Evart standout will prepare for final season
EVART -- Deanna Conklin provides Evart athletics with plenty of veteran experience, but has a year left of high school eligibility.
But Conklin, like her teammastes on Evart's softball team, was hoping for a 2020 high school season. It was canceled because of the conoravirus issue.
"I'm just grateful I have another year," Conklin said.
Conklin also played for the Evart volleyball team in the fall. But coach Amanda Brown pointed out out she and other girls put in a lot of offseason work on softball.
"We did a lot of hitting after school and were in the weight room to prepare for the season," Conklin said.
This would have been Conklin's third year of softball in high school and third overall. She usually played shortstop or second base. She most likely would have played those positions again, this spring.
"I have a good arm," she said.
Conklin said her best batting average would have been around .300.
"Keeping your eye on the ball and having your timing down," is the key for her having hitting success, Conklin said.
If there had been an Evart softball team this spring, "I felt we could have gotten farther than we did last year," Conklin said, adding there were a lot of returning Wildcat players.
As for her immediate plans, "I'll be working out and getting stronger," Conklin said, "and working more with my team to make sure we have a good bond."