7 returning starters bolster Glacier PeakGrizzlies new coach encouraged by team’s all-around talent
A young Glacier Peak softball team under a new head coach is holding its own in the Wesco 4A.
The Grizzlies, who moved up to 4A this season, are tied for fourth in the league with a 3-3 record (4-5 overall). Glacier Peak dropped down in the standings after recent losses to Lake Stevens (7-3 on Friday, April 14) and Monroe (14-4 on Tuesday, April 18). The Grizzlies were coming off two of their best offensive performances of the season. Glacier Peak defeated Mariner 28-3 and blanked Cascade 18-0.
“We have a talented bunch of girls who are connecting really well,” new coach Stefanie Celix said. “We’re hitting the ball really well and defensively, we are coming together and starting to play as one unit.”
Celix was the Grizzlies junior varsity coach for six years prior to being promoted to the head position. While Celix knows her players well, she and her coaching staff are getting to know the different teams in the Wesco 4A, who are all new to Glacier Peak.
“We had no history with these teams,” Celix said.
Glacier Peak should have a better idea of the opposition, as the first half of the regular season wraps up this week and rematches with league rivals start on Monday, April 24 with Mount Vernon.
The Grizzlies returned only two seniors and three juniors with the rest of the squad composed of sophomores and freshmen. Youth, however, doesn’t mean inexperience. Glacier Peak brings back seven starters from last season.
Sophomore Kendall Curtis handles most of the pitching duties with junior Bella MacMillian and senior Ashley Slemmons also available to throw.
“We have solid pitchers,” Celix said. “Generally, Kendall is our starter.”
MacMillian also is a versatile utility player, who at comfortable in the infield or outfield. Curtis is one of the team’s strongest hitters. Junior Megan Parsley and freshman Kiley Hubby platoon at catcher. The infield is anchored by sophomore shortstop Harlee Carpentar.
“We’ve got great talent,” Celix said. “I want to make sure they are strong from start to finish.”