Despite making it to the state playoffs in 13 straight seasons, the Wewahitchka softball team still is without a state title. Perhaps this 14th trip will change that, and send a very successful coach out on a championship note.
The Lady Gator softball team is preparing for a trip to the state semis Wednesday and hoping this is the year they finally bring home a state title.
Megan Peak, a Wewa senior, said, "It would mean everything to win because we've worked so hard, for not just the past 4 years, but 9 years as a group and it would just mean the world to us to win this state championship."
Winning is something this team has done a lot of, just not in title games. A championship would cement this teams place in school history.
Charles Fortner, Wewa. Head Coach, said, "I think it would mean a lot for these girls, because they've been trying for four years, there's probably three or four girls on this team, this is their fourth year in a row, so it would mean a lot personally for them to go down and win a state championship, for our underclassmen it would mean a lot, for our school it would be one of the few state championships we've ever won, I think we've won one state championship in the last 40 years and that was in cross country.
After coming close so many times a state title would mean the world to the seniors on this team, the school and to the community, but it would mean a lot to coach Fortner. He's been coaching here for 14 years. He's calling it quits after this season and surely would love to ride off into the sunset with a state title under his belt.
Fortner added, “Hopefully that will happen, but if it doesn't that's ok; I can live with it. I've had some good years here and I've been fortunate to coach some good girls and we've been successful, we've had some good teams, we've had some great memories here. But if we win that'll be great, it'll be like a storybook ending for me. If we don't win, then that's just the way it is, you know. I can live with it."
The team leaves Tuesday and takes on Mount Dora Bible in the 2-A semis Wednesday in Plant City.