Last High School Sporting Event Before I Graduate

As I approach the last 4 weeks of high school I find it bitter sweet.  I am so excited for University and all the new adventures but I also feel a loss of security from my high school, friends and teachers who I’ve known for years.

Back when I was in Middle School I was on every single sports team they had and I loved every second of it.

Then while I was in high school I competed in two World Championships so I didn’t have all the time that I wanted for other sports since I was training all the time and working. I also didn’t want to risk getting injured before a huge a tournament and there is a big commitment of being on  National team..

At JMSS I only played on the basketball team, soccer team, track & field and today I played on the softball team. I am very disappointed that I didn’t have time to be on the track team this year but with TKD Canadian Eastern Championships in Nova Scotia next month I just couldn’t swing all the track practices and meets.

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JMSS Senior Softball Team

I’m such a competitive person and I always go out to win no matter what I’m doing.  However today was different.  I’ve never played softball before so I was surprised that the coach asked me to come out.  We only had two practices and then the one day tournament today.

I didn’t even know the rules and before today I had never even swung a bat  🙂

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I played 1st base all day
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Took one for the team and caught the ball 🙂

Since I knew this sport was for only a one day tournament I thought it would be fun to join in – and it was a blast!  I don’t think our expectations were too high with the lack of practice that we had but we were going to do our best. I know some of the girls do play on teams outside of school and I didn’t want to let them down.

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At first I was really nervous since I didn’t want to mess up and I was just figuring out the rules

When we showed up in our team t-shirts that was all painted with Sharpe pens ourselves and I’m sure the other teams in their professional jerseys thought we were crazy.  I chose my lucky team number 23 and for my last name I said LOLE =Live Out Loud Everyday since that is how I like to live my life.

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LOLE = Live Out Loud Everyday

My highlight was actually getting a HOME RUN!  I was so excited hearing the crack when the ball hit the bat that I almost forgot to run but everyone was screaming and cheering. It felt great so I just kept running until I hit home plate.

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It was a round robin tournament which guaranteed us 3 games.  The other teams were definitely more prepared and out of our league.  We came in a solid 6th place (out of six teams :)).  Each game we got better and better and we all really supported each other.  I miss these team bonding moments and this is a great group of girls.

Apparently another important skill in softball is learning how to eat sunflower seeds – another new experience for me but I got the hang of if very well 🙂

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My introduction to Sunflower seeds
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These little suckers are good 🙂

When I looked around at my friends and my coach Ms. Rucsh I realized how much I’m going to miss them next year.

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While the tournament was going  on our school was holding the “Oscar Awards”.  Basically everyone nominates people for different awards and then they vote on a winner.  I received a few text messages from friends back at the school who were attending the ceremony and I was told that I received the ‘Most Athletic Award’.  Thanks so much for everyone who nominated me and then voted for me.  Sorry I wasn’t there to get my trophy but I’ll get it tomorrow. I really do appreciate it 🙂

It was a great day and these are the days that I’m definitely going to miss 🙁