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: Going to the University of Tulsa to continue my education and softball career.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: Before each game I say to myself my favorite quote, and then I jump and down three times, then shake out my arms. Before each time I go up to bat I take a deep breath and say “relax and hit.” After my games I go straight home and try and let my adrenaline calm.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: I don’t really listen to music before games.
Favorite subject/class: History.
Favorite teacher and why: Mrs. Fleming. She made my senior year so much better and she was always there to make us smile even at our worst.
Favorite coach and why: Coach Bain. She was like a second mom to me and no matter what she always had my back.
Best teammate and why: Grace Clark and Zada Swoopes. Two of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and they always kept my attitude and spirits high.
Best high school sports memory: When Coach Bain did a somersault into our circle after we beat Leonard my sophomore year.
Best high school non-sports memory: Prom.
What you love about your sport: I love that for seven innings I get to leave all my problems outside of the field. I get seven innings to give it everything I got. I get seven innings to do what I love to the best that I can. And I always know at the end of the day, softball will always be the love I’ll always have.
Favorite sports movie and why: “Home Run.” I got my favorite quote I say before each game from this movie.
Describe the Whitewright Class of 2020: Wild family.
Biggest lesson learned: Patience.
Biggest influence in your life: My parents.
Athlete you look up to: Kelsey Arnold.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: I cried and was very upset, but I knew that it was going to be okay and everything happened for a reason.
Message to your teammates: To give it all you got each play and each game that you play. Never leave the field wishing you would’ve gave more. Love every single second. Just enjoy it. And don’t forget, I love you guys.
Message to your freshman self: Hold on girlie — it’s a rough road ahead but you’re gonna come out on top and better then ever.
Thing you won’t miss at all: Our black Russell jerseys.
Thing you will miss the most: Representing my high school.