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Since taking over as manager for Northglenn softball program in 2016, former Mountain Range assistant Molly Huffman has led the Lady Norse to winning seasons every year. But after being eliminated for the second year in a row during the 5A regionals last year, the Lady Norse hope to break that barrier into the state playoffs in 2019.
Seven seniors have vacated the program, but four come back with a chip on their shoulder heading into the fall. Led by Sidney Wilson, Viviana Caldera, Sydney Kerr and Bridget Sais, Huffman anticipates the team to go as these seniors do.
“They are really going to have to step up and be leaders on and off the field,” Huffman said in a phone interview. “I think they are all definitely going to be able to handle it.”
The seniors, however, aren’t the only ones expected to contribute with a couple of open roster spots present after last year’s graduating class. Lindsey Sais and Nevaeh Rodriguez made the varsity squad as freshmen last year and are expected to make a leap from year one to two. Their impacts and the talented incoming freshman class anticipate helping the cause of what was lost.
Hoping to back up another successful season in conference play (8-1 last year), a top-heavy 5A/4A East Metro Conference provides quite the challenge in Brighton (9-0 in conference), Prairie View (7-2) and Westminster (6-3). The lone conference loss last season came to Brighton, 15-3, as Northglenn outscored the rest of their conference opponents a combined, 138-13 (17.25 runs per game). Keeping the team even-keeled is a must for Huffman as the disparity of the talent in the conference most likely will remain the same.
Under Huffman’s tender, the energetic manager has yet to take her team to the state playoffs, and when asked about it, she said, “It’s always a goal of mine.” However, no matter what happens this season and moving forward, she’s proud of being apart of the Northglenn community.
“I’m very excited to get things rolling. It’s hard to explain to people who don’t understand high school softball in Colorado that Northglenn is so rich in history and tradition that plays right into that. I’m always excited to see what we can do. With that sometimes comes heartaches, which is fine, and I’ll take that with how fun and how awesome the kids I get in my program are. I truly believe that taking these kiddos and putting them in the program is amazing. I can’t ever say enough about what it means to me and how fun it is to be a part of it.”
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