By Leslie Betancourt
This has been a great season (January-March) for our varsity softball team, with the girls earning district runner ups after beating rival Pace at the first district game and losing the championship game by a few runs. The outcome of the season was 10-8.
The team welcomed two new coaches, Lauren Badia and Nicolas Wydra, with open arms.
Wydra stated, “Being a coach has been great! I originally stopped coaching well over eight years ago, but I came out of retirement for my step-daughter whose team (The Lady Bears) didn’t have a coach.”
The 38-year old had this to say regarding where he draws motivation, “Watching students that I teach and athletes that I coach working vigorously to become better. When I
see them putting in the effort that it takes to get better, it motivates me to work even harder so that they can achieve their goals.”
Senior team captain and Wydra’s step-daughter, Mariah Hernandez, said this about the team, “We brought a lot of new girls on to the team, but we played cohesively and competitively. It was a great season and a great way to end senior year.”
New to the team this year was Coach Lauren, who was born and raised in Hialeah and started coaching at Barbara Goleman High School in 2012. She explained, “I’ve been around sports all my life. It’s a very big passion of mine, so I decided to study it in college.” Coach Lauren worked with the JV team.
The 28-year old uses her love for the game and her passion for seeing her players improve as a huge motivation. “My favorite part about being a coach is seeing my girls get better, seeing their hard work pay off on the field when they get the winning hit or score the winning run,” she stated.
Senior co-captain Jessica Brady said, “I think the girls did well, and there were games that were very difficult under certain circumstances, but they still did good.”