The Iola-Scandinavia football team made history in the fall by winning the schools first state championship in the school’s history. Now, the baseball team is hoping to do the same in the spring.
“We had two goals this year,” said Head Coach Peter Timdal. “We wanted to win conference obviously, that’s the first goal and we went 12-0 for the first time in Iola history, I think i’m not really positive about that. The next goal is to make it to state and win state.”
With the clean sweep in conference play, the Thunderbirds enter the play-offs as the number one seed and seem primed to make a run at a state-title, thanks to a focus on the fundamentals.
“Well, you just gotta do the little things, right,” said Senior, Bryce Huettner, who was also a part of the state championship winning football team. “You know baseball seems to take care of itself when you do the little things right and then it just snowball effects from there.”
But they believe it’s something that can’t be taught that sets them apart.
“I think they’re just friends outside the sport,” said Timdal.
“They’re hanging out after practice, they’re hanging out after games and that friendship’s not something that every team has and that’s a huge intangible for leadership and teamwork.”
“We come to the ballpark it’s not like, ‘oh gotta go to practice’, it’s ‘get to go to practice’,” said Huettner.
“We get to hang out with the guys, have fun, keep it loose, get some work done, but at the same time we can enjoy being around each other and it’s a really great atmosphere that we’ve got going on here.”
The Thunderbird’s first play-off game will be May 28 at 4:30 P.M.against the winner of #5 Wautoma and #4 Manawa.