Vivian Webb Softball begins its San Joaquin League title defense with a new manager. Ron Smith has been a softball coach in the Inland Empire for nearly 30 years. Over that time, 50 of his former players have gone on to play Division I college softball, and three have made it to the Olympics. Ron most recently served as a hitting coach at Riverside City College prior to coming to Webb.
Coach Smith describes his coaching approach as revolving around “old style fundamentals” and makes it a priority that his players “play and respect the game the right way.” He speaks highly of the 2017 Vivian Webb team, saying they want to win and get better. “The girls want to get further in CIF, I tell them it’s their team and I’ll help them get there, I want them to get to that high level too.”
In preseason practices, Smith says his players have been very impressive with their hitting. Elyse Morris ’17, who has committed to Division I St. John’s University (NY), looks to be one of the team’s leaders. He also expects to have a solid pitching rotation in Chandler Luebbers ’17, Thea Kirkpatrick ’18, and Rebecca Whithorn ’18. Overall though, Smith says his team will be smaller than in previous seasons, and staying healthy will be a huge priority for the entire year.
Webb graduated just two seniors from the 2016 team that went 13-4 and made it to the first round of the CIF-SS Division Six Tournament. Coach Smith says the San Joaquin League looks to be weaker than last year, but league newcomer Avalon will present a strong challenge. Smith says the Gauls’ non-league schedule will be tougher, especially when it comes to the pitchers his batters will face. He says Coach Takk Classic in Fullerton, set for March 13-17, will be a very strong test for his team.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”