The Neosho Lady Wildcats experienced winning last season for the first time since the 2015 season, ending an extended losing streak with a win over McDonald County on Sept. 11, 2017.
The Lady Wildcats later earned wins over Maumelle (Arkansas) and Diamond en route to a 3-26 overall record.
Neosho finished winless in the Central Ozark Conference.
Head coach Ann Landrum and assistants John Moore and Jordanne Admire welcome back virtually the entire varsity roster from last season, including returning starters Brianna Keho, Ashley Sims, Emma Hames, Savannah Merriman, and Brylee King.
“To get better every ball,” Landrum said of team goals. “Great kids getting physically and mentally stronger with a good work ethic and a ‘never give up’ attitude.”
Neosho enters Season No. 3 under Landrum and her staff, and the Lady Wildcats hope to continue their progression from being competitive in more matches to winning more matches this season.
“My kids did a nice job of putting in time this past spring and summer,” Landrum said. “I’m sure proud of them.
“Honestly, our team as a whole has improved. It’s fun to watch them grow as athletes and as people.”
With nearly all of the varsity lineup back for this season, that helps the Lady Wildcats in the continuity department and other areas of rebuilding a program.
“We have depth this season which helps us in so many ways,” Landrum said.
Like every team in existence, the Lady Wildcats have identified the keys to a successful season.
“Playing one ball at a time,” Landrum said. “Working to improve our mental toughness. Keeping things in perspective.”
Aug. 28 — vs. Seneca
Aug. 30 — at East Newton
Sept. 6 — at Mount Vernon
Sept. 10 — at Nevada
Sept. 13 — vs. Monett
Sept. 15 — Cabool Tournament
Sept. 17 — vs. McDonald County
Sept. 18 — vs. Republic
Sept. 20 — vs. Willard
Sept. 25 — at Carl Junction
Sept. 27 — at Ozark
Sept. 29 — Carl Junction Tournament
Oct. 2 — vs. Carthage
Oct. 4 — vs. Branson
Oct. 6 — Neosho Tournament
Oct. 9 — vs. Webb City
Oct. 11 — at Nixa
Oct. 16 — at Joplin
Oct. 22-25 — Districts