Haslet Eaton athletics shattered first-year expectations

There’s no rule that a new high school has to be a pushover in its first year of varsity competition. Haslet Eaton just proved that.

When then-head football coach Brad Turner assembled his coaches before 2016-2017, he set the tone with a phrase.

“Expect to Win!”

That’s easier said than done. However, every Eagles athlete in every sport was challenged to compete to win district championships and reach the postseason.

For the most part, the inaugural athletic season erased the stereotype of the first-year program. Softball (26-8-1, 11-3) won the District 6-5A championship and advanced to the Region I quarterfinals. Girls soccer (12-7, 10-4) became the first team sport to advance to the playoffs.

The biggest part was the kids could write their own story and believe in the mission of what we wanted to do.

Eaton softball coach Lynn Rottman, on the school’s atypical success in its first year of varsity play

Allyn Tyer finished third in the girls Class 5A pole vault at the state track and field meet earlier this month. Kiyle Delgado placed third in the 102-pound division…

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