Coach: CHELL LOONEY
Pryor has a strong core of players coming back from its 2021 Class 5A semifinal team. “We have a lot of experience coming back in the circle,” said head coach Chell Looney. “We will be young in sports but expect to get better throughout the year. This should be a fun group to work with.” The Lady Tigers have a lot of offensive firepower. Elyssa Branham (CF, Sr.) enjoys being a leader to the younger girls and getting to experience something unique: a shot at the state championship. Last year Pryor narrowly lost to eventual state champion, Piedmont. Branham said that she sees this season as a chance at redemption after falling short last year. “Our goal is to make it back to state, finish what we started, and hopefully win it all,” Branham said. Brooklynn Stohler (P, Jr.) is the natural MVP of the team. She is the starting pitcher for the Lady Tigers and has impressed coaches with her work ethic and passion for softball. “Stohler is someone who never backs down and is ready to overcome any adversity,” Looney said. “Her preparation, athleticism, and confidence allows everyone on the field to play without fear.” Coaches describe Camree Hawkes (Sr.) with three words: strong, determined, and hardworking. Hawkes is a natural leader who expects greatness from her team and is willing to make personal sacrifices to benefit the team. Hawkes is a standout player on defense and has a strong presence at the plate. Kenzie Bennett (Fr.) is a young player that coaches have big expectations around. She is new to Pryor and can swing a bat and is a hard worker who communicates well with teammates. Coaches can’t wait to see how she develops. Adriana Donnelly is a confident, hardworking young player. She is always looking for ways to help the team and offer encouragement. Donnelly is the type of person that can be moved around wherever she is needed and will never complain. Looney said she has been a vital asset to the social dynamic of the team. Also look for Katie Petrescu to make solid contributions going into her senior year. Petrescu can come through in the clutch as demonstrated when she scored the winning run last year in a 2-1 victory over Carl Albert.