The Genoa softball team seized an opportunity to go to spring training in Florida to begin this season.
Coach Tom Kontak said he and one of his assistant coaches started to toss around the idea a year or so ago about the possibility of a trip.
“It was the first time we had a whole week off for spring break,” Kontak said. “The timing was right.”
From March 28-April 3, Genoa ended up going 2-1 versus what Kontak said were “big Division I schools.” He said that he would compare the schools to a size of Whitmer, for example.
The Comets defeated Beavercreek, 7-0, Bearden (Tennessee), 7-1, and lost to Warren Township (Illinois), 7-0.
Beavercreek was from the Dayton area, according to Kontak.
“Going 2-1 against brand new competition, it gave our kids the feeling that they could play with anybody,” he said.
The games were all a part of the Cocoa Beach Expo Spring Training in Cocoa Beach. The matchups counted as regular season games.
In order to make the trip happen, Kontak said he had a lot of support from parents and the community.
“Something like this only works if the parents get involved and you get support from the board,” he said. “The timing and effort was great.”
The Comets organized a golf tournament, a bus trip to the casino, and a car wash, among other fundraisers to raise the money for the trip.
Kontak said that the remaining balance of money needed aside from those things was taken care of when each family came together and split the cost.