2020 SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Lady Panthers: new coaches, staff for 2020 season

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With spring just around the corner, softball season has sprung. Many changes will be seen on the Maxwell field this year, as the Lady Panthers welcome a new head coach to their program, Colusa resident, Sarah Rogers.

Rogers is no stranger to the field, coming in with three years of coaching experience and decades on the softball field.

“I played four years of softball in high school and 20 in slow pitch,” said Rogers. “I have coached softball for one year in Colusa and two years in Sutter.”

Marc Haywood, of Maxwell, will be Rogers’ assistant coach.

Numbers will be no problem for the Panthers this year as 18 players are signed up to wear the Blue and Gold.

New talent, paired with seasoned players, should make for a competitive season. For the third year running, senior Courtney Wycoff will be returning to third base. Maxwell’s utility player, sophomore Paige Vierra, will play a variety of positions on the field, including pitcher, first base, and centerfield.

New talent will also be welcomed to the mound in the form of freshman Jocelyn Lazarus. Pair that with eleven returning players, and Maxwell has a very well put together team.

“We lost three strong position players last year to graduation, but I feel that we have a strong core group to fill the void,” Haywood said.

Maxwell’s season opener is scheduled on their home field on Feb. 28, against Mt. Shasta, with a 3:30 PM start time.■