- Alma School District
Softball Family Means Forever 9/24/21
Softball family means forever
By Kevin Taylor
Donn Ostrander wasn’t ready to stop coaching softball. And he knew just who to call to keep that dream afloat.
He started with his daughters, Abbye and Hailey. The former Alma standouts excelled at every sport they participated in, especially softball.
A 2019 graduate of the University of the Ozarks, Hailey played four years of college basketball and softball.
Abbye, who did everything in high school except throw touchdown passes for the football team, might have played college sports, too, if not for a nagging shoulder injury she sustained her senior season.
“My dad wanted to start a team,” Hailey Ostrander said. “He contacted the Criswell sisters, and we knew a couple of girls from Oklahoma.”
Last weekend, the team Donn Ostrander pulled together went 5-0 at the PCB Class C World WSL (World Sports League) Championships in Panama City, Fla.
The team, coached by Donn Ostrander, Son Bolin, Brent Dunlap, and Luke Graham named OE Sports, included five for Lady Airedales - Hailey and Abbye Ostrander and the Criswell sisters, JoJo, Alexys, and K’La.
“Just to be able to play with them, it’s awesome,” Hailey Ostrander said. “ Having my sister on the team, I only got to play two years with her in high school.”
The squad also included Joehanna Morris, Jamie Jacques, Brittany Hoskins, Allie Barnes, Ashley Scroggins, Alexis Dunlap, Jaden Sevenstar, Lexi Watson, and Lora Collins.
“It meant everything to me,” Abbye Ostrander said. “It made it so easy to fight and give my all 110 percent of the time. Being able to still play a sport that I love with people I love is so incredible.”
A 2017 AHS graduate, Ostrander played softball, basketball, and volleyball. She cheered as a ninth-grader, competed on the dance team as a sophomore, and ran track through her sophomore year.
“Honestly, I don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t involved in sporting events,” Hailey Ostrander. “I have my first coaching and teaching job this year. It gives me an opportunity to be on a different side of sports - as a coach.”
Ostrander is coaching at Kinta, Okla. a Class B school in Haskell County.
“It’s kind of been a culture shock a little bit,” Ostrander said. “We’re in slowpitch right now with just nine players. We had to miss a game because two girls were in quarantine.
“But the girls are dedicated.”