Between the softball games at Hornette Field on April 1, the first ever softball Hornettes, forty years ago, 1976-77, were recognized at a ceremony on the diamond. That team was the first to play interscholastic fast pitch at Nashville Community High School. Not able to attend but recognized were Cathy Kujawa-Irwin, Deb Sowers-Gorton, Julie Bartling-Burgess, Jane Rhine-Michael, and Barb Niedbalski-Hohlt. Deceased are Carol Brinkmann, Georgie Barsos-Frese, and Sharon Newman-Hoffman. As each were announced, NCHS Athletic Director, Wayne Harre handed them special t-shirts provided by the NCHS Athletic Department.
The fall of ‘76, the team played on the boys baseball diamond. Then in spring, many of the girls were also on the track team, also coached by Helen Dude, then had to play softball regionals, one set of uniforms forbath. The ladies remarked that softball has come a long way during these forty years.
The players honored were: Sherry Twenhafel-Wessel, Tammy Morris-Ryterski, Cheryl Krueger-Ruggles, Brenda Harre-Fark, Coach Helen Dude, Bonnie Cassity-Witges, Nancy Sprehe-Eigenrauch, Martha Hoertling-Polczynski, Karen Konkel-Blumhorst, and Francine-Szopinski-Beetley