Kansas City, Sept. 6, 2019: After a four-decade absence from Kansas City Public Schools, softball made its return to the district as the Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Blue Tigers Girls team played its first game of the 2019 season.
Lincoln Prep’s season debut began with a match-up versus Harrisonville High School on Thursday evening, Sept. 5 at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District.
This game marked the official relaunch of softball in KCPS. In celebration, School Board members Jennifer Wolfsie and Manny Abarca were on-hand to deliver the ceremonial first-pitches. Harrisonville won the game 12-0.
Composed of nearly 25 girls, most of the Lincoln Prep team members have not played softball prior to this year. According to first-year coach Elizabeth Fowler, they have risen to the challenge of establishing a new legacy for KCPS.
“Players are working hard to form a cohesive bond as a team both on and off the field,” Coach Fowler said. “I’m excited to see them develop as student-athletes and as a team.”
The addition of softball at Lincoln Prep is part of an overall push to expand opportunities for students to participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities across KCPS. The plan is to field softball teams at all KCPS high schools over the next three to five years, according to district Athletic Director James Sanders.
“The team at Lincoln Prep is really just the start for softball in Kansas City Public Schools,” Dr. Sanders said. “We’re already working with students and staff at the other high schools to lay the groundwork for their own teams.”
For more information about this new team and for a complete season schedule, visit www.kcpublicschools.org/lincoln and click on “Athletics.”
Visit the KCPS Flickr site for more photos from this game.