First of all, congratulations to the Copiah Academy Lady Colonels for winning a fifth state title.
You may recall a few weeks ago that I made the prediction that Copiah Academy would win a fourth straight state fastpitch title this year and that Co-Lin would win the state juco football title (Game Time Magazine, August 17, “No bull – Wolfpack, Lady Colonels will win state”). As I talked to Copiah coach Terry Bauer on Tuesday morning, he surrendered to me that he’s done his part, and its up to Co-Lin head football coach Glenn Davis to do his. We shared a chuckle over that one.
The truth is, Bauer and assistant coach Kevin Roos have developed a championship program at Copiah that has been sustained by the student-athletes of whom they teach. This year’s squad was full of talented young ladies – including seven seniors who had won a state title every year since they were old enough to be on the varsity squad – who have listened to and responded to Bauer and Roos from the first day they stepped on the softball field. They are all on the same page.
The two juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen on the team played just as important roles as the seven seniors. They pitched, they hit, they ran bases, scored runs and played defense, just like the seniors. And, they also practiced every single day, as well. The result of all the relentless work and long hours is another state title. That’s how it goes when you’re a winner.
So, I’d like to thank coach Bauer, coach Roos and the Lady Colonels for seeing that I was at least half right. Co-Lin currently stands at 3-2 and can ill afford to lose another south division game to stay in the playoff hunt. Perhaps the Wolfpack, like the Lady Colonels, have hit their bumps in the road are preparing to close out the season on a roll.