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Athlete of the Week: SPASH's Aubrey Drohner

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Being a freshman in a powerhouse softball program like SPASH brings the pressure to succeed but Aubrey Drohner has impacted the Panthers success in more ways than most freshmen.

"It's really awesome for me to be on this team," says Drohner. "I've being looking forward to this since I was a little girl."

That's because Drohner has grown up around the SPASH softball program. Her father, Tom Drohner, has coached the Panthers to seven state titles over the past 15 seasons, so it's no surprise that she's a key player for the team, even as a freshman.

"Her being my daughter, she's got quite a bit of experience in our program," says Tom Drohner. "I knew coming in that she'd impact us."

That's exactly what she's done. Drohner has 16 wins in the pitcher's circle, she's hitting over .400 with six home runs, a few of which have came in big time games.

"Honestly, she always has been a real clutch performer in any game she's played," raves her father. "She's figured out ways to get it done and that's one of the things I'm really proud of her about as her dad."

Both Tom and Aubrey understand when to be father/daughter, and when to be coach/player.
 
"I still call him coach during the game. I look at him like we gotta get the job done. That's what we've gotta do," says Drohner with a smile. "But at home we talk about how it went and where your placing is for pitching and hitting."

"I try to separate the coach, the dad relationship. I think it just depends on the situation," explains Coach Drohner. "I think if we're really talking hardcore softball it's coach, but when we get home I try to concentrate more on being her dad than her coach."

With the playoffs and three more seasons still to go, the Drohner's hope to lead SPASH to a lot more success. The Panthers open up postseason play against Merrill in a Division



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