Jackson College's Jets softball team continues their winning ways this season!
Shattering their own record for the most wins in a season set just last year – 33 – the Jets head into tournament play with 36 wins this season! Their record is 36-13 overall, 24-8 in the MCCAA Western Conference.
A milestone for head coach Jamie Vandenburgh and assistant coach Mick Ream came April 5, when they marked their 100th win in five years coaching together, in the second week of conference play. They finished the regular season with 118 wins.
"It's really a testament to the ladies and how far this program has come. They are the ones who acquire those wins," Vandenburgh said. "It's cool that we have been able to turn this program around and go in a positive direction."
"This group of kids has been a wonderful group to work with," said Ream. A retired high school teacher, athletic director and principal, Ream brings years of experience to the team, a complement to Vandenburgh's youthful energy. They have coached together now for five years. "It's a good mix; we seem to work well together. With the addition of Tammy Bates a year and a half ago, we have three coaches who really get along well together. I think it's helped our team's progress because of our continuity."
After a first-time district tournament berth last year, they return to the NJCAA District Championship Monday in Sandusky, Ohio. The Jets will play at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 13 in the first round of the district championship. They face Kalamazoo Valley, who is 24-18 on the season overall.