If you visited the semifinals a year ago, that has to be a good sign for  your program. Despite having nine members of that team back on the diamond this year, Wayland-Cohocton softball coach Dave Stewart is seeking to both improve on that 16-5 season and plug some holes in the lineup vacated by three-year starters like Rachel Meyer (Gannon University), and Laura Kahn (Oswego).  The program’s history has been strong to say the least. Stewart in his 17th year  has eight Livingston County Championships under his belt to go along with four Sectional titles, three appearances in the regionals and one visit to the final four. Naturally the Golden Eagles would like nothing better than to keep that intact again this season.

If you visited the semifinals a year ago, that has to be a good sign for  your program. Despite having nine members of that team back on the diamond this year, Wayland-Cohocton softball coach Dave Stewart is seeking to both improve on that 16-5 season and plug some holes in the lineup vacated by three-year starters like Rachel Meyer (Gannon University), and Laura Kahn (Oswego).  The program’s history has been strong to say the least. Stewart in his 17th year  has eight Livingston County Championships under his belt to go along with four Sectional titles, three appearances in the regionals and one visit to the final four. Naturally the Golden Eagles would like nothing better than to keep that intact again this season.


Top returning seniors for Way-Co feature Amber Callahan with a great fielding percentage; Erin King will see time in the circle after  1.85 ERA last year in limited action as opposing hitters stroked to a mere .129 clip; Heather Vanson .375, with 21 hits and 10 RBIs; Sarah Wolcott .529 with 8 doubles, 2 homers and 30 rbis. A trio of junior returns include Diane Cork .408,  29 hits and 12 rbis; Taylor Presti strong on the defensive end last year; and Courtney Smith .427 with 32 hits and 11 RBIs. A pair of sophomore vets are Katelyn Venable, who will bring another strong bat to the lineup and some speed, and Taylor Welytok in a utility role.  Top new faces are juniors Amanda Feeley and Ashley Heiman off of a successful junior varsity team, along with Naples transfer Keaira Notebaert who recorded over 160 strikes as a hurler on the Big Green’s JV’s last season.


Naturally Livingston County Division One will be no pushover as Wayland-Cohocton again will be visiting Myrtle Beach, plus will find them in the Mudville Tournament in Utica, along with their own Golden Eagles tourney which will find the  non-league slate a challenge as well for Wayland-Cohocton. Coach Stewart noted, “We feel pretty confident coming into the season as we have a number of players coming off a successful basketball campaign as well. These girls have a winning attitude which will certainly help them this spring.”


Wayland-Cohocton will open their season at home on Monday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. against Wellsville.


Coach Stewart also alluded to the fact that the Golden Eagles have a number of notable alumni playing at the collegiate level including  Brooke Weidman, senior, and “Bubba” Morgan Kuhn, sophomore, both at Cortland State, Sara James, junior, and Terin Brown, sophomore, both at Keuka being coached by Wayland residents Jamie and Jim Burke, Brittney Kemp, sophomore, RIT, Rachel Meyer, freshman, Gannon, and Laura Kahn, freshman, Oswego.