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: I will play softball at NCTC and plan to pursue a degree in radiologic technology.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: Before games I listen to loud music, lots of classic rock. I always stretch extra. And I HAVE to throw long toss; it is an absolute must. After games, if it’s a dub it’s party time. If it’s a loss I like to (sometimes) walk through the game again and figure out what could have been done better. I especially like reflecting on it with my mom.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: Anything classic rock: Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC. And there’s always room for old Kanye and Lil Wayne.
Favorite subject/class: Science. Anything science.
Favorite teacher and why: Mr. Schutts. He was my Algebra II teacher sophomore year. I was really nervous about that class because I didn’t do well in Algebra I but the way he taught it made a lot of sense and I actually really enjoyed that class.
Favorite coach and why: Coach Samuels from my freshman and sophomore year. The summer before my freshman year I didn’t play travel ball and I didn’t think I could play in college. She saw a lot of potential in me as a freshman and started me on varsity. She made me realize that if I wanted to play college ball, I absolutely could. She also believed in me when she moved me to catcher my sophomore year. I learned a lot from her and I’m very grateful I had the opportunity to play for her.
Best teammate and why: Jessica Bridges. She was my pitcher and we developed a really strong bond and it made the game so much fun.
Best high school sports memory: Hitting a home run off Denison’s pitcher when we played them at home my junior year. And hitting the first home run every year, all four years.
Best high school non-sports memory: Homecoming week of senior year. It was a lot of fun to get to be a nominee and make it to the top six. Although I did miss the actual dance for a softball tournament.
What you love about your sport: I love how dynamic the game is. The game can change in the blink of an eye. I love the fire and the drive the game stirs up. The competition can be fierce and those are the BEST games.
Favorite sports movie and why: “Remember the Titans.” It proves that sports can break down any barrier and provide camaraderie among everyone.
Describe the Sherman Class of 2020: Resilient, born at the time of 9/11 and graduating during the pandemic. Diverse. I’ve met so many different types of people throughout high school.
Biggest lesson learned: Patience and to learn from and embrace your failures.
Biggest influence in your life: My parents. They’ve always backed my dreams. They’ve pushed me to be better, work harder. I wouldn’t be where I am today or where I’m going in the future without their support and guidance.
Athlete you look up to: Lauren Chamberlain. Always. Not only is she a complete powerhouse of a softball player, setting and breaking records, but she is also honest and true to her self, creating a positive example of what it means to be a strong woman for many.
Reaction to the season being cancelled: Disbelief. After working so hard and putting in the time, effort and commitment the last couple of years, it was heartbreaking to have my senior season ripped away from me. I had a picture painted in my head of what my Senior Night was going to be like, how I wanted to play my last games as a Bearcat. So many goals I set to achieve.
Message to your teammates: NEVER stop working hard. And do not be afraid of the hard work. It may suck and hurt in the moment but in the long run, it will only make you better. Set goals for yourself, know what you want to do, how you want to compete. Believe in yourself and BE THE BOSS.
Message to your freshman self: Be patient. Allow yourself time to grow — a seed won’t turn into a tree over night. Work hard for what you want, and you’ll be rewarded.
Thing you won’t miss at all: Passing periods between classes. Yuck.
Thing you will miss the most: The emotions of the team. The jam session on the bus before a game, the fierce fight to win a game, the celebration after a win.