Softball welcomes new player

When tragedy struck at Newbury Park High School last August, Junior Joie Steinkamp was faced with a big decision: stay at the alma mater that her family shared in, or transfer to another school in an effort to help her focus on her overall wellness and healing. Joie was an accomplished pitcher on the mound for NPHS, ranking among the top 20 pitchers in Ventura County. Joie was excited to start school in August and begin training for her junior year. This excitement turned to sadness and confusion with news that her head coach Mike Dagan unexpectedly passed away due to complications with Covid-19. The program and the community were devastated, as Coach Dagan’s impact on the program was great. Losing Coach Dagan was especially hard on Joie who had been mentored by him for 3 years. The program was now in a state of flux and Joie had to make a big decision. In January, Joie Steinkamp decided to transfer to Grace Brethren High School. Joie said, “I chose Grace Brethren to be in an environment I felt like I could thrive in overall. From their Christian faith based curriculum to small class sizes, this new environment was just what I needed in order to continue my education in the most positive and healthy way.” Joie has now been training with the Lancer Softball program under Coach Heidi Bird since the semester started. However, since Joie transferred from NPHS and competed within the last 12 months, Joie was given a “sit out period” by CIF which ended on March 22nd. Joie is looking forward to getting back into the game she loves, representing her new school colors, and competing as a Lancer. Joie says, “The steadfast energy I have on the mound follows me into the classroom and my faith. The dedication to my pitching craft coupled with my leadership mindset, shapes me to be a force in the circle!”

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