TURNER — Their colors are recognizable anywhere, almost as much as the mention of their school name.

TURNER — Their colors are recognizable anywhere, almost as much as the mention of their school name.

The Turner Lady Falcons aren’t just known for their famous blue and white uniforms, but they are also known for a winning tradition in all aspects of sports. More specifically, softball.

Last season the Lady Falcons added another chapter to their proud athletic history, as THS finished as the state runner-up in the fast pitch season, falling to Red Oak.

The second place finish was the second in a row for the Lady Falcons.

Just to prove they weren’t done, Turner repeated the softball double, as they made it back to the slow pitch state tournament, giving them consecutive doubles when it came to softball state tournaments.

For most coaches and players, the expectation of making it to state can seem daunting. 

THS head coach Shane Hill though is far from scared of high expectations. 

“For me I’d definitely say state is an expectation,” Hill said. “It’s something we’ve gotten used to doing. We created this atmosphere and mindset though. This wasn’t handed to us, or gift wrapped as a Christmas present. I don’t want to be a part of a program that doesn’t have these sort of expectations.”

“My expectation every season is to be competing for the state championship.”

Since accomplishing the programs first state tournament berth in October 2015, the Lady Falcons have made ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City a second home the last few seasons. 

Now instead of the state tournament being a historic accomplishment every season, THS is instead setting more history as they have pulled off multiple appearances on the big stage since then.

Gone are the likes of All-Ardmoreite MVP from last season in Jacey Henry, along with multi All-State athlete Tracy McGill, in addition to Brianna Paul, Shyanne Parker and Rebecca Stevens. 

Despite losing a solid core group of seniors from last season, the scenario is all too familiar to coach Hill when it comes to coaching a program like Turner.

“We lost some seriously talented girls from last season,” Hill said. “But, this isn’t my first time to lose talented girls from the previous year, and us be successful the following season. Our expectations are going to stay the same, and I hope the girls have the same expectations we do for them.”

Stepping in as the senior class this season will be Riley Carter, Alli Willis, and Kaylee Colston.

Other girls looking to make an impact on the field will be Jaleigh Durst, Chole Tines, Hillary Hill, Ryanne Richardson, Jade Dobson, Lexi Beach, and Kayley Hartman. 

Turner will open the season on Aug. 7 at the Caddo Festival, before going to the Calera Tournament on the 10-12. The first home game of the season for the Lady Falcons will come on Aug. 17 against Ringling. 

“We’re going to try to pitch to contact this season and eliminate the number of walks,” Hill said. “I want our girls to play good defense. Most good teams usually do play good defense. Last year, it was there was occasional ball hit to someone, then we made it to state in slow pitch and there were balls hit at us from everywhere. Defense is going to be a big part of our strength though this year.”

Following a trip to Tishomingo for a tournament on Aug. 18-19, the Lady Falcons will be facing road games against Thackerville and Coleman on Aug. 22 and 24 respectively.

The Turner Festival on Aug. 26 followed by a triangular against Kingston and Caddo at Kingston will take THS into the latter part of the month.

August will end with a home game for the Lady Falcons against Calera.

September will begin on the road for Turner as they travel to play the Healdton Lady Bulldogs, before home games against Caney and Thackerville.

Following a short road game against Thackerville, the Lady Falcons will travel to Wright City for a tournament.