RINGLING – When it comes to Ringling High School athletics, winning isn’t just a tradition, it’s a way of life.

RINGLING – When it comes to Ringling High School athletics, winning isn’t just a tradition, it’s a way of life.

From the proud winning history of the multi-time state champion Blue Devils football team, to the just as stellar lineage of the Lady Blue Devils softball program, RHS has made its name associated with not just winning trophies, but accumulating them in groves.

Last season, the Lady Blue Devils came within one game of adding another trophy to their collection, as they fell in the state semi-finals against eventual state champion Tushka.

With next year being the 10-year anniversary of the last state title won by a Ringling softball program, the players on this year’s roster along with veteran head coach Steve Pybas, are looking to add another piece to an already proud history.

“We’ve got some good kids coming back this season,” Pybas said. “Codi (Tolliver) and Rayme (Tolliver) are going to be carrying the majority of the pitching load for us this season. If we can stay healthy this season, we are going to be capable of doing some great things. It’s just a matter of navigating through a lot of things and staying on course.”

Pybas added that the loss in the state semi-finals from last season has brought extra motivation to his players, which include four seniors along with numerous freshman and sophomore players, along with two juniors.

Among those seniors are Codi Tolliver, Whitney Lester, Kassidy Perkins and Presley Reid. Junior London Lewis will also be pitching on the mound, while fellow junior Raylee Pogue will also look to make an impact for RHS this season.

“These girls hate losing, plain and simple,” he said. “At the same time, they are very coachable and have amazing support from this community. As long as they keep giving the effort and have a good attitude, this season should be special for them.”

“Our younger girls are good and have been working extremely hard in the offseason,” Pybas said. “There’s a good mix with this squad. There’s always someone willing to step up and make something happen for us when we need it.”

Ringling will open the season on Aug. 8 at home against Wilson.

The road will almost become like a second home over the next few weeks for the Lady Blue Devils, as they will play just one more home game at the end of the month on Aug. 29 against Kingston.

Road contests against Healdton, Turner, Comanche, Central High, Marlow, along with a trip to the Rock Creek Tournament and the Velma-Alma Festival will follow inbetween the two home games.

Ringling’s only other home game of the season will be on Sept. 12 against the Velma-Alma Lady Comets.

Ringling will also play in the Comanche Tourney and the SW Shootout.