Lady Crusaders softball team takes the field
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Thu., Apr. 21, 2011
There is one thing present at all East Granby High School softball games: noise. Dugout chatter and cheers can be heard from the parking lot the moment fans arrive. Encouraging their teammates at every opportunity, the Lady Crusaders have got spirit, and are not afraid to show it.
At the beginning of regular season play, the team experienced a coaching challenge. “Head coach Carl Ferrara has been out since the beginning of the season,” assistant coach Kim Chamberlain said. “Assistant coach Brian Glamuzina and I have stepped into the coaching role in his absence. Brian knows all of the girls from teaching in the high school, and I have a strong softball background. The girls continue to give their best effort and will be ready to impress coach Ferrara with their hard work and improved skills when he returns.”
Settling in to her new role as coach, Chamberlain recognized the diverse talent this year’s team has shown thus far. “The players on this team come from many different softball backgrounds and have been working together to help each other learn, grow and improve with each practice and game,” she said. “I would like to see our players continue to work hard on the foundational skills that we count on to be successful in each game.”
Anchoring the team’s overall success is the pitching and catching relationship between Michaela Gothers and Anna Glassman. “Our pitching and catching is a great strength for our team,” Chamberlain said. “Michaela and Anna are a strong, hardworking battery that helps our team pull through in tough game situations.”
A complete schedule for EGHS softball can be found at www.casciac.org.
East Granby High School Softball Coaches Brian Glamuzina and Kim Chamberlain
Team leaders: Michaela Gothers and Anna Glassman
Goal for the season ahead: “My goal for the team this year would be to work with each player’s strengths and weaknesses and grow as a cohesive team a little more each day,” Chamberlain said.
Upcoming games: April 29 vs. Ellington at home; May 2 vs. Granby Memorial at home
Michaela Gothers – Sophomore, Pitcher: An AAU softball player for the Central Connecticut Comets, Gothers is a second-year player for the Lady Crusaders. She began playing baseball as a second-grader and later transitioned to softball. “I have two brothers who play baseball, so it’s a big part of our family,” she said.
Anna Glassman – Junior, Catcher: Leading the team from behind the plate, Glassman is a third-year varsity player at EGHS. A member of the Connecticut Tigers AAU softball team, she also runs cross-country in the fall. “My favorite part of the game is definitely batting and running the bases – that’s a great feeling,” she said.