Heritage hadn’t had many down years in recent history but the War Eagles failed to make the 2013 state tournament.
Since that point, the War Eagles put in the work to make sure that didn’t happen again in 2014.
“We’ve probably worked harder than any other team in the conference and that’s showing right now,” Heritage senior Dalton McKaughan said.
Coach Keith Kilgore put his team through a tough offseason to not only work on the team’s skill but to build their mental toughness.
“Our mindset was to make state this year and we set ourselves on a good path to do that this year,” senior Colton Wetzler said.
Heritage completed a doubleheader sweep of Bentonville on Tuesday to move to 9-2 on the year, but more importantly 4-0 in the 7A/6A-West.
The fast start has not only shown that the summer’s work paid off, but has given the War Eagles something they lacked last season. Confidence.
“We’re playing with confidence right now and each and every time out on the field we’re learning a lot about our team, about individuals,” Kilgore said.
“Keep confidence up, just keep working hard and don’t take a day off,” junior Kacey Murphy said. “There is no reason to slack off. Just have to keep doing what we do every day.”