Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Crusaders navigate toward state berth

Emily Winesett was among a junior class that took a canoeing trip, which carved out time for softball practice.


Emily Winesett was among a junior class that took a canoeing trip, which carved out time for softball practice.

Canterbury's junior class glided down the Suwanee River in canoes to the rhythmic paddle of oars in synch.

The students have been on this picturesque trip the past three days as part of a spring break trip Canterbury holds for each class in high school.

But for the seven juniors on the softball team, spring break isn't exactly a break.

Crusaders coach Jody Moore chaperoned the trip and wanted to make sure her players stayed in shape. So she had the juniors bring their gloves and bats. After canoeing and setting up camp each day, the players found a spot in the woods to practice.

The other players did not get out of practicing. Moore made sure they met on Monday and Tuesday before the spring break trips with their respective classes. And while on those trips, Moore had someone keep tabs on whether they were playing catch in their spare time.

Today, they'll return just in time to face host Palm Harbor University in the first round of the Lady 'Canes Spring Tournament at Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater.

"Spring break is a make-or-break time for so many teams," Moore said. "Teams take time off and come back rusty. And there's always that end-of-school anxiousness to battle.

"The girls have been good about making this sacrifice. It's something that has helped us stay on top."

Canterbury (10-4), which recently moved up to No. 1 in the Class A state softball poll, has made the state tournament the past three seasons, including a championship game appearance in 2009.

Those results are a big reason the players don't mind putting in the extra time.

"Practicing during these trips has helped us through the most important part of our season," junior Emily Winesett said. "We don't want to lose any of the work we've put in so far."

There have been some pitfalls trying to practice in the Suwanee River State Park. Two days ago, the players were retrieving softballs when they discovered poison ivy.

"We had to dodge some of that," Winesett said. "But that's okay. We're fine."

The juniors will get home this afternoon with a few hours to prepare for their 9 p.m. game.

"Hopefully we'll still be able to swing the bats after canoeing all week," Moore said.

.Softball tournaments

Lady 'Canes Spring Tournament at Eddie C. Moore Complex

Today: Countryside vs. Gulf, 6; Osceola vs. Plant, 6; East Lake vs. Robinson, 6; Tarpon Springs vs. East Bay, 6; Seminole vs. Chamberlain, 8; Armwood vs. Boca Ciega, 8; Bloomingdale vs. River Ridge, 8; Palm Harbor U. vs. Canterbury, 9

Saturday: Quarterfinals, 10 a.m.; semifinals, 2; final, 6

Mustang Invitational at Northside Christian

Today: Northside vs. Santa Fe Catholic, 2; Pinellas Park vs. St. Petersburg Catholic, 2; Tampa Catholic vs. Mulberry, 4:30; Immokalee vs. Cocoa Beach, 4:30

Saturday: Consolations, 9, 2 and 4:30; semifinals, 11:30; final, 4:30

Crusaders navigate toward state berth 03/24/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 12:13am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays morning after: Zim's legacy felt on bunt play



  2. Life sentence for man convicted in killing of brother of Bucs' Kwon Alexander


    An Alabama man who shot and killed the 17-year-old brother of Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, the Anniston (Ala.) Star reported.

  3. Rays journal: Blake Snell continues roll in win over Cubs (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was still a game in the fifth inning when LHP Blake Snell walked the leadoff batter, then allowed a single. One swing by the Cubs' Ian Happ (22 home runs) could put a dent in the Rays' three-run lead.

    Blake Snell allows just two hits in pitching seven scoreless innings.
  4. Remember him? Numbers prove Ben Zobrist is one of greatest Rays of all time

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first foray back to the Trop by the best manager the Rays have had obscured the second return visit by arguably the second-best player in franchise history.


    Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) grounds into a double play to end the top of the third inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    One success story of this lost season is the emergence of LHP Blake Snell as the frontline starter the Rays projected. After a rough start and two demotions, he has been rolling, Wednesday's solid seven innings making him 4-0, 2.57 in his past eight starts.