In her words

In her words

High school sports have impacted my life in many different ways. Being a captain in softball and basketball has led me to become a leader in every aspect of my life.

It forces me to give 100 percent because if my teammates see me giving the effort, then they will as well. Sportsmanship has always been very important to me. No matter whether the county championship or a nonconference game, everyone should be respected the same.

Sports take physical and mental toughness. Physical toughness is the ability you have. Mental toughness is the desire to achieve. Practice is what creates a true softball player. Day in and day out, having basketball and softball practice every day during the season taught me dedication.

Dedication is not only used in sports. Anything you set your mind to do takes dedication. When I am in the last inning, with two outs, down by one, and up to bat, something just tells me, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”

Sports force you to fight until the buzzer goes off. No matter how tired you are, you have to find a way to win. Although no one wins every game, when you strive for perfection, you will be closer than anyone else.

Even if I know how to field, how to throw and how to hit, I still have room to learn more. Every time I step foot on the softball diamond, I learn something new. Practice is where your work ethic starts.

The work ethic I have in high school will carry out through my life. Sports are just a small aspect of my life, but the numerous amount of obstacles I have overcome will stay with me through my journey. Sports have made me who I am today. My work ethic is nothing but 100 percent. To be the best you must train like the best.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm's Brittany Hay

Senior female area honorable mention
Mary Bass, Bismarck-Henning
Jamison Brandt, Blue Ridge
Hannah Cargo, Rantoul
Laura Crane, Prairie Central
Devin Curry, Watseka
Jia Curry-Bild, Urbana Uni High
Tori Gaesser, GCMS
Mindy Garrelts, Milford
Karly Goodman, Arthur-Lovington
Aariona Graham, Danville
Lexi Hall, Centennial
Randa Harshbarger, STM
Allie Hislope, Monticello
Hannah Houska, Monticello
Kailey Kleinert, PBL
Kristina Lee, Judah Christian
Janelle Marion, Schlarman
Miranda Marry, Fisher
Lauren Moses, Shiloh
Gabi Rajic, Urbana
Samantha Reece, Arcola
Bailey Reifsteck, Unity
Shelby Simmons, SJ-O
Abby Smith, Tri-County
Haley Toohill, Clinton
Sarah Van Wingerden, M-S
Erin Walker, Tuscola
Kaitie Wildman, A-H
Hannah Wright, Champ. Central
Morgan Zindars, A-P

Past area senior Female Athletes of the Year:
YEAR  NAME                         SCHOOL
2014    Brittany Hay                Georgetown-Ridge Farm
2013    Kandie Bloch-Jones    Argenta-Oreana
2012    Chelsea Blaase          St. Joseph-Ogden
2011    Lindsay Troike            Tuscola
2010    Amy Martin                 Oakwood
2009    Molly Romine             Tuscola
2008    Stephanie Denius       Oakwood
2007    Heidi McKean             CPCI
2006    Kelli McMahon            Westville
2005    Brooke Cultra             Iroquois West
2004    Maggie Hauser           Unity
2003    Amanda Maxedon      Oakland

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