SIBLEY — The Lakeside High School baseball and softball teams are both looking forward to their upcoming seasons, and hoping their young players rise to the occasion.
Warrior baseball coach Bob Gray hopes to see quick improvement.
"We are extremely young and have struggled in our scrimmages so far," he said. "I expect us to improve rapidly when the season starts and we have game type situations."
The Warriors have two seniors in Chase Woodall and Cameron Corley and Gray expects his team to lean on them.
"Chase is a three year starter at catcher and Cameron is a three year starter at pitcher and center field," he said. "We are going to need their leadership to get over the hump and become a ball team that is in line with the standards that we are accustomed to."
Despite being a young team, the Warriors do have some experience.
"Nearly all of our returning players had significant playing time last year," Gray said. "But as far as district goes, (Calvary is the big test) it doesn't matter unless we get over the hump and perform like we should."
The Warriors will take part in the Minden Baseball Jamboree on Saturday. They will play Northwood at 2 p.m. at Griffith Stadium.
Lady Warriors head coach Gary Cooper had a number of players to graduation, and will look to rebuild his squad this year.
"We will be young and inexperienced," he said. "We lost several key players of last year's team."
Returning players that could have an impact for the Lady Warriors include Emily Robinson, Taylor Doss, Allie Maness, Emily Maness, Caitlin Walker and Cassy Monday.
Robinson is working back from a very severe car accident.
"She has worked hard to come back," Cooper said. "Which is the kind of character that will inspire us this season."
Newcomers Madison Mouser and Kendall Williams will also have a chance to make an impact.
Cooper expects Calvary Baptist to be the toughest team in district with most of the other teams close together.
The lady Warriors will play four games next week. Monday they will play at North Webster, Tuesday they will host Jonesboro, Thursday they will travel to Loyola and then will play in the North DeSoto Tournament.