|Club||Mike Macken and Sam Macken||Rochester Royals16U||Rochester||MN|
|Primary Position||Third Base|
|Stance||Throwing arm||Vertical jump||Bench Press (max)|
I thrive on pressure and love knowing that I have the power to hit the bombs over the fence in those clutch situations. I also know that sometimes even if you have power, the best thing for your team is to hit some green and advance the runners. I don't play selfish ball-it is about my team and I will do whatever it takes to help my sisters win. I had a Walk- Off Single in a State Softball Tourney last year. I also had my first 3-point "Buzzer-Beater" in my Spring State Basketball Tourney last year so those were great memories. While I love those moments, the best part is knowing I tried, succeeded, and my team mates would have had my back regardless.
I love being active, growing as an individual and as a team. I don't remember a time I was not playing or watching sports. I started out playing baseball when I was 5 years old. It made me tough and I loved it! I can't imagine my life without sports! Hanging out with my team and making new friends. I love getting to know new coaches (I lost track of how many I have had) because each one teaches me something new.As I have went on to play higher club-level ball, it has made me want to work harder, practice longer and want it more. When you get to the club-level, every athlete is a competitor. This has helped me focus on further developing my skills which will help me stand out against tougher competition. I hope to be able to play on a Premier Gold -Level Club Team in the near future. One day I hope to be able to be a coach and help young athletes just like I was helped when I was young.
I am a worker - I know I have to put in the time every day including weekends to prepare myself to compete. I have tall galls for myself and plan to achieve every one of them. I don't really have an off season - I set up a BowNet in my living room and hit daily -MN winter does not stop me from keeping my skills up. I want to play ball and represent a great school and be a good role model. I try to always remember that there are little girls watching me and I want to inspired them to play the game I love.
I believe that being a leader means supporting your team and representing on and off the field or court. By this I mean- win or lose, in uniform or not, you need to respect yourself, the game, and be a good role model for others. I was coached early on to look around at your team mates. Each person has different gifts and abilities. The biggest thing is to not cheat yourself. Give 150% of your ability each practice and each game and ask your team mates to do the same. Even if we are all different, if we GIVE all we can each and every time, we will be winners. The scoreboard does not always reflect it, but inside- we truly will be and those are life lessons that we will have forever.
Healthy athletic performance means taking care of your physical as well as your mental self. In order to be a good athlete and achieve your full potential, you have to do the basic things like get your rest, eat healthy, and exercise. However, sports is 90% mental so you have to prepare your mind so your body can help you be the best you can be. Taking care of your body will help prevent injuries. Healthy performance means supporting your team mates, listening to your coaches, showing respect for your opponent, fans, officials. Respecting the game. Realizing that it is not all about you-I am proudest when my team shows good sportsmanship and we win as well. Together it is a great combination. I am a worker. In softball, I get done with team practice and want more so I do more training and tee work at home. I am hardest on myself because I want to take my performance to the next level. My goal is to play the highest level club ball I can, then play for a college that recognizes my academic, community service and athletic ability, along with my competitive spirit, are a full package I have worked hard to build.
I serve on the National Student Athlete Advisory Board (NSAAB) through Positive Coaching Alliance.I am 1 of 30 student athletes in the United States currently serving. I am a 3ECHO training volunteer helping with active shooter training with EMS/Fire/Police/S.W.A.T, Polar Plunge for Special Olympics- both plunging as well as volunteering during the event. Cabin Fever Bean Bag Tourney for Childhood Cancer Research. Law Enforcement TORCH Run, Olmsted County Adopt-A-Highway program,Miracle Field "buddy" for Miracle League Softball. I volunteer to help 8U and 10U softball players, My MN Lightning '18 Basketball team played in the Gus Macker 3ON3 Basketball Tourney to raise money for the YMCA. I am also an active member of our church as well as our church youth group.
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