First, it was a winning season. Then, came a first-time berth in the state playoffs.
With spring break over, the North Central softball team needed to get back to winning games after losing two of three, including their first in Region 3-AA play, in the week leading up to having a week off.
In a season of firsts, this is the biggest of them all ... so far.
It just might be time to break out the rabbit's foot, find a four-leaf clover or, taking a page from "Major League," sacrifice a live chicken because doing everything in reverse did not work for North Central baseball coach Robbie Cash.
And then, there was one.
The North Central baseball program will hold a two-day, spring break mini-camp on Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2, in Boonetown.
North Central continued to score runs in bunches and still sits atop the Region 3-AA softball standings after a pair of conference victories over Columbia High and Fairfield Central last week.
For the first time in its brief history, the North Central High School tennis team is above the .500 mark.
There is nothing like hot pitching to warm up a cold night.
This was about as perfect a start as a first-year coach would want for his team.
There is nothing like a win the day after a loss to take that bad taste out of your mouth.
While it was hardly an artistic success, North Central stayed atop the Region 3-AA softball standings with a 31-21 win over visiting Eau Claire in a game played last Friday night in Boonetown.
Usually, non-conference games in the middle of league play is a time for baseball coaches to give their second or third starters and/or relievers some valuable time on the mound.
On a night in which his team committed three first inning errors which led to five Pelion runs while leaving 10 runners on base in a 7-5 loss to the Panthers last Thursday, North Central baseball coach Robbie Cash was not about to let his players take the brunt of the criticism.
North Central opened its softball regular season with a split of its first two contests.
Having picked on and beaten schools their own size, the North Central volleyball team stepped up in class on Monday. The results, however, were the same as they have been throughout this season.
Kicking off their second go-through in Region 4-AA volleyball in the same manner as it did the first half of the campaign, North Central took a 3-0 win over visiting Buford in a Thursday night match played inside The Castle in Boonetown.
There are those victories which you take, put them in the books and move ahead to the next chapter.
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