New Faces for GICC Softball

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By Taylor Kilgore

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Updated: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:09:36 CST

Combining four different high schools to field one softball team. It may not seem like the easiest concept, but for the players that make up the new Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders, it's simply finding a way to play and making it happen.

Four different communities all rooting for the same team. Its a new generation of softball at Grand Island Central Catholic in the teams first ever cooperative program.

"We play in Class B and there are a lot of good softball teams in Class B. Last year, numbers wise, we couldn't match up with them. There are kids that want to play high school softball and we had the opportunity to make that happen so it's a win win for both sides." said head coach Brock Culler.

Softball players from Wood River, Heartland Lutheran and Doniphan Trumbull will be wearing Crusader jerseys this season.

"I thought in the beginning that getting these schools all together and making it all work was going to be a challenge but these kids are what I call softball junkies. They just want to play softball, they are not interested in all the extra stuff." Culler said.

"I think we all have a lot of love for the game and a lot of excitement that will be expressed and shown throughout the season." said junior shortstop Cierra Huxtable.

And it's working. The crusaders dominated their first game of the season beating Columbus Lakeview 11-0.

Win or lose, this team will cherish their time on the diamond.

"We want to work our hardest and get better as a team, it's not always about winning. We want to make each other better everyday and we are just going to work hard until we reach our goal." said sophomore catcher Lauren Reilly.

Next, the Crusaders will play St. Paul this Monday.