The Hillsboro Lady Indians will bring a lot of fresh new faces to the track this spring including a new coach Anthony Amore. Amore was the assistant coach last year and worked with girls in the field events and will now take the helm of the Lady Indians.
“We have a fairly young team this season,” said coach Amore. About two-thirds of our team is freshman and sophomores. We have a lot of girls still trying to figure out where they belong and what they’re going to be concentrating on in the future. We have a lot of girls with great potential, but it’s going to be getting their self confidence up to where it belongs and having them believe that they can go out there and compete. I think if we can get them there, some good things could happen.”
With the off and on weather this season, the Lady Indians have been able to get some work in, but they’re not exactly where they want to be.
“So far we’ve just been trying to get some work in,” said Amore. “We had one week of good weather and got some good stuff in then and then a week later it was a lot colder. It’s Ohio, so you never know what you’re going to get with the weather. I don’t think we’re at where we want to be and this early in the season, you’re always going to want to be further along than what you are. I think Tuesday at our first meet, will really show us where we’re at. Then we’ll evaluate and go from there.”
Coach Amore thinks that across the board, his girls look solid. Being the field events coach last year, he still isn’t sure about that one aspect of his team just due to not being able to work at it that much this preseason.
“Field events are one of those things where you’re always wanting more time for. There’s some potential to have some good things happen but we haven’t had a lot time to work on those. I think once we can get out there and get some marks, we’ll be able to know more. That’s going to happen at Tuesday’s meet.”
“We’re looking forward to a good year. I think if the girls come out here and make improvements throughout the season, then it’s been a good year.”
The girls will also start their season Tuesday, March 29 in Washington.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.