Louisa may be in the midst of a two-game losing streak, but they’ve seen worse. If you really want to see a Lion droop his shoulders, ask him about last year’s 4-16 season. Ask him about the attitude that team had.
“Last year, we’d be too worried about a game that happened yesterday instead of the work that needed to be put in today,” senior ace Thomas Dunnavant said.
“Everybody seemed to be about themselves and not really care if we won or loss,” added fellow senior, Alex Fletcher.
And lose they did. The team had a couple losing streaks last year of various lengths; four, five, eight and so forth.
The team didn’t win four games until late in the season. This year, it took the team just five games to reach last year’s win total.
After the team’s latest loss, a 3-6 defeat at the hands of district foe Fluvanna, there weren’t too many hanging heads, just determined brows and faces filled with the hunger to fight another day.
It’s a stark contrast from last season. Head coach Kevin Fisher bluntly summed up the key ingredient for the change in one word.
The Lions boast six seniors this season: Dunnavant, Fletcher, Rich Hinegardner, Christian Buckler, Brandon Carter and Josh Holley. Fisher isn’t shining a spotlight on one in particular though, he’s heaping praise on all of them.
“The kids have bought into what we’re trying to do as a staff, and the seniors have led that,” Fisher said. “They’re doing things the right way, the Louisa way.”
A program’s turnaround never begins at the first game. Change is forged during the offseason drills and conditioning. Fisher said it hasn’t been the team’s strategy that has been altered, but their mindset.
“The kids have really been working really hard even before [opening practices] February,” Fisher said. “It’s the kids more so than it is anything I’ve done as a coach.”
To read the entire story, see the April 17 edition of The Central Virginian.