October 7, 2003
Chula--Apparently one is not enough for the Tiftarea Lady Panthers. In just their third season of fastpitch softball, the small school from Chula has a chance to win back to back state championships this weekend.
"Where the rubber is going to meet the road is when we cross the chalk line. We're excited about it and we think we have a good shot at it, but we'll just have to wait and see," head coach Darby Veazey said.
It's been another remarkable year for coach Veazy's squad. The Lady Panthers boast a 21 and 2 record, and about the only adjustment they've had to make this season is their mental approach to this weekend's tournament. Unlike last year, this season Tiftarea is the team to beat in AA.
"That's another thing we've talked about all season. It's harder to stay on top than it is to get to the top. But they have proven themselves," Veazey said. "Yeah, I'm feeling pretty confident. We won state last year and we have all the people back. And I'm feeling we have pretty good chances," senior Lindsey Shiver added. "I think we have a really good chance of winning this year. I think we'll do it again," senior Brandi Ruis said.
Most of that confidence stems from the fact that the Lady Panthers have been here before. In fact three of the four teams from last year's finals are back fighting for a crown this year.
"Well I think all of the other teams have been working extremely hard to get to us because we beat them last year. So we know what's out there, and we just expect the best to play against so we're just going to try our best and see what happens," senior shortstop Jennifer Spradley said.
And the Lady Panthers firmly beleive that their best is enough to capture their second state title and more importantly the one of a kind feeling of being a champion.
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