Kimberly Looks for Repeat Performance at State

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State titles are nothing new at Kimberly, they have in softball alone, but have not repeated as champions on the diamond since 1989. That’s something the 2015 Papermakers are hoping to change in Madison this week.

While the defending champs do have the target on their backs, they are not changing the approach that brought home the title just a year ago.

“I think going in we have to play with the same mentality we did last year. Just have the target on the other team’s back and go at them like we did every year,” said senior Abby Menting.

“You know, there were question marks. Can we get it done? We got it done. You know, we were down one game 7-1, and came back and won. They believe and we just keep working hard at it,” said head coach Bill Weyers.

There are a few new faces, but Kimberly brings back nearly the same team that won the state title in 2014. If the Papermakers have one thing, it’s experience. A total of nine seniors are on the roster, and many played key roles in winning the school’s seventh state title. That experience playing on the biggest stage could come in handy when they take the field in Madison later this week.

“Last year walking in to that diamond, I was nervous, some other girls were nervous. Just because at that stage it’s so much bigger than a typical high school field. Just because we’ve been there. We know the excitement. We know what to expect,” said Jenna Smarzinski.

“Just a little more familiar. I think, as a team we’re clicking like we did last year. We know this year that we have each other’s backs, and we’re a lot more confident with each other. We believe in each other and we know we can get the job done,” said Menting.

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