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The student news site of Antioch Community High School.

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Sofia Tinker
Sofia Tinker
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Sofia Tinker is a junior, this is her third year on staff and her first year on the executive board. In her free time she likes to hang out with her friends, go shopping and spend time with her dogs. Tinker...

Freshman four on varsity softball

The four newest members of ACHS varsity softball push themselves to a successful start of the season.
Hannah Barczak
The four freshmen on the 2023 varsity softball team

Last year, the Antioch Community High School varsity softball team lost three valued seniors, leaving open spots on the roster for the 2023 season. After a long week of tryouts in the beginning of March, head coach Anthony Rocco added freshmen Claire Schuyler, Addie Webb, Jadynn Ruiz and Samantha Hillner to the team.

The drive to success began early in the minds of the four talented individuals. For Webb, it was important to strategically narrow down her practice to a single position.

“A month before [tryouts], I tried to realize what position I would probably be [playing] on the team and worked on those more than anything,” Webb said.

Entering tryouts with the correct mindset was something that Hillner knew was a principal key to showing her skill and grit. Having played for more than 10 years, Hillner understands her skill level.

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“I went in with a positive mindset and knowing [whatever happens] was meant to be,” Hillner said.

Sequoit softball is not taken lightly. The team’s expectations are high after ending last season, placing first in conference, regionals, sectionals, super sectionals and above all, a third place state trophy. The drive to win is shown through the team’s aggressive schedule.

“I went from practicing three times a week and working out three times a week [to having] practice every day,” Ruiz said.

Most ACHS softball players have endured years of previous experience, including all four freshmen who each have been playing softball for 10 or more years. It is important, however, to have a role model on the team to look up to despite all the years of previous experience.
“I look up to most of them, but Emily Brecht, specifically,” Ruiz said. “She has a good mindset and is always ready to play.”

The beginning of the season has been successful for the varsity softball team as they have an undefeated record. Finding ways to stay motivated throughout the season is a crucial aspect to an athlete’s physical performance.

“[I’ll] keep a confident mindset and just keep doing what I’m doing,” Schuyler said.

The four freshmen will continue to follow the lead of the upperclassmen and play a crucial aspect in the team’s performance this season. With two more months of games and practice ahead of them, the hard work does not stop. The Sequoits will continue to work towards keeping their undefeated record, while still having fun and making memories along the way.

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About the Contributors
Laila Salata, Tom Tom Staff
Laila Salata is a junior and this is her first year on staff. In her free time, Salata enjoys taking pictures, watching sports, and sleeping. She hopes that this year brings unforgettable memories and new friends.  
Hannah Barczak, Visual Director
Hannah Barczak is a junior and this is her third year on staff. This year, Barczak is beginning her journey on the Executive Board for Tom Tom. Along with her interest in media, this is also her third year being an ACHS cheerleader. Barczak enjoys spending time with friends, taking pictures, and traveling during her free time.
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