JUNCTION CITY (KSNT) – The Junction City Blue Jays went 2-1 in district play, and 5-1 in the Centennial League but still missed out on a postseason appearance.
This year however, the team comes out with a chip on their shoulder. The Blue Jays switch districts this season, and will wrap up their schedule with a trio a games against three different Wichita teams.
When Junction City kicks off its season on friday, head coach Randall Zimmerman knows his team will be ready to go, even if they’re still fine-tuning some things in practice.
“It’s all about hard work and self discipline,” said Zimmerman. “And as we tell our kids all the time, those are the two things you’ll need to be successful in life, and that’s what our program is based on. We’re going to come to work every day, we’re going to do things the right way whether we’re out on the field, in the classroom, out on the streets, or wherever we’re at.”
“As a team we’ve just got to stick together, try to win everywhere, and be all in at that moment,” said senior outside linebacker Tyrik Nas-Carmickle. “We can’t worry about the future because that’s what will get your mind all clouded up.”
“Always in the back of your mind you’ve got to have that one big goal to win the state, but right now we’ve just got to come together, that’s the big thing,” said senior quarterback Tanner Lueker. “We need to get in shape, and everybody’s got to have everybody’s back, and that way we’ll get to where we want to be as long as we have that down.”
Junction City begins its season at Highland Park on September 5.