The Lady Devils will be making their 3A debut this spring after the 2017 season ended with a neutral playoff loss to Manti.
Grand County’s squad will have three returning seniors this season — Tyra Robertson, Reagan Paxman and Akira McNeely. The trio is looking to make waves in the new division as the stakes increase and the challengers become more formidable.
Returning head coach Brook Shumway said he is expecting a decent turnout for the team, projecting roster depth of 18 to 20 players. Among those returning will be a couple of familiar names from the basketball season — Toni McElhaney and Hannah Owen. The duo will be leaping off the court and onto the diamond this spring, adding even more talent to an already competitive roster.
As far as stepping into the realm of 3A, Shumway said he isn’t too concerned with the Lady Devils’ prospects.
In terms of Grand’s competitive division, “3A is not going to be a whole lot different for us,” he said. “We should be competitive.”
The girls will be facing many familiar opponents, with games scheduled against North Sanpete and rival Manti — a team the Devils likely have a bone to pick with after falling to the Lady Templars in the playoffs last season.
When it comes to big challenges the ladies will face this year, 3A giant Grantsville will loom large, Shumway said.
“They are a powerhouse,” Shumway said. “They sit above everybody else.” Grantsville is the reigning champ in the 3A competition, but the girls will not see them on the diamond unless they end up in a playoff situation.
The Lady Devils will play their first junior varsity game on Wednesday, March 7 at 3 p.m. against San Juan at home. The varsity team will start the season Friday, March 9 at the St. George Invite.