Tag: coach Richard Jorgensen

Softball: (watch) Lady Highlanders set big goals for their young team

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Senior outfielder Leah Starkweather bunts during practice.

A third consecutive trip to the state championships may seem like a lofty goal, but the Lady Highlanders know what it takes to get there. We know what to expect, and we hold ourselves to a higher standard because we know that we can do it.

See what the team’s five varsity returners have to say about their vision for the season.

After nearly six years of having well-seasoned softball athletes, The Woodlands is grooming a group of young players to become state tournament material with the help of five returners. Leah Starkweather, who recently signed to play at Concordia University, said the team’s previous trips to the state championships have taught her the potential that they Lady Highlanders have, despite the undesired outcome. click here for complete story & video

Softball: The Woodlands struggles on Day 2 of home tournament

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The Woodlands’ Bre LeBlanc (27) sprints for home base to score the team’s second run during the high school softball game on Friday at The Woodlands High School.

The Woodlands had a lot go its way Thursday night on Day 1 of its home tournament, but Friday night’s doubleheader played out much differently. First, the Lady Highlanders dropped a close one to Liberty, 3-2, and then Brazoswood shut them out, 9-0.

“Like I said (Thursday night) we are a really young team,” The Woodlands coach Richard Jorgensen said. “So very inconsistent play. We were great last night, and today we weren’t. Against Brazoswood, a really good team, for most of the game we played much better, but the first game we just didn’t play well. We were going half speed and made some young mistakes and gave them the runs. Just things we have to learn from.”

The Woodlands’ (6-4) bats were silent in its 3-2 loss to Liberty (6-0) as the Lady Highlanders only managed four hits. Both of their runs came off an error. click here for complete story

Softball: Leach happy to continue in family footsteps

After four years playing softball for The Woodlands High School, Aubrey Leach will attend the University of Tennessee next fall. As far as softball programs go, Tennessee is in the upper tier. The Lady Vols have appeared in the Women’s College World Series seven of the past 10 years.

The Villager’s Demetrio Teniente caught up with Aubrey to talk about her time at the Woodlands and here move to Tennessee. click here for complete story

Softball: Jorgensen sets bar high at The Woodlands

Richard Jorgensen became head softball coach at The Woodlands in 2005. The Lady Highlanders have reached the state playoffs every year since, and qualified for the state tournament in two of the last three seasons.
Richard Jorgensen became head softball coach at The Woodlands in 2005. The Lady Highlanders have reached the state playoffs every year since, and qualified for the state tournament in two of the last three seasons.

He pulls out an old gray chair and purposefully positions it in the press box. He sits down, raises his legs and braces his white Nikes against the counter, gently pushing away. He folds his arms across his green Highlander softball T-shirt as he balances the chair on its back legs. His green ball cap with the red bill, and the red ‘W,’ sits perfectly crooked on his head. It shades his green eyes from the tiny streaks of light that creep through the windows as he looks out at the softball field.

The Woodlands softball coach Richard Jorgensen is a creature of habit.

“My dad taught me what it really means to work your butt off,” Richard Jorgensen said. “It’s just like this field. I do everything—I cut the grass, fertilize it, seed it, I do all the dirt and infield work. We do everything ourselves.”

In baseball and softball, it isn’t that strange for coaches to maintain their own fields. However, it isn’t just a “baseball thing” to Jorgensen. It’s about putting in enough work to be proud of the end product. click here for complete story

Softball: The Woodlands’ Jorgensen takes yet another veteran-laden team to state tournament

The capital city of Texas has become a home away from home for The Woodlands softball team this time of year.

Three of the last five years have seen the Lady Highlanders make the journey past the Region 2-6A finals and into the state tournament in Austin, but the 2015 team might have been the most challenging for veteran TWHS coach Richard Jorgensen and his talented squad.

Senior shortstop Aubrey Leach is one of the veterans returning to the state tournament this season for The Woodlands. Leach will play at national power Tennessee next season.
Senior shortstop Aubrey Leach is one of the veterans returning to the state tournament this season for The Woodlands. Leach will play at national power Tennessee next season.

Despite having one of the best lineups and pitching duos in the state, the Lady Highlanders (26-7) have fought through a difficult District 16-6A schedule and finished second in the league. click here for complete story

Softball: Lady Highlanders defeat Lake Travis in series, advance to finals

IMG_5183_story-3The Woodlands softball team gathered around home plate as Kelcy Leach ran to meet them after her game winning home run in the bottom of the eighth against Lake Travis, bringing the girls one step closer to State.

The Woodlands beat Lake Travis 5-4 after a hard fought game. The Lady Highlanders were ahead 3-0 until the top of the fourth when a home run put two points on the board for the Cavaliers. In the bottom of the sixth, Kelcy Leach came up to the plate with her first home run of the game and brought the score to 4-2, but in the top of the seventh, two more runs for Lake Travis tied up the game. click here for complete story

 

Softball: Lady highlanders shutout Lake Travis in first game of series

The Lady Highlanders softball team swept the Lake Travis Cavaliers 7-0 in the first game of their series in the regional finals on Friday.

IMG_4429_storyAbby Langkamp stunned Lake Travis as she threw a shutout, allowing no runs and giving up only one hit. With two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth, the Lady Highlanders had a strong ending to the game with another four runs in the seventh and final inning. click here for complete story