OLD TOWN – Even with two-consecutive state championships in their belt, the Old Town Coyotes softball team is trying something new.
“We’re gonna actually have a new theme this year,” head coach Jen Plourde said on Monday, the first day of the spring sports season. “It’s gonna be called ‘one percent.’ All it just means is make sure you’re one percent better every day.”
The good news for Plourde? So far, it’s a message embraced.
“One percent better just means every day you get out there and work your hardest. I guess that means one percent closer to your next goal,” junior pitcher and shortstop Olivia Albert said.
The Coyotes return 10 players this season, five of whom are seniors. One of those is ace McKenna Smith, one of the top talent in Class B North. Smith’s dominance down the stretch last season was crucial in Old Town picking up its second-straight title, and she said she grew from the experience.
“It’s really just learning how to deal under the pressure, and learning different situations and being confident,” Smith said. “Because if you’re not, you can really get on yourself and worry about other people and you know, you just have to stay in the zone and do your thing.”
So with the depth, Old Town can expect to be in the title picture once again this year. But what exactly would a three-peat mean for the Coyotes?
“I think it gives even the younger kids on the team some confidence for them to be like, ‘yeah, I’m on a great program. They know what they’re doing. They put their hard work in,'” Smith said.
“I smile, because I’m not 100 percent sure,” Plourde said. “I’ve never been there.”