DICKSON — According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word rise has many definitions.

DICKSON — According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word rise has many definitions.

One of the specific incarnations of the word is defined as “To attain a higher level or rank.”

Reaching a higher level, such as the regional tournament is just one of the many goals the Dickson Lady Comets softball team has in mind for this season, as they prepare for their first year under the guidance of Kristin Williams. 

“These girls have drive, and the will to get better,” Williams said. “They want to make this program successful again, and the first step to doing that is having the right attitude, and they have that.”

“I want the best for these girls, and they have quickly bought into what I’ve brought into this team,” Williams added. “My three seniors have been keeping everyone motivated, and their leadership has been nothing short of perfect. We have numbers for years to come and that is only going to benefit our program. These girls know they have to show up and work hard in order to meet their goals.”

In order for the Lady Comets to make it back to the regional tournament this season, they will not only have to exercise demons from their past, but navigate through a tough district.

District 2-3A will feature the Lady Comets along with Atoka and Hugo as well as local teams including Marietta, Tishomingo, Kingston and the Lady Wolves from Davis High School. 

The Lady Comets will also be aiming to record their first 10 plus win season since 2015, when Dickson won 15 games. 

Last season the Lady Comets struggled to just nine victories, falling in the district tournament against the Lexington Lady Bulldogs.

Williams enters her first campaign at the helm of the Lady Comets having built a strong resume coaching high school teams in Texas. She was able to lead the Wolfe City varsity softball team to the playoffs, as well as helping build a solid foundation at S&S Consolidated in Sadler for the Lady Rams. 

However, this season there is plenty of experience coming back for the Lady Comets including seniors Kylie Farmer, Jaydn McKenzie and Shanna McKown.

“Coach (Kristin) Williams has faith in us, and pushes us to be better everyday,” McKenzie said. “At the same time, we have a lot of belief in her as players. I was nervous at first about the thought of my senior year, but now I’m just focused on being a better player and leader for this team.” 

McKown is coming off successful knee surgery in the offseason, having spent all of 2017-18 pitching with a knee brace. She said there’s not going to be any knee brace sightings this season, having  been cleared in March for full participation in softball related activities. 

“Coach (Kristin) Williams is arguably one of the best things that could have happened to this softball program,” McKown said. “I am however, sad that I’m only going to get one year of playing for her. I think she’s going to make me better as a player, as well as every girl on this team.”

“My knee is good, and I was released in March,” McKown added. “I was told in physical therapy that my knee is strong and it feels great. Our biggest strength is going to be our leaders and just overall leadership. We’ve really been working on getting stronger mentally overall.” 

Dickson will officially open the season on August 6 at home against Kingston in a district game followed by another home contest the next day against the Ringling Lady Blue Devils. 

A home doubleheader against Marietta and Comanche will follow on August 9.