By MURRAY BISHOFF
Monett High School girls softball coach Ty Goetz discussed the school sports program at a recent meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club.
Goetz talked about how his teams have improved over his three-year tenure. His first season had a record of 16-18, and last year his squad had a 13-13 mark. Heading into district play, the team had won 17 and lost seven.
Goetz has been with the Monett School District for six years. His wife, Courtney, also serves as the high school cheerleader sponsor.
Early in the season, Monett had only two losses. Goetz pointed to Monett's 7-6 win over Republic in nine innings as one of the squad's best performances.
The key to success, Goetz said, is teaching the players to go into every game with the attitude that they are going to win.
Play has improved in every category as the 2009 season progressed. Players have cut down on strikeouts, and hitting and baserunning has improved the offense. Last year Monett had 13 stolen bases. For the regular season, the team had topped 30.
There are 21 girls on the team, Goetz said, including six freshmen. Leadership from the seniors has helped direct the squad. Road games and tournaments have become the proving ground for success.
Before the season began, the players collectively set goals for the season, Goetz said. They set their sights on bettering last year's record, and winning both the district and Big 8 Conference titles.
Goetz was introduced by Dr. John Jungmann, the acting club program chairman. Vice President Frank Washburn presided over the meeting.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets weekly at noon for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.