High School Athletics: Webbers Falls' Carter is eager to begin senior year
Madison Carter is as excited as any student athlete that’s enjoying her final summer before beginning her senior year.
The soon to be Webbers Falls High senior is excited for her senior year to begin because of how much fun she had her junior year.
“It was a lot fun last year,” she said. “All great things come to an end sadly.”
Carter wasn’t down for too long as she happily discussed what she hopes will be a signature year for her and the Lady Warriors.
Carter is the starting catcher for the fast-pitch softball, a starting guard for the basketball and a starting infielder for the slow-pitch softball team that she feels has what it takes to make this upcoming year one to remember.
“Going to State in all three sports,” Carter said. “Getting scholarships and being a role model for the underclassmen. That’s some of our main goals as seniors this year.”
Making the State Tournament in one sport is tough enough but Webbers Falls has the same core of players that made it to the Class B Regionals in softball and came just one game shy of the State Tournament in both basketball and slow-pitch.
Between fast-pitch in the fall and slow-pitch in the spring of last year the Lady Warriors will have graduated just one senior combined.
“I think it’s going to go well,” Carter said. “We’ve had a lot of scrimmages this summer and have played lot of hard teams and teams that are bigger than us. I think it’s going to help us in the future.”
Playing against schools this summer who were Class 3A and 4A is something that will only help Webbers Falls who competes in the lowest enrollment class in the state.
The Lady Warriors aren’t one to back away from the challenge.
“You just don’t look at the name on the jersey and just play like you know how,” Carter said.
Carter said that the basketball playoff run was the most fun she had last year.
It was surprising considering the Lady Warriors didn’t really add much from the year prior.
Heading into last season the Lady Warriors had 10 wins the previous year and they managed to double that total to 20 including in an Area game where the winner would advance to the State Tournament.
“We were more experienced and worked harder,” Carter said. “We could be a lot better than we were last year. We just got to keep trying and working hard.”
That’s why this year longtime Webbers Falls coach Jerry Ward has amped up the intensity for the Lady Warriors to want to make it to the State Tournament.
Factor in some freshmen who according to Ward and several of the seniors will make an immediate impact for Webbers Falls.
“We’ve got a bench this season,” Carter said. “We’ll have help coming off the bench and it’s a lot better knowing you’ll have help.”
Ward has stepped up the intensity because he sees how potentially special the Lady Warriors could be next season and they can see it too.
“He’s been harder on us,” Carter said. “He wants to push us to do better because he knows we can do better. That’s going to help us in the long run.”
Carter along with fellow incoming seniors Shianne Garrison, Haley Cato, Jayden Carter and Aranda Hyslop played in every single game last season including the postseason.
Each sport is different for the seniors especially for Garrison, Cato, Madison and Jayden who have a bond that goes beyond the softball diamond or basketball court.
Those four are always hanging out with each other and their comfort with one another shows on the field and the court as well.
“It’s really great because everybody gets along,” said Madison Carter. “Nobody really fights and it helps us all bond and there’s no drama. We don’t do drama — drama is not our thing.”
For as much publicity as the four get each are extremely selfless players.
During the slow-pitch playoffs this season something changed for Webbers Falls.
The often laid back and cool as a cucumber team became boisterous.
Factor that in with a talented freshman crop who according to Garrison is very rambunctious and the Lady Warriors could have some long and fun postseason runs in the fall, winter and spring.
“You just do what you need to do to help the team win,” Carter said. “I think we do a pretty good job of that.”
Madison is ready for her senior year and what lies ahead.
“I’m real excited for this year because I know we could go far,” Carter said.