“Softball is not only a sport but a lifestyle, something I look forward to everyday because it gives me the opportunity to prove myself and do something with some of my closest friends.”
Senior Peyton Newman has been on the varsity softball team for four years and has made an incredible impact each time she steps on the field. Newman is one of the many athletes who are having the opportunity to play the sport they love at the next level.
Newman had many options when it came to which school she was deciding to play at. However, this one had everything she was looking for.
“I love the girls and the coaches too,” Newman said. “Also, being able to do my desired major of nursing was very important to me.”
When it comes to this sport, Newman has taken many different things away from it in just the past few years—a leadership role and growth mentally and physically.
“Being a leader is tough, but a lot of fun in the same way,” she said. “It is interesting because you have to figure out your teammates not just in a ‘friend way’ but a way where you can push them to be a better ball player, too.”
With her selfless demeanor, Newman believed it was key to put the team first in everything she did and be there for them no matter what.
“Softball has built me into the person I am today in so many ways,” she said.
Many emotions arise with her when it comes to thinking about the past four years on varsity because that is where she grew the most. She believes she is very blessed to have had all the amazing opportunities and experiences through the sport.
“Given the chance to play at the next level is so exciting and is definitely a privilege,” Newman said. “It makes me realize all my hard work has paid off, but I also have so much more room to grow as a player and person.”