The Devils Lake Firebirds fastpitch softball team celebrated their hard work this past season with an end of the year banquet on Monday night.
Every player who participated in softball this year was honored for their hard work and dedication to the program. Speeches were given to thank the seniors for everything they have done for the softball program and to wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Numerous awards were then handed out to the players. Senior Samone Motley was given the teammate award, junior Maddie Eriksson was named most dedicated, sophomore Miriah Yoder was given with the spirit award, freshmen Hannah Pesek was named the rookie of the year, sophomore Katie Aanstad was named most improved, and senior Sarah Johnson was awarded Ms. Firebird.
Head coach Kayla Frappier ended the banquet by thanking the athletes and their parents for everything they have done to make the last four years so memorable. Frapier is leaving Devils Laker after four years of coaching to take a new job in Thompson, North Dakota.
Assistant coach Brigitte Freschette thanked Frappier for everything she has done for the program.
Frappier will be missed not only by the team, but by the community. She has taken the team a long way since taking over four years ago.
“I want to thank everybody for everything. This has been a dream job,” said Frappier.
The team finished the season 5-5. Weather wasn’t as kind this spring as everyone would have hoped which caused the cancellation of quite a few games. The team had much success in this shortened season and are poised for an even better season next year.
“These girls are tough, hard working, and intelligent. Keep supporting each other and stay positve,” added Frappier.