Ty Goetz, head softball coach and also the head boys baseball coach and the assistant basketball coach, said he expected a rebuilding season ahead for the Lady Cubs. Goetz has 18 on the squad at present and hopes to see as many as 24 when the season got underway.
Last year's team finished the season with a 17-8 record. Goetz said the team's main pitcher was hurt in district play, impacting the season's outcome.
Players have participated in a summer league to hone their skills. Practice for the regular season will begin on Aug. 9 in a two-a-day format. Monett's first game will be on Aug. 24 against Ash Grove. The team will play up to 28 games, mostly in August and September.
Goetz expected his squad would be competitive. An All-District pitcher would be back. An incoming sophomore pitcher also shows promise. The toughest teams on the schedule this year are Carl Junction, Lamar and Cassville, according to Goetz.
The future of the softball program is promising, Goetz said. The 12-and-under team from Monett advancing to national competition shows a strong line-up for future years.
Courtney Goetz, the cheerleading sponsor, said the cheerleading program at the high school has grown and improved. The program now has activities scheduled for 11 months, giving students a break for academics in April.
There are 12 girls on the cheerleading team, selected during tryouts in March. Goetz, a Missouri Southern State University graduate, has MSSU colleagues judge auditions to pick team members.
All the cheerleaders, Goetz said, are good students and athletes. While cheerleading may not be considered a sport, Goetz said her squad trains with weights and works hard to represent the school well. Cheerleaders attend a summer camp, run by college programs.
Cheerleaders compete on a regional level, where the top five teams advance to state judging at the University of Missouri. This summer Monett took third place at regionals after taking first place the previous year and having half the squad graduate.
Kiwanis President Randy Henderson presided at the meeting. David Steward was the program chairman.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.