Jeeps embracing fresh start

Photo by Jimmy Lafakis/The Herald
Northeast Dubois senior Becca Brosmer smiles before an at-bat during a practice in Dubois.


DUBOIS — Despite softball’s intricacies and complexities, the sport can be quite simple at times. When the calendar flips to March, players and coaches yearn to scratch the itch to hustle onto the field.

That desire spreads across Dubois. Northeast Dubois head coach Dion Terwiske and the Jeeps are eager to begin the new campaign, and Terwiske is waiting with bated breath.

“It feels like it’s been more than a year,” he said. “It feels like it’s been five years since we were all together. It just feels like we’re starting from new again.”

The Jeeps captured a sectional championship with an 8-6 win over Wood Memorial in 2019. Terwiske described the upcoming season as a “clean slate.”

Seniors Becca Brosmer, Alexus Royer and Kayleigh VanPelt are the most seasoned Jeeps. Their leadership will be critical, and Terwiske underscored their collective experience. Juniors Hadley Fuhrman and Brinley Royer provide versatile options.

When the Jeeps worked through infield and outfield drills in early practices, the underclassmen showed promise.

“We have so many new kids,” Terwiske said. “We have more new kids than we have kids that have been here before. We’re getting a look at them all.”

The young group brings talent in spades. Freshmen Karrigen Green, Landy Rasche, Ava Brosmer, Macey Harrison, Madelyn Merkel, Brooklyn Kiefer, Averi Bauer and Kelli Merkel join sophomores Reagan Knies, Rhylan Kalb and Grace Lueken. A plethora of players earned valuable time on the basketball court this winter, and the Jeeps are hoping for smooth transitions to the spring season.

“It’s nice to see these young girls coming up,” Terwiske said. “The pipeline seems to be sending us some quality players — girls with good attitudes.”

The Jeeps begin with the end in mind. Blue Chip Conference foes such as Loogootee, Barr-Reeve, Wood Memorial, North Knox and South Knox offer tastes of tournament time. Terwiske expects all classes to contribute against the fierce competition.

“We’ve always got good county rivals here,” he said. “All the Dubois County schools are always good. We’ve always got a tough schedule. We play a lot of schools that are above us in size, but it’s good to be challenged all year to prepare you for the tournament.”

Terwiske graduated from Northeast Dubois in 1984 and gained a heightened level of appreciation for the school when he represented the Jeeps on the baseball field. His gratitude has translated to his current role as head coach.

“Our roots are pretty strong right here,” Terwiske said. “It means a lot for the girls to play well and be respected. We want to be able to compete with every team we play. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t. It’s always important to wear that blue uniform, take the field and compete at the highest level.”

The Jeeps will compete at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at home against North Daviess.

“We’re in the same boat as everybody, I’m sure,” Terwiske said. “They’re just anxious to get out there, get after it and see where they’re at. To build a little momentum toward the tournament, that’s what everybody is looking for.”

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