(TUSHKA, OK) - The calendars have been flipped to March and activity on the softball diamond is beginning to increase. That holds true in Tushka, where the Lady Tigers have won two state titles in the past two semesters.
"Every other team thinks, 'oh, these are the state champions we need to beat them,' but you can't go in with a big head. That'll get you a lot of losses," said Tushka first baseman, Sadi Avants.
David Durbin is the head coach of the Lady Tigers and at his practices you'll see something out of the ordinary.
"As you can tell behind me I have all ages back there, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth. Then my high school kids who aren't in basketball," said Coach Durbin.
Coach Durbin believes having the young athletes at practice better prepares them, but also teaches the older athletes about responsibility.
"I've got really good high school players who work had and put in all the time. They do a lot of things right, I like the younger kids to be around that. Winners breed winners." Coach reiterated.
The recent success of the program shows Coach Durbin knows what he is talking about and the players have taken notice.
"I've had him for six years and every year I've gotten better. He pushes us to be our best, not only on the field, but also academically," said Avants. "We want to step in and play our best every single game, but we are doing it one game at a time."
"The season is kind of a grind. you know, at the end of the season, take all that and hopefully you are in the state tournament and give yourself a chance to win one," Coach said.