The 2014 fall softball season is still more than two months away, but the Boulder High softball team had a pretty inspiring moment this past Saturday.
Members of the team gathered together to prepare their newly renovated field and clean up the shed and dugout areas in lieu of a camp the Panthers host every summer. It was the first time the team had been able to set foot on the field since the floods of last September completely destroyed it.
Now, it looks quite beautiful, with new turf, a near flawless infield and a bright purple wall.
“We’re just trying to get our field back, and it takes an army and a full day,” said head coach Susan Guegan. “Once we get it there, then it’s just maintaining. BVSD did a really great job of ordering us everything we needed that got ruined, and now it’s just straightening things out.
“The bases got ruined … that’s a big job. We’ll get new dugouts and a new scoreboard is coming in at some point.”
The new field foreshadows Boulder’s new start in a lot of ways.
“It’s a whole new season for us, and we’re getting a big influx of new players this year,” Guegan said. We’re going to 4A, and hopefully there’s just a new energy about us. Hopefully we’ll be able to compete in 4A.”
Meanwhile, this week will be about teaching. The Girls of Summer camp, which brings instruction to girls from third to eighth grade, is the event the Panthers consider the kickoff to their season.
GRABAU & COMPANY WIN FIRST MAY MADNESS: The first BVSD May Madness hoops tournament came to a close on Sunday with fireworks, as the finale between Grabau & Company and the LateKnights turned out to be pretty close throughout.
In the end, Grabau & Company defended their “home” courts with a 56-50 win over the Fairview alumni squad at BHS. Grabau & Company cruised to a 30-point win in the semifinals, while the LateKnights squeaked out a 67-65 win over the Fish Hooks in the other semifinal.
The winning team consisted of Chase Grabau, Riley Grabau, Mike Chiang, Josh Mitchell and Jobi Wall.