The North Laurel Lady Jaguars seniors are determined to win a state title. From left: Brittany Lawson, Haley Hensley, Carrie Cobb, Ashley Wampler, Abby Sears and Kensey Woods.

When your name has been associated with a title that represents hard work, dedication, skill, dominance and most important, ultimate achievement for six years, and you have one more opportunity to claim that title for the first time, it’s going to be all business.

The North Laurel Lady Jaguar seniors will end their high school softball careers in Owensboro this week, where they plan on reaching their six year long goal of winning a state championship.

“Some of us have been playing together since Little League and that has been our dream to win a state championship,” Kensey Woods said. “This is our last time to do it and we have worked our whole lives up to this point to win a state championship, so it would mean the world to us.”

When this group started showing off their skills in the sixth grade many people started talking about the possibilities of them becoming the best team to ever play at North Laurel and even winning a state championship.

“Since we were in sixth grade everyone said that when we are seniors we will be the best team North Laurel will see and I think it’s the truth,” Abby Sears said. “I think we have a really good team and we have a good chance. It would mean a lot to win. We know we can’t come back and try again, so we are all real focused.”

Although high expectations have been placed on them for several years, the seniors have had a lot of fun along the way and have formed a close friendship.

“We have always been together,” Haley Hensley said. “I love these girls and we have had a great time together. It would be a dream come true to go out with a win with these girls.”

Sears and Carrie Cobb have combined for a pitching record of 30-6 this season while sharing time on the mound. The seniors have also been a major part of the hitting success for the Lady Jags who have 378 hits and 233 RBI’s.

Seeing the disappointment on the faces of the seniors last season is something that Cobb uses as motivation this time around.

“Looking back and thinking about the seniors not winning last year,” Cobb said. “Just knowing they didn’t win it and knowing that we can now really drives us.”

Brittany Lawson feels her team has worked hard for several years and deserve to go out with the state title.

“I think it would be great,” Lawson said. “Because we all started together so young and we have worked so hard.”

Although this group of seniors have had a great high school career together, have won region championships and finished the regular season as the No. 2 team in the state, Ashley Wampler feels there is something missing.

“I think winning the state tournament would be the icing on the cake,” Wampler said. “Because everyone wants it and it would be the perfect ending for us.”

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