The GACA Class AAAA No. 8 Lady War Eagles (2-4) would like to end the streak of first-round playoff exits the team is currently on.
Marist made it to the Elite Eight six times in 11 seasons from 1999 through 2009. The Lady War Eagles have exited the playoffs after the first round each of the last two seasons.
“Tradition is certainly on my mind, on coach (Jerry) Novac’s mind and on the girls’ minds,” Mike Trapani said. “The ones who have been here for a while and had sisters play here know that is unacceptable because we have the talent to do better than that.”
Trapani said he does not make getting further in the playoffs a focus right now, but he does talk about it with his team.
“We want to get over that hump this year,” he said.
Trapani and the Lady War Eagles will have several new opponents because of the GHSA reclassification.
Chamblee is the lone remaining region foe in Region 6AAAA, Div. A. Gone are Lakeside and Dunwoody and Southwest DeKalb from Div. B.
Trapani said he is familiar with some of the teams from previous seasons in the region, but the statewide picture is a mystery to him. He said he would start worrying about that when the playoffs get closer.
Trapani said he will rely on a few three-year starters for leadership on what he calls a young team.
“I have two three-year starters in Kendall Chadwick and Taylor Bradley that certainly bring a lot of leadership to the team,” Trapani said.
The squad has three seniors, six juniors and five sophomores.
“The nucleus of our team is in the junior class,” Trapani said. “We are a young team, but they have played some. They can’t use youth as an excuse.”
Trapani said both of the pitchers he uses are sophomores this season.
“They have been through the war for a year, so they are not babies anymore,” he said. “I expect big things out of Liv Kiely and Grace Packer. They are both seasoned veterans even though they are only sophomores.”