HULL, Iowa | Trinity Christian High School softball coach Kassandra Heynen is excited for the challenge that joining the War Eagle Conference brings.
The fourth-year school located in Hull, Iowa, will begin play in the War Eagle Conference next season.
With Spalding Catholic’s closure at the end of this academic school year, Trinity Christian’s addition will leave the War Eagle Conference at its current 11-member state.
“That will be exciting for us, It’s been difficult to get games (without a conference),” Heynen said. “We’ll have some consistency in who we play, that will be nice, I think as a program as well.
Trinity Christian is currently 2-11 in its third season of varsity softball and has 19 girls in the program from a school of 62 students.
“The girls are just starting to understand how I work, growing more on the knowledge of the game,” Heynen said. “The fact that we have a small school, we need girls to come out and they’ve showed interest. Younger girls are getting interested, it’s fun to start trying to build a program.
“Now that we have a conference, it will allow us to have consistency, so that we continue to work and really look at who were playing and grow from that.”
Very little adjustment was needed next season to the schedules in the War Eagle Conference as they simply replaced Spalding Catholic with Trinity Christian.
“We just plugged Trinity in wherever Spalding was at,” Le Mars Gehlen athletic director Tony Gunter said. “It’s hard to play everybody twice (in basketball), since they limit you to 21 games.”
The War Eagle Conference plays double round robin in baseball and softball with each team getting 20 conference games. That will soon have to be adjusted with the addition of Harris-Lake Park in 2014-15 and possibly the addition of Clay Central Everly in 2015-16 (see breakout).
“It takes a lot, the girls have to be mentally ready for the challenge,” said Heynen of playing 20 conference games. “I am excited for it since we have built up to it slowly. They’re going to be ready for it.”
Trinity Christian currently offers all of the same sports that the other War Eagle Conference schools participate in with the exception of football.
Superintendent James Regnerus coaches multiple sports, from cross country to track and field, soccer and wrestling. Athletic director Kevin Van Engen is the boys basketball coach, Jon Mooy is the volleyball coach and Terry Dolieslager coaches baseball.
“They’re a new school, hopefully there is some growth there,” Gunter said. “They can keep adding to what they (already) offer as far as sports (are concerned).”
With no home softball field currently, Heynen expects to have to rent some field time for home games next season, but is optimistic that the school will have its own field by 2015.
They have found a home in the War Eagle Conference, now Trinity Christian will be looking for another place to call home – the softball diamond.