DEER PARK – On Monday, April 13, the undefeated Deer Park High School softball team not only celebrated a victory over the Madeira Amazons, but also Bill Newton’s 200th win as head coach of the Deer Park Wildcats.
“I feel fortunate to have led (the Deer Park) program so many years. The support at all levels has been tremendous,” Newton said. “My first team had a large number of freshmen and all this group talked about was becoming champions. I explained the commitment involved, and they embraced it. Championship fever caught on, and every group since that one has made it their goal to be called a champion. New classes come and go, but the commitment to excellence never subsides.“
This latest win increases Newton’s coaching record to a combined 233 career victories at Anderson High School and Deer Park High School and it will extend the Wildcats’ season to an 8-0 record. The Wildcats are proud of their record and, with Newton as their proven coach, plan to defend their status atop the Cincinnati Hills League. Under Newton’s leadership, Deer Park has been champions of the CHL multiple times: 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014.
“The most important ingredient, though, is the players. A lot of teams win a lot of games, but only a few get to be champions. It takes a lot of hard work to master the fundamentals, something every Deer Park softball team does,” said Newton.
With a strong senior class, the Wildcats hope to make a deep run in the state playoffs.
“Every time Deer Park takes the field, records fall. Senior Lacey Chadwell holds the current home run record with 18, senior Samantha Wood holds the current doubles record with 35, and senior Ceara Trusty holds the current hits record with 143,” said Rob Hamann, Deer Park athletic director.