The LBJ Wolves entered the softball season as a dark-horse at best to make the postseason, but after shocking the district by taking 2nd place, then winning it into the area round, they find themselves as the last Laredo team standing in the playoffs.
"Getting to the playoffs, being the last team standing, it's just an amazing feeling. Knowing that it's us, just gives me chills all the time." (Maria Castro, Wolves shortstop)
"Being the last UISD softball team playing in Laredo, it's incredible. We're making history." (Daniela Garza, Wolves third baseman)
The coaching staff had high expectations coming into the season, knowing this was all a very real possibility.
"This year was obviously special, early on we got to see some of the bright spots and i knew if we could get it together we would have the opportunity to make a serious run this year." (Alfonso Calderon, Wovles head coach)
Coach Calderon was impressed by his senior leaders like Castro and Garza who took control of the team early on.
"One of the biggest keys to being a successful team year in and year out is developing the girls to be leaders and to take ownership of their team."
The seniors insist it hasn't just been them but a team effort all the way through.
"It wasn't really us but the whole team together. It was all of us."
"We understand each other, like if someone is down, we all go and talk about it and shake it off."
While some teams might be happy with just making the playoffs or even winning a round, these girls want more.
"The hard work pays off and it was throughout district and now it is in the playoffs. And as long as we keep working hard we are going to keep going."
By winning in the bi-district round the wolves became only the third team in Laredo history to advance to the area round. They will take on Los Fresnos in a one game winner move on scenario Friday night at the La Joya softball complex in the valley.