By Payton Moody
Aubrey Tomlinson, a talented softball player from Durant High School, has made her mark on the field through dedication, hard work, and a relentless spirit. Here’s a closer look at her journey, in her own words.
Tomlinson’s favorite coach, Katie Williams, the Durant High School soccer coach, has played a pivotal role in her high school career. “She has pushed me, believed in me, and has taught me so many things,” Tomlinson said.
Teammates are often a source of inspiration and support, and for Tomlinson, it’s Laila Ahmed who has stood by her side. Tomlinson admires Laila deeply, and their mutual support has strengthened their bond as teammates and friends.
In the classroom, Tomlinson found a guiding light in Ms. Blankenship, her math teacher at DHS. “She has been the only teacher who has taken her time and made sure her students understood and comprehended the subject,” Tomlinson said. “She has taught me patience and confidence in my studies.” Teachers who go the extra mile can make a significant difference in a student’s life.
To prepare for the upcoming season, Tomlinson identified her weaknesses and diligently worked on them to enhance her on-field performance. Her commitment to self-improvement is evident.
Softball isn’t just a game; it’s a school of life. “Some things that my sport has taught me are discipline, teamwork, and confidence,” she said. These attributes extend far beyond the softball diamond.
Tomlinson’s favorite memory in her sport takes her back to her sophomore year when her team made it to the semi-finals in the state championship. The leadership of the seniors, who were exceptional role models, made that journey unforgettable.
Looking ahead to the current season, Tomlinson has clear goals: “I hope that this season we make it to state and hopefully win for my last high school softball season.”
Tomlinson is particularly excited about the matchup against McAlester, a game known for its intense competition and sportsmanship. These matchups are what make high school sports memorable.
Beyond high school, Tomlinson has her sights set on UCO, where she plans to study Interior Architecture and Design. Her vision extends beyond the softball field, and Tomlinson is poised to make her mark in academics and beyond.