NORTHSIDE SOFTBALL OFFERS PLAYERS SIX YEARS OF GROWTH, CAMARADERIE

Northside Softball

With the coronavirus outbreak canceling schools, graduations and sports, WVUA 23 Sports is giving a special shout-out to the teams who had their seasons end all too soon this year.

Northside softball’s team slogan for 2020? Embrace expectations.

Events from the past few months have certainly changed what we associate with the word “expectations,” but it hasn’t changed the importance of teamwork.

Even while the Rams can’t be with each other in the field, it’s obvious they’re together in spirit, said head coach Tommy Honeycutt.

“When you get the chance to see them together, the smiles on their faces, getting to be around each other in person, going to church with each other, you kind of light up,” Honeycutt said. “They’re happy to see each other and love on each other.”

Northside High School is located in Samantha, a close-knit community in Northport. To put it in perspective, the elementary, middle and high schools are separated by less than 100 yards.

That closeness creates a closeness between players, too, and offers the team unique opportunities to mentor younger students.

The Rams take part in reading programs, volunteer at holiday gift wrapping stations and volunteer at community Daddy-Daughter date night events.

Northside’s roster is made up of students in grades 7 through 12, and that’s 6 seasons for players competing at the varsity level.

Mentorship, leadership and being one community is a special thing for the Rams.

“A lot of schools don’t have that opportunity, but when we start talking with them and meeting with them we say we’re Northside softball, we’re not Northside Middle or Northside Junior High or whatever, we’re Northside softball,” Honeycutt said.

It’s great seeing the older players who were part of state championship teams mentoring the seventh-graders and eighth-graders, he said. And he’s not just talking about in the field. For Northside’s softball team, the community expands far past the dugout.

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