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Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 9:00 am

Change.

That’s the key word for the Union High School softball program this season.

Not only do the Lady ’Cats have a new head coach this season, but the team changes home fields to the Wildcat Baseball/Softball Field.

Tiffany Poggas, an assistant for the past two seasons, takes over as the head coach following the retirement of Bill Juengel.

Union continues to practice for the rest of this week from 9-11:30 a.m. and will switch to 3:30-6 p.m. next week.

“I really appreciate that Bill took a chance and let me join his coaching staff in 2012,” Poggas said. “It was a great opportunity to learn from some guys (Juengel and Dave Scheer) who have been around coaching (a variety of sports) for a very long time.”

This season, Poggas said she intends to make changes, including trimming the roster.

“There are definitely some changes that are going to be made,” Poggas said. “I am a very competitive person by nature and I hope to bring out the competitive spirit in the girls. I plan on trimming down the roster also. We were lucky enough to have six coaches last year so it was easy to keep 28 girls. I only plan on keeping 22-23 girls, especially with the reduced staff. I really want to focus on improving individuals to obtain our overall team goals. If we have a large roster, we just can’t do that. There will be other changes but this being my first year in the head coaching position means I have a lot to learn myself.”

As for changing home facilities from the Union Softball Complex to the high school campus, Poggas said it’s been an interesting switch.

“Well, the new turf made sliding practice at camp a whole lot more fun,” Poggas said. “It is definitely a change. The girls are adjusting pretty well to the field. The way the ball reacts is a lot different on turf than dirt. But I haven’t heard any complaints about it and I definitely don’t have any myself.”

Union had 31 players come out for the team, including 14 upperclassmen and 19 returning players. Two starters are back from last year’s team. Poggas indicated cuts will be made after the Wednesday practice.

She said the players came into camp ready to go and in good shape.

“Overall, I really think so,” said Poggas. “I made sure to mention during open gyms and camp that they should expect to run. They all did a pretty good job.”

The switch to an early high school practice schedule has been accepted well by the Union softball program.

“I don’t mind it at all, especially since the softball season is so short,” Poggas said. “This extra time gives us a few more looks at options before starting right into games and eliminates the need for Saturday practices.”

Union will host a three-team softball jamboree Saturday, Aug. 16, with Sullivan and Eureka coming to the event.

Union will play Sullivan at 9 a.m. Sullivan then will play Eureka at 10 a.m. and Union will face Eureka at 11 a.m.

Each scrimmage will run for four innings as teams are only allowed eight innings for the entire day. An inning will end after either three outs have been recorded or eight runs have been scored.

Volleyball

Change has been felt on the volleyball side as well, where Angie Morris ran her first practice Monday afternoon.

The team has one new coach this season, former ECC volleyball player Kelli Sans Souci, who will run the JV team. Sans Souci is a Bourbon graduate and also played at Lindenwood-Belleville.

Rebecca Montalbano returns as the freshman team coach.

On the first day of practice, Union had 38 players come out for the team with 19 of them being freshmen.

“I’m really excited with the freshmen who showed up,” Morris said. “The more we get out, the more we can build the program.”

Union has four seniors this season with Brooke Pope, Emily Schroeder and Kaitlin Voss returning from the 2013 team. Emily Nowak is out for the team as well.

“I’m pretty excited about our returning players,” Morris said. “I’ve seen a lot of progress over the summer.”

Besides the seniors, Morris said Maddie Stowe, Jessie Kelly and Lydia Klenke looked strong during summer sessions. All three were JV players last season.

“We did quite a few open gyms in June and July and played in a one-day tournament in Perryville. The girls worked hard and did really well. Greenville College ran our camp once again and that was pretty exciting.”

Morris said the team is concentrating on trying to be more confident.

“We will focus on thinking we’re going to win,” Morris said. “We’re practicing to win. We need to think we deserve to win. We’re focusing on the mental aspect. I think we have the talent, we’ve got to put it all together now.”

Union also is fielding football, boys soccer and cross country programs in the fall. Information from the opening day of practice for those teams was not available as of press time.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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