CHESTERTOWN-The female athletes at North Warren High School are known for their grit and determination, and this year's softball team exhibits these traits.
The 2010 field hockey team, ranked dead last pre-season, fought all the way to the top of the league, won a co-championship and competed hard all the way to the Sectional finals. The 2011 softball team shares this spirit. The team is anchored by Morgan Tennyson, considered one of the best catchers in the Adirondack League. Tennyson is well-known as a true leader, having exhibited powerful savvy performance since she was in Little League, Coach Shannon Phelps said.
"Morgan runs the field - she keeps everybody in the game," Phelps said, noting the three-year Varsity player is expert at catching pop-ups as well as serving as one of the team's power hitters.
Tossing to Tennyson in 2011 will be Charissa Cronk as the number-one pitcher, backed up by the deep, talented staff of Brittany Tschirhart, Kiera Warner, Abby Bruce, Heather Miller and Tia Needham.
Phelps noted that Cronk is pretty strong, quick and accurate, and the others have substantial talent too.
The team has a focused attitude toward defense, and they're working to further develop their slugging talent, Phelps said.
While the Cougar teams are traditionally hampered by the school's small enrollment, the softball program is steadily improving, with their season record looking better year after year, Phelps said.
"This group of players works particularly well together," she said. "They not only have talent, they've got great team unity."