They come from three different schools to make up the Towanda Juniors softball team.
Now, the team will begin play today as they open sectional play in Lock Haven against Clinton. The game is at 5:30 p.m. at a field at 70 Myrtle Street.
There are six Towanda girls on the team (Hailey Kapichok, Jocelyn Bennett, Athena Chacona, Shaylee Greenland, Brea Overpeck and Paige Perry). The team also has three from Northeast Bradford (Melanie Shumway, Malina Ramires and Brooke Calkins) and two from Wyalusing (London Edwards and Sydney Friedlander).
For the girls from NEB and Wyalusing it’s a bit different wearing Towanda on their uniforms.
“People question it,” Edwards said.
“It’s like why are you playing for Towanda,” Friedlander said.
“It’s weird, but it’s kind of cool,” Edwards added.
For all the girls it’s kind of fun to be on a team with some new teammates.
“I’m super excited to be playing,” Shumway said. “It’s not too big of a change, but it’s definitely a different experience compared to what we have at NEBall.”
“It’s kind of different because when you play for your school you have been playing with those girls for a long time,” Ramires said. “When you go to ones with other girls you have to adjust, but it’s been great.”
“The new experiences are a lot of fun,” Calkins said.
With girls from Wyalusing playing with girls that are their rivals the rest of the year is different, and fun.
“I’m super excited, because we are from Wyalusing and playing for Towanda,” Edwards said. “It’s cool, we are playing with people we haven’t played with before. Usually it’s like we want to crush Towanda, now we are playing with these girls, we have a whole new outlook on who they are.”
Even though they hadn’t played with the Towanda girls before, there was a lot of familiarity for the Wyalusing pair.
“We have always kind of been close because we have played against each other and known each other all the way up and now being on a team with them, it’s a good experience.”
“I am really excited,” Friedlander said. “Because we are playing with different girls, from different schools, so it’s pretty cool.
“I think it’s weird playing with them. Usually when it’s sports against Towanda we want to beat them, but like we are playing for them now.”
That’s how it is for a lot of the girls, it’s different, but fun.
Some of Towanda’s players didn’t know anyone going into this.
“I didn’t know any of them,” Overpeck said.
While others had been friends with the girls from other schools.
“Most of us were friends first,” Kapichok said. “You see them at sporting events, you are friends first then you get to play with them.”
And, playing together now makes them even closer.
“You bond a lot,” Kapichok said.
“I have made a lot of friends with them,” Bennett added.
The girls also get to learn from each other.
“It’s a lot of fun because they do different drills then us and we mix them together,” Chacona said.
The team will now see what they can do against an opponent they haven’t faced before.
“We haven’t seen them, or know anything about them, so we are just going into the game thinking we have to get things done efficiently,” Greenland said.
The girls know they have to stay focused and play well.
“Positivity, we have got to keep up on ourselves,” Kapichok said.
“We have got to adapt, overcome and achieve,” Perry added.
The girls feel like they have a good team capable of playing well.
“I am excited, I feel like we bring a lot of different skills and talents,” Edwards said. “Everyone on the team has something they can contribute.”
“Like our coach always says, we have potential to beat anyone if we play to our fullest potential,” Ramires said.
For the girls this experience will change how they see each other when they square off next school year.
“I think it will make the game a little more fun because we know them,” Bennett said.
“We will all have good sportsmanship,” Perry added.