TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Washburn Rural's softball team is using last year's trip to the 6A state tournament as motivation for this year's return visit.
Last year, they entered the tournament undefeated, only to fall in the title tilt. This year, the team's only two losses have been to league-foe Seaman. Coach Brenda Holaday says those defeats helped them refocus and now their mission is to reach the goal that was just out of reach last season.
Holaday says there is no denying the team feels pressure to win, but she says that it's coming from themselves and can be used as a positive force to improve. She says the coaches spend a lot of time reminding the players that it's not necessarily about getting a trophy at the end, but about enjoying the journey with each other.
Senior Kelsee Henry says each team member knows things they can work to improve on each day. She says they motivate each other to reach their goal of winning state.
Washburn Rural is the number two seed in 6A. They face Garden City in Thursday's opening round play in Overland Park.
Hear more from Holaday and Henry in the included video.
Posted by Melissa Brunner