“Earning the right to play in this national tournament is a huge accomplishment,” said Comets coach Brianne McGowan-Durfee, a former Wooster High School and Oregon State University standout. “It’s a big honor. The competition will be really good.”
Sisters Mary and Megan Dettling, Lindsay Yearman and Denaya Thompson are Reed High products. Megan Dettling will be back at Reed for her senior year next spring while the other three graduated from RHS last month.
Aubrene Blas and Myrissa Prince are Spanish Springs student athletes who compete for the Comets. Blas graduated from SSHS last month while Prince will be a senior at the local school for the 2013-14 school year.
The Comets qualified for the PGF National after showing well at a PGF Qualifier played in Salinas, Calif. last month. The team has eight graduated seniors and seven of those have signed to play college softball.
“You had to be in the Top 6 to qualify automatically. We were in the top 8 and then we still got invited,” Prince said. “It was really exciting to hear the news. We are the first northern Nevada team to ever get invited to PGF Nationals.
"We didn’t learn that we had qualified until a week after. We are all excited. It will be our last tournament. So it’s a good way to send out all of our seniors and it will be good for the underclassmen too, the ones who are still unsigned because there will be a lot of college coaches there. I think these tournaments are fun. You have to play the best to be the best.”
McGowan-Durfee expects the team’s experience at nationals to be valuable and positive.
“Many of our girls have signed, but for the ones who haven’t, they’ll get to play in front of a lot of college coaches,” McGowan-Durfee said. “This tournament will kind of be one last chance to compete together and spend some time at the beach, before they come back and most of them go off to college.”