Name: Trinity Needham
School: I first went to McKinney Boyd for my freshman and sophmore years. I have attended Melissa High School for my junior and senior years.
Sport: I have been a varsity starter all four years for softball.
College plans: I plan to attend East Texas Baptist University to get my nursing degree and play softball there.
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: A superstition I have while out on the field includes not stepping on the foul lines before game time. I always pray before a game, too.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: I love to listen to rap and pump-up music. Any song by DaBaby is a bop. I can really get pumped up and dance to “No Hands” by Waka Flocka Flame.
Favorite subject/class: My favorite class at school has to be anatomy and physiology.
Favorite teacher and why: My favorite teacher has to be Mrs. Venner. I have had her for the past two years for my medical classes. She always brings such a great energy to class. She also has many crazy stories to tell us about her family and her medical experiences.
Favorite coach and why: My favorite coach in my high school career has been the whole coaching staff for Melissa High School in softball. They have made me a better player and a better friend. The coaches have shown me a family these past two years. With family, they have shown me love.
My favorite coach in select softball has been Coach Pete Soliz. He has not only grown me as an athlete, but as a young lady. I’ve known Coach Pete since I was younger and he was my coach for three years. He is the one that actually helped me get recruited.
Best teammate and why: The best teammate I’ve had through my high school years would have to be Maggie Rodgers. While playing shortstop at Melissa High School, Maggie would be playing second base. We were the dynamic duo on the field. Every time we would run out to the field, we had to booty bump and do our handshake, this meaning either doing a “woah” or “hitting the folks.” Not only was Maggie my best teammate, but she is one of my best friends.
Best high school sports memory: My favorite high school memory has to be during my junior year. My team and I were playing against Aubrey in the playoffs and their last batter up hit a fly ball to me at shortstop. I caught it and then we won the game. We made school history that day as quarter final champs.
Best high school non-sports memory: I can’t put my finger on a single memory that I like more during high school. I can tell you though, my favorite nights in school were attending Friday Night Lights. Almost the whole school was filled in the student section. There was lots of yelling and lots of cheering. And all the seniors got to be in the front leading all the cheers.
What you love about your sport: I love softball because it brings out the best in me. I get the opportunity that a lot of other girls don’t get. I get the ability to play my best every time stepping on the field. I get a sisterhood through the sport from my teammates. Overall, I love the sport because it has taught me to believe in myself. The sport has shown me that I am more capable than I give myself credit for. I can do anything I set my mind to.
Favorite sports movie and why: My favorite sport money is “The Sandlot.” This is because it shows the friendship the kids make while playing baseball. They get to go on so many crazy and fun adventures.
Describe your school’s Class of 2020: At Melissa High School, everyone is almost friends with everyone, especially the class of 2020. I feel as if the class of 2020 is one of the best classes Melissa High School has had. Our class has loved participating in all the school events such as volunteering to work, school dress-up days and pep rallies. The class of 2020 will definitely be one to remember.
Biggest lesson learned: Not only have I learned this lesson through having this national pandemic go around, but I have been told growing up: Never take anything advantage. So meaning this, play every game like it’s your last. Go 150 percent every time you step on the field, this means you practice and play 150 percent all the time!
Biggest influence in your life: The biggest influence in my life has to be my meme/grandma. I look up to her because of her faith. Growing up and still growing, I want my faith to be as strong as her. My meme has taught me so much, too. She has taught me about the world, my culture and not to forget, she has taught me the most about myself.
Athlete you look up to: An athlete I look up to is Lauren Chamberlain. When I was younger, I would watch her play softball for Oklahoma and I wanted to be just like her. Lauren Chamberlain was so talented and always showed herself as being such a positive influencer.
Reaction to the season being canceled: I am truly heartbroken. My heart hurts. My heart hurts because I won’t get to play on the high school field one more time. My heart hurts because I won’t get a senior night. My heart hurts because I won’t get to see the outcome of the season we have worked so hard for this year. My heart hurts because we won't get to make history as we did last year. Throughout these past two years, Melissa softball has given me so much. This includes endless laughs, memories and friendships that I will always have with me. I can’t wait to get out on the field again with a new team this coming fall. I’m very blessed that this is not the end of my softball career and even though it isn’t a good outcome this season, I believe this coming fall will start the best four years of my life.
Message to your teammates: However cheesy or silly this might sound and I know you get told this all the time, but play every game as it is your last. You never know when you might get hurt or a national pandemic might happen.
Message to your freshman self: If I had to write a message to my freshman self, it would sound like this: Oh goodness Trinity, you are going to go through a whole roller coaster while playing softball in high school. The first two years aren’t going to be the best, but don’t lose sight of why you love the sport. Once you move schools, everything will be great. You will meet new friends and new coaches. You will have a mark in making history with your new team. No matter what happens in the future, always keep a positive attitude and know that things will get better. Hang out with all your friends and teammates as much as you can. Don’t take your high school years for advantage, you only get this one time. When playing softball in high school, work hard. Hit that extra bucket, field that extra ball, sprint one more time. Make yourself better! If you do this, you will enjoy your near future.
Things you won’t miss at all: I don’t have anything I won’t miss. I mean, maybe some of the running drills, but they still weren’t too bad. Actually, on the other hand, I change my mind. I won’t miss the weight room at all.
Things you will miss the most: I will miss the friendships I've made these past few years the most. My teammates are the funniest and silliest people I have ever met. From the moment I met them, they have shown me love. I will truly have these friendships for a long time.
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