinals. District coaches voted six of Wallowa's players all-stars. Five of them are back for this season.
"We've got a pretty well-rounded team," coach Rob Burns said. "This should be a strong season."
The pitching staff is loaded with proven throwers. Senior Angela Burns, junior Kuulei Delatori and sophomore Baylee Shelton made the honor roll. Senior Meagan McKenzie returns to the circle after missing last season, while she was on the Chief Joseph Days court. Sophomore Justine English adds depth to the pitching rotation.
Wallowa has a talented batting lineup. Senior Megan Goller and junior McKenzie Shelton were all-stars. Junior Kyrie Weaver transformed into a slugger midway through the season, when she began wearing her glasses. Senior Dani Roberts and junior Johni Lotze also return for last year.
Meanwhile, the Cougars added several new faces. Seniors include Anna Chrisman, Joanne Surber and McKenzie Lindsey. Junior Kylie Quinby also joined the team, along with three freshmen: Samantha Johnston, Mikayla Frei and Effie Burns.
This season will begin April 3, when the Lady Cougars travel to Adrian.