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: Either Champion Christian College or Ouachita Baptist. At these schools, I will be playing basketball. I am planning to major in kinesiology.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: Chick-fil-A exactly four hours before games.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: “Fear Is a Liar.”
Favorite subject/class: English and Anatomy and Physiology.
Favorite teacher and why: Coach Townsend. He’s one of these teachers who did not like to sugarcoat. He also took the time to help me better my writing by giving me severe criticisms. At the end of the day, after the all of the criticisms, we also have fun and joke around.
Favorite coach and why: Coach Ellison. The bond I had with him is strong and he’s a coach who I truly wish I could play for more.
Best teammate and why: Jennifer Cogswell. She’s a selfless player, she also cares and makes her teammates better around her.
Best high school sports memory: Anytime my team and I make our coaches laugh.
Best high school non-sports memory: Driving to games with my friends.
What you love about your sport: Softball is not my main sport, but I love playing the strong defense against the batting.
Favorite sports movie and why: “Hoosiers.” The amount of time, sweat, tears and blood it took the team to win gave me encouragement and courage to never give up.
Describe the Texoma Christian Class of 2020: Strong, intelligent, and fun.
Biggest lesson learned: Fear is a liar. If you let fear take over your game, it will make you lose confidence in the game. Don’t let fear take over!
Biggest influence in your life: My sister, Maggie Fortenberry. Just watching her succeed at college and how she overcame her challenges without complaining inspires me.
Athlete you look up to: Hannah Bentsen. I learned a lot from her being a multi-sport athlete and her dominance in the paint in basketball.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: Really upset, since it has been four years since I actually played due to injuries and commitment to basketball. I also felt bad for my senior teammate, Sophie Baca, since softball is her only sport.
Message to your teammates: Ball out the next few years! Work hard and be humble. Leave the school in a better place than it was.
Message to your freshman self: Don’t be so nervous! Just have fun and enjoy all the sports you play. Do not skip any workouts just because you don’t feel like it. It will be worth it in the end.
Thing you won’t miss at all: The conditioning!
Thing you will miss the most: Seeing my teammates and coaches everyday.