COLCORD - It wasn't so long ago that opposing teams took a look at their upcoming schedules and either consciously, or otherwise, looked beyond, took for granted or simply overlooked the Lady Hornets. Given the coaches' and players' attitudes and their recent string of athletic successes, opponents would be wise to take them seriously in 2011.

Although fielding less than a dozen on the roster, this season's Lady Hornet fast pitch team is, from top to bottom, the most athletic squad that has taken the field in years. This prompted head coach Jeremy Scott, who normally keeps things pretty close to the vest, to state, "We're going to surprise a lot of people. We've gotten better, by a bunch."

Scott has pretty much set his infield's starting lineup and added that, "There's still a battle for the outfield spots though." A pair of multi-year starters will man the Colcord defensive middle. Seniors Theresa Ketkeo and Zoe Scott have locked in at the catcher and second base positions, respectively. A trio of underclassmen are expected to fill in at the remaining infield spots. Look for DeKayla Boling to cover first and Becka Duncan to handle the duties at the hot corner. Sophomore speedster, Emalee ‘Roo' Copeland returns to shortstop and thanks to her ability to make contact on offense, she is arguably the team's rally starter.

Seniors Emily Farris and Daisy Rich bring their considerable talents back to the 2011 party. Farris, like Copeland, is a part of the resurgent Lady Hornet basketball team, as well as being members of Colcord's state finalist relay squad. Tristan Sanders returns for this season and will vie for playing time with senior Kaitlyn Duncan.

Last year's Lady Hornets seemed to find themselves by the midpoint of the season, but fell apart in the district tournament at Ketchum. Coach Scott was reflective about his team's postseason meltdown last year, saying, "We got hurt by our pitching last season." And then, with just a hint of a wry grin, he added, "But, I think that we've remedied that." Newcomer Paige Shelley is expected to assume most of the Colcord pitching duties this season, coming on board with an impressive resume. Scott noted that Becka Duncan and several others could take the hill if circumstances merited it.