MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Missoula Big Sky Eagles are looking to make it back to state for another consecutive year, and needless to say the team is excited and ready for the season to start.

"It's definitely something I look forward to the whole year," said Eagles sophomore Kendall Mooney. "It's really exciting to finally get to come outside and play."

"Oh, I'm so jacked for it," said Eagles sophomore Morgan Johnson. "It will be interesting this year since there's a lot of sophomores practically all sophomores a couple seniors but it will be interesting to see how well we do."

The Big Sky Eagles return a young group of girls after graduating seven seniors from last years team, but the Eagles are using last season as a stepping stone moving forward.

"They have a whole different attitude about state this year," said Big Sky head softball coach Dennis Staves. "They want to get back there really bad and they know what a big deal it is now. Last year they didn't quite understand it and this year they do so they're definitely building for it."

"We're really excited, we took fifth last year at state and we're coming to make a good appearance at state this year," said Johnson.

"I think it helps with knowing each others strengths and being able to play with each other previously to coming into this season," said Mooney. "I think we'll be pretty good this year cause we all have played together for a while now."

And of course as every team does at the beginning of the season the Eagles have their own goal set for the upcoming season.

"Our big one is city, city champs," said Jonson. "It was a close one last year against Hellgate and Sentinel and we had a tough loss but you know this year should be our year."

"Our big goal would be to win state, smaller than that go to state, and then even smaller just be city champs," said Mooney.

"We always set goals for ourselves, all the players set goals," said Staves. "We would like to end up in the top two or three in our conference and then just get to state and see where we fall."

Big Sky will have its first live competition Saturday, April 5. at the Great Falls Jamboree.