Seniors reflect on careers after finishing season in districts


Makayla Mais

Senior Andrew Bozarth swings for a ball during a game against California. Bozarth played baseball for two years.

Makayla Mais, Editor-In-Chief

Soon the spring sports will come to a close and the senior athletes will have to part ways with their team they have been with for four years. Lone senior outfielder Andrew Bozarth looks back on the two years of his high school baseball career. Bozarth enjoyed his time on the team playing the sport he loves.

  “I will miss high school baseball because it’ll be the last time I’ll play competitively,” Bozarth said.     Head coach Jason Ollison reflects on Bozarth’s time on the team and his biggest highlight from this season.

  “I have really enjoyed coaching Andrew. He has done a wonderful job of accepting his role on this team.  When he gets an opportunity to perform he works on doing the right thing, his selflessness will be something that will be missed,” Ollison said. “His biggest highlight was his bunt single at Osage, which led to a big inning for us that carried us to the win.”

   Assistant coach Derald Henderson and junior catcher Hunter Bagley said Bozarth has grown significantly.

  “Andrew has grown significantly. He’s more comfortable being out there,” Henderson said. “He works hard and has a good attitude.”

  “Andrew has come very far as a player. I remember as a freshman, when Andrew could barely catch a ball or swing a bat,” Bagley said. “Now as a junior, I watch him get varsity playing time and he has significantly improved to be a good player full of energy.”

  Senior manager Ray Utter looks back on the last two years he managed for the team.

  “I started managing because my brother and my friends played,” Utter said. “The people that played when I managed were really cool. I’m really happy I managed when I did.”

   Utter shared his future goals from being a manager.

   “I want to go and be an assistant coach somewhere,” Utter said. “I like the kids that are playing this year. I want to be a coach in the years to come”

  Along with Bozarth and Utter, Ollison and Henderson will be leaving to accept positions at other schools. Ollison accepted a position at Versailles High School as a boy’s basketball/baseball coach to be closer to family. Henderson accepted a position for a varsity boy’s basketball coach at Stockton High School, which will put him closer to his family.

  “I’ll miss getting to know the guys and being around them,” Henderson said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be at Warsaw.”

  “I am very thankful for the time I had at Warsaw. The players, administrators, and staff here are wonderful people and I will miss them all. Coach Thomas, Coach Morgan, Coach Foster, Mr. Luebbert, and Mr. Daleske are wonderful people and are doing a great job of building an athletic program,” Ollison said. “I would like to thank everyone for their support of both the basketball and baseball programs and wish all of my players good luck in the future.”

   The first round of districts was held on May 13. The teams in the district include Warsaw, Bolivar, Sherwood, Blair Oaks, Butler and California. The team lost in the first round against Sherwood. The team ended the season with a record of 5-17 with wins against Versailles, Cole Camp, Knob Noster, Osage and Rose Bud, and losses to Pilot Grove, Clinton, Hallsville, Skyline, Southern Boone, Flippin, Arkansas, El Dorado Springs, Holden, Buffalo, Eldon, Sacred Heart, Clinton, Arkansas, and Lebanon, California, Bolivar, Blair Oaks, and Sherwood.