Anchorage, AK (KTUU) New season. New teams. That's the mindset for most high school softball teams as they get set to begin the 2018 season.
For South softball, being the back to back defending state champions adds a little bit of pressure, but they're focusing on getting the basics correct in order to be successful.
"We have eight freshman on varsity, but they're good freshman, they've been playing together since they were 12 on comp teams," South head softball coach Joe White said. "So they have a lot of experience and we're just going day by day and working on the basics."
The Wolverines said goodbye to nine seniors last year, and while many view them as a young team, South has expectations they are not going to stray from.
"We're not trying to be cocky, but we're definitely trying to have a good attitude about winning," South junior catcher Maddie Ayers said. "And we expect to win because we work hard and we expect to go to state because we work hard."
Dimond softball is also positive about this season, looking to build off it's third place finish last season.
Led by a group of seniors, the Lynx feel they've really come together and are in a position to do damage this year.
"We've just gotten better and better, and so we're hoping that this will be our peak year," Dimond senior Megan Luther said. "Hopefully make it to the state championship game, which I'm pretty confident we will. And the state title is our goal this year so hopefully we'll end the season with that."
The high school season begins on Friday, April 20th.