Quapaw softball takes extra precautions as Wildcats prep for the season

Wildcats prepare for season opener amid pandemic

QUAPAW, Okla. – Even though the governing body for high school activities in Oklahoma plans for fall sports to start on time, there is still uncertainty surrounding the season amid the pandemic.

“We’re still going to be prepared,” says Quapaw head softball coach James Dawson.  “We’re going to do what we have to do to make sure as long as the activities association allows us to have our season and playoffs and everything — we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that happens.”

During practice, the Wildcats have taken the approach of social distancing outside without masks. But when they need to be indoors they will mask up.

“It’s important to make sure our students understand, our staff and our families within the community to understand that we got to do whatever it takes to keep our kids safe and to be able to do these activities,” adds Dawson.

Gearing up for the season has been a bit of an adjustment.

“He says that he wants a full season. That he wants everyone to wash their hands — take care of yourself so we actually have a season for the seniors,” says senior Shea Ottesen.

Senior Madelynn Zinn adds, “Everything’s all new — to approach everything differently than what you would usually approach your senior season. So it’s scary.”

The Wildcats season opener is in a little over a week, but there is still the unknown of having a full season.

“Last year, we didn’t really have to worry about if we were going to have a softball game. We’re trying to get as much scrimmages as we can because we don’t know if we are actually going to have a season,” says Ottesen.

“I’d rather know for sure before we like do everything for it,” adds senior Karissa Anderson.

As for right now, the team is doing all they can to hit the field at full strength.

“Especially, with a young team, we want to be able to compete at the higher level like we have the last two years. So we just got to work hard everyday,” adds Anderson.

Quapaw opens its season at Claremore-Sequoia with a double-header against Claremore-Sequoia and Miami.  The Wildcats will open Lucky 7 play with a conference tournament beginning on August 13.