With the spring sports season cancelled by the UIL because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Herald Democrat is putting a spotlight on the seniors who had their high school careers abruptly come to an end.
College plans: Attend the University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain to continue soccer career.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: I scan the field to see what our team can do first with the ball.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: “Machine” by Imagine Dragons.
Favorite subject/class: U.S. History.
Favorite teacher and why: Ms. Jenkins, eighth grade. She taught in a way that made class fun. She also made you think in a creative way, and she let you be yourself in her class. It was the best English class I’ve ever been in.
Favorite coach and why: Coach Hawkins. He loves what he does, which means he has passion for the game. He expected big things from the team, which pushed us to be at our best.
Best teammate and why: How could I pick one? I appreciate all of my teammates that I’ve had I’ve though the years!
Best high school sports memory: 2019 Denison game. We were losing 1-0 when D’Ira Woods scored a goal in the 79th minute and tied it 1-1. We went to penalties and won the game, and the team dove into a dog pile.
Best high school non-sports memory: The laughs and memories I’ve made with all of my friends.
What you love about your sport: Soccer allows you to be a part team, while still allowing you to showcase your own talent. It is a mental and physical game that challenges you every time you step out in the field.
Favorite sports movie and why: “The Blind Side.” It’s a true story and it showcases that everything doesn’t come easy. You have to work for what you want.
Describe the Sherman Class of 2020: Smart, talented and creative. We also like to have fun in everything we do!
Biggest lesson learned: Everything happens for a reason. Trust in the path I was given.
Biggest influence in your life: I have two. My family. They push me to be the best I can be. They are there to celebrate the wins and help me through the losses. They have shaped me to be the person I am today.
The second is my club coach Salim Sedeh. He built me into the player I am today. He taught me how to see the field from a coach’s point of view. He is the reason I want to be a coach after college.
Athlete you look up to: Abby Wambach. I wear the No. 20 because of her. She moved down the field with force and grace and whenever she had the opportunity to score with a header, she did.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: I was gutted after realizing that I would not finish the season with my friends. I wanted to be able to say goodbye to high school soccer after our last game but I didn’t get that chance.
Message to your teammates: I miss y’all so much! Keep working hard and show the district that Sherman is a force to be reckoned with!
Message to your freshman self: You did it. Your dream of being able to play college soccer came true! Try to not be so hard on yourself and have fun playing the game!
Things you won’t miss at all: Gut Clenchers. I think the name is self-explanatory.
Things you will miss the most: Making memories on the bus rides, at 6:30 practices and on the field with my best friends.