Juanita High senior fastpitch softball players, from left, Eden Radke and Jordan Schroeder. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

Juanita High senior fastpitch softball players, from left, Eden Radke and Jordan Schroeder. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

Radke and Schroeder lead the way for Juanita

Rebel fastpitch softball squad eyes a return trip to state.

Last May, the Juanita High fastpitch softball team notched a thrilling victory over West Seattle with a walkoff single by senior graduate Megan Murray to qualify for the 3A state tournament once again.

The Rebels want another taste of state and senior captains Eden Radke and Jordan Schroeder are set on guiding their team to the promised land of the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

“Every year we have been going to state, so that kind of helps us. We have a new goal every year is to go to state and hopefully win state. We just take last year and we take what we learned from the state tournament and then work on it this year,” said Radke, who will play first base and outfield.

Teamwork and chemistry are key components to the squad and Radke added that in order for the players to improve, they need to give it their all on every play each time out at practice.

On leading the squad as one of the Rebels’ three captains — junior Sasha Mitchell completes the trio — Schroeder feels the team will need to possess commitment and drive in order to succeed. The outfielder added that they’ve got some solid players on their side of the field.

They include the following returners: senior Heather Gengo, juniors Mitchell, Abbie Reynolds and Kaci Gordon, and sophomores Mackenzie Burke, Lauren Moreau and Rylee Blackburn.

Schroeder said that being around the girls is a treat.

“I feel like we’re very close. I know every one of the girls at school and I say hi,” she said.

The Reporter asked Radke and Schroeder a few questions to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives:

What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever been given?

Radke: My dad told me to be a friend to everybody. If you’re a friend to everybody, then you learn to respect people and they respect you. You don’t have any tension with people, you just be a nice person.

Schroeder: You’re the best you that you can be. That kind of just stuck with me.

If you could go to dinner with one person, who would that be?

Radke: Ariana Grande and Jesus. Different tables.

Schroeder: Michelle Obama, ‘cause I think that what she does with young adults is really inspiring.

What special skill would you like to learn?

Radke: I wanna learn how to play basketball.

Schroeder: I really wish I was a good singer. I think I’m pretty good right now, but obviously could get better ‘cause I haven’t really gotten that record deal yet.

What’s you favorite restaurant in the area?

Radke: Pizza Bank. (The both work there.)

Schroeder: Cafe Veloce.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Radke: I feel like slow drivers, when they’re going 25 in a 35, but then I get the safety thing, so it’s fine.

Schroeder: When people chew with their mouth open.

What super power would you like to have?

Radke: Flying.

Schroeder: Invisibility. But I could turn it on and off.

More in Sports

Running and jumping his way to the state championships

Juanita’s Greenwalt wins four events at 3A KingCo meet, two at districts.

Lake Washington baseball advances to state semifinals

With a pair of wins on day one of the 3A state… Continue reading

Kangs, Rebels softball squads snag 3A state spots

LW takes second in district title game.

LW girls win league track and field title; Juanita’s Greenwalt notches four crowns

Lake Washington High’s girls track and field squad won the 3A KingCo… Continue reading

Lake Washington earns state berth with nine-inning win over Eastside Catholic

Kennedy lifts the Kangs with clutch walkoff single.

Lake Washington players mob sophomore Maddie Miller after she connected on a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning. Lake Washington defeated Bellevue, 12-5, in the 3A KingCo tournament championship game on May 10 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Kangaroos conquer Wolverines in 3A KingCo tournament title game

Lake Washington redeems itself in championship contest.

‘That camaraderie kept me fueled’

Juanita boys soccer ends season in playoffs.

Hoopster headed to University of Redlands

Kirkland’s Barker played for Eastside Catholic.

Lake Washington baseball and softball teams register playoff victories

Nation Wood slammed a pair of homers and Lake Washington blanked Interlake,… Continue reading

Juanita boys soccer advances in league playoffs

Juanita’s boys soccer team defeated Mercer Island, 2-1, in overtime on Tuesday… Continue reading

‘There is no time to waste time’

Kirkland resident, O’Dea student keeps busy on and off the soccer field.

Islanders register comeback victory against Rebels

Mercer Island prevails in overtime against Juanita.