in volleyball. Now its spring and the Tigers are fielding two more teams capable of long tournament runs – track and softball.
This fall the Tigers cross country team won the D-III girls title. That act was followed by the basketball team going 28-0 and rolling to the D-III basketball title. Versailles also made the D-III regional final in volleyball.
Now its spring and the Tigers are fielding two more teams that could both potentially make long tournament runs – track and softball.
Last year the track team finished third in D-III at the state track meet and Tiger coach Mike Goubeaux has seven returning state qualifiers. With talent in almost every event, Goubeaux is looking for big things in 2008.
“We are looking good depth-wise and with the talent we have returning,” Goubeaux said. “Hopefully we will make a run at the MAC title, district title and so on.”
Goubeaux does have one big challenge, finding a way to replace the almost guaranteed first place points from Amanda Barlage. Now at Indiana State, Barlage was the state champion in the pole vault and replacing her will not be easy.
“Our field events have been our saving grace in a lot of meets,” Goubeaux said. “A state champion is not easily replaced, but we are strong in all five of the field events.”
Goubeaux’s search for field event points begins with Megan Campbell and Christine Borchers.
As a freshman Campbell was fifth at state in the high jump. Borchers is looking to reach the podium in both the shot put and discuss.
“Megan needs to come back from the basketball injury, but she is a great
athlete,” Goubeaux said. “Christine has been looking real strong on both (implements).”
Using the field events as his anchor, Goubeaux will be looking to get some more points on the oval. Leading that charge is middle distance runner Mary Prakel. A cross country standout, she will be the anchor.
“Our mid-distance led by Mary Prakel will be our strength,” Goubeaux said. “In the long distance we have both of our state qualifiers back.”
Track isn’t the only winning spring sport in Versailles. Last year the Tigers’ softball team made it to the district final.
Led by second year coach Phil Cavin, the Tigers have the parts needed for a solid run – good pitching, strong defense up the middle and solid hitting.
“We expect to go out and compete every day,” Cavin said. “We have a lot of kids playing and I think we can end up were we did last year at the district and making a run at
the regional. We need to get outs with two outs because last season we had trouble getting out of innings.”
Like she was in basketball, Emily Bohman will be a main ingredient. Last year Bohman moved from the outfield to catcher. This year she has become the team leader off the field, along with being the field general on it.
“Emily has already taken over this team as a leader,” Cavin said. “I am expecting the seniors to take over and she is the one that will be making sure things are straight in the dugout.”
Karen Smith will be play a critical part at the shortstop position and is likely to hit leadoff. A tremendous athlete, Smith will be looking to use her speed to set the table offensively. Defensively, Cavin is looking for her to anchor the infield.
Chelsea Mayer has moved from second to third, but it is her bat that Cavin is counting on. Mayer will hit third in the line up.
Chelsea’s sister Mackenzie Mayer will be the team’s No. 1 starter. She filled that role last year as a sophomore and will be looking for even better things this year.
Said Cavin: “Mackenzie has another year of experience and she is pretty excited to go out and throw and dominate people.”
Dominating opponents is something Versailles has done plenty of already.