EVART — The weather has warmed up in recent weeks for area softball games, making it easier to get some work done.

First-year Evart softball coach Cheryl Speet continues to work with her young squad hoping to help the program eventually be a factor in the Highland Conference.

The Wildcats hit a high mark with a doubleheader sweep over Montabella early in the season and hope to regain the winning momentum as they go through the Highland Conference.

Speet started the season with 13 on her roster and said, at that time, she had three freshmen. The Wildcats also have a JV team.

Speet’s previous varsity coaching experience was as a volleyball coach in Lakeview. She’s a teacher at Evart with sixth- and seventh-grade science. She’s been at the school for 20 years with 11 in the high school and nine in the middle school. She coached travel softball for many years for her daughter’s team.

Speet also coached eighth grade volleyball. She also previously coached JV softball at Evart. She decided to take the varsity spot.

“My kids are all grown up and I’ve got a little more time and I love softball,” she said. “I’m missing it. I missed being a part of the game.”

Speet said she’s familiar with a lot of her players as students.

“We’ll see where it goes,” she said. “I think we have the talent. We have to hone in their skills.”

Evart is at McBain on Friday.