Softball: more than a sport


Junior Jordan Allen enjoys the new friends she has made in softball.

Story by Christina Harris, Staff Writer

Waving and saying hey to passing friends, junior Jordan Allen walks down the main hall, continues down the stairs, and follows the pathway to softball practice.  With her rigorous schedule of AP classes, such as English and Anatomy and Physiology, an active social life would almost seem impossible. But Allen makes the impossible possible.

“Like that song off of the radio [by Gretchen Wilson]: I work hard, I play harder,” Allen said. “It is hard to keep up with all my classes, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It will pay off in the long run, or at least that’s what everyone keeps telling me.”

Clearly, the determination and effort Allen gives in softball is done whole-heartily.

“I love softball,” Allen said. “It’s a big part of my life. Even though practice is really hot and the workouts are a pain, I love it.”

To Jordan, it’s not just a sport.

“I played varsity softball when I lived in New Mexico,” Allen said. “The coach was a lot harder, we worked twice as hard, and the heat was almost unbearable. So coming here and playing softball could almost be compared to a dream come true.”

The friends she’s met are a big factor in making softball a positive experience.

“Softball would not be near as fun if I didn’t have my super amazing teammates,” Allen said. “They were really accepting when I first got here, and practicing with them is part of the reason why softball is a big thing in my life.”