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Brandie Odessa's new head softball coach. She was the starting catcher as a freshman in 1993, the inaugural season of Lady Bulldog softball.
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Brandie Westerhold, OHS alum, is Odessa's newest head coach
Odessa School District got it right when they hired Brandie Westerhold to be the next head coach of the softball program.
"Coaching has been and is an important part of my life," she said. "To me coaching is not only about the sport but lifelong lessons. It's about raising respectful, dedicated and hardworking individuals."
Softball has been a part of Westerhold's life since childhood. She began playing softball at the age of five. By 13 she was playing competitively. The 1992-93 school year saw the dawn of the softball program at Odessa, and Westerhold was the starting catcher as a freshman. That season she was named Second Team All-Conference. The next three years she was voted First Team All-Conference at catcher.
After graduating from Odessa High School in 1996, Westerhold attended Maple Woods Community College on a softball scholarship where she continued to excel behind the plate and in the classroom, receiving the Athletic/Academic Award both years. During her stay at MWCC, Westerhold coached an 18-and-under competitive team with Donnie Downs.
"Donnie was my competitive coach," Westerhold said. "She taught me love and passion for the game."
Westerhold continued her education at the University of Central Missouri where she graduated in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree with a major in physical education K-12 and a minor in Health K-12. Read more in The Odessan.
Girls golf camp... Players who attended Odessa's girls golf camp are, front, from left, Chad Meyer, head coach, Delaney Baker, Ryann Blacketer, Lucille Clark, Sylvia Gwodz, Jaci Green; back, Sean Cleary, instructor, Shannon Godard, Brittany Leap, Samantha Becker, Heather Kopp, Sadie Myers, Taylor Waibel, instructor. Not pictured, Roxanne Baker, Aubrey Banhart.
Golf camp prepares Odessa for seasons
Odessa's girls and boys golf teams got together in June in preparation for the upcoming season.
Lady Bulldogs held camp June 10-12 at Shirkey Golf Club in Richmond. They received instruction from Chad Meyer, head coach, and Taylor Waibel, an Odessa alum, and Sean Cleary, William Jewell College golfers.
Team worked on putting, chipping and full swings on the range. Read more in The Odessan.
Leadership camp... Wellington-Napoleon FFA Chapter members attended the State FFA Leadership Camp June 30-July 4. Front, from left, Rylyn Small, state FFA officer, Kiera Paige, Caitlin Neindick, Shelby Potter, Allison Russell, Taylor Shaw, Valerie Barnett, Elizabeth Fahrmeier; Morgan Coday, Alex Haun, state FFA officers; middle, Hunter Pence, John Meierer, Blake Gray, Neal Barnett; back, Samuel Fahrmeier, Duncan Hughes, Matthew Block, Mark Dickey.
Wellington-Napoleon FFA Chapter
attends state leadership camp
Fifteen members of the Wellington-Napoleon FFA Chapter attended the State FFA Leadership Camp June 30-July 4.
The camp, sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association, was held at Camp Rising Sun within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
The Institute provided leadership training for over 1200 high school students who are members of FFA.
High school students are trained by State FFA officers as well as a leadership director who is a past State FFA officer. Students learn how to overcome obstacles and develop communication and personal skills. Read more in The Odessan.
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