PLAINVIEW — Since it was founded in 1980, the Plainview softball program has put together a 37-year tradition of excellence.

PLAINVIEW — Since it was founded in 1980, the Plainview softball program has put together a 37-year tradition of excellence.

With 29 district titles, multiple All-State players, and numerous state tournament appearances, the Lady Indians have truly shown tradition is not something which fades away over time.

However, the one glaring number on the board outside the Plainview softball field is 2012.

This marks the last time a Lady Indians squad made it to the state tournament in Oklahoma City.

But, change has come to the PHS softball program in the form of first-year coach Kenna Self.

Self is no stranger to Plainview, having faced off with the Lady Indians numerous times during her days at Madill as a player. Now she’s ready to lead the Lady Indians back to the promised land, and restore a winning mindset to the program. 

“I think that kids have to know what to expect,” Self said. “From the moment I accepted this job, I’ve placed expectations on everything no matter how little it is. There has to be an expectation in place for it to be met. Plainview has always had successful athletic programs. I’ve had a lot of support from parents and a lot of people are excited about softball again.” 

“I’m not saying I know everything,” Self added. “I didn’t know where this program had been the last few years because I had been away. I interviewed for two hours for this position. Kids respond well to positive things, and being positive to these kids has given them confidence for this season.”

Coach Self will have plenty of weapons to work with this season, including the returning All-Ardmoreite Offensive Player of the Year from last year in Rylee Keith. 

Keith finished with a .594 batting average to go with a .716 on base percentage and eight home runs last season for the Lady Indians. 

“Coach Self brings a lot of enthusiasm and positivity to us during games,” Keith said. “It’s been a nice change for us and we’re really enjoying it.”

Other players looking to make an impact this season will be Halee Womack, Hannah Ramirez, Tatum Brewster, Lexi Hackney, Kyra Treadwell, and Brooklyn Storts among many others in the Lady Indians lineup.

“This program is way more positive than it has even been,” Womack said. “She’s always bringing us up and never tearing us down when we are on the field.” 

Plainview’s road back to the state tournament will begin in district 3-4A.

Joining the Lady Indians will be Ada, Byng, Pauls Valley, along with local rivals Madill, Lone Grove, and Sulphur. 

“These girls have a work ethic, and are soaking up everything I can give them,” Self said. “At this point they would run through a wall for me. Being a young coach I feel fortunate to have a group who is so committed to me like they are.”

“Hitting and defense are things which will come down the road for us.” 

Plainview’s road back to the state tournament will begin in district 3-4A.

Joining the Lady Indians will be Ada, Byng, Pauls Valley, along with local rivals Madill, Lone Grove, and Sulphur. 

The season will begin on Aug. 7 on the road at Marlow, before a triangular against Davis and Healdton at Davis will take place the following day.

PHS will make its home debut on Aug. 14 in a district contest against Sulphur, which will serve as the district opener.