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Athens baseball picking up right where it left off

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ATHENS (WAOW) -

The snow in North Central Wisconsin is putting a bit of a damper on the start of Spring baseball, but Athens is not letting the weather get to them physically or mentally.

“I know that we're really picking up right where we left off,” Bluejays head coach Bill Coker said.

Coker is referencing Athens bringing home the WIAA Division 4 state baseball title for the first time since 1982.

“We've had a great attitude this year,” Coker said. “The positives: people are working hard. We are light years ahead of last year's team and we haven't even been outside yet.”

“We know we've got to keep our big heads in check so we don't get too carried away with ourselves, but we should have a very strong team this year,” junior infielder Seth Coker said.”

Athens is anticipating another standout season; the Bluejays lost one exceptional senior, but they gained six skilled freshmen in return.

“It's a good trade off as the progression goes,” Bill said. “We are very fortunate right now. We didn't have a lot of depth last year and this year we have a little bit of depth. It provides us a chance to get out of trouble if we run into some injuries.”

“There are a couple freshmen that are coming up and they are going to be pretty good,” senior pitcher Klay Ellenbecker said. “They're going to be in the starting lineup for most of the year, so hopefully they can step up and do what they've got to do.”

When you win a state championship, the glory and community morale come along with the title. What's also a consequence is the target on your back the next season.

“I think there are a lot of teams out there that would love to say they've beat us” Bill said. “We have to be ready from the first pitch of every game because I think we're going to see a lot of good teams play really well against us.”

Until the Bluejays can get back on the field, which Bill does not expect to happen for the next couple weeks, the team is maximizing its time in the gym.

“Well the gym isn't super fun. Lot of hitting circuits but we usually have a pretty good time inside. We try to keep the momentum up and keep the mojo going.”

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