Sports have been a part of Jesalin Cole’s life for a while. Over that time, she has continued to improve her skills because of the time she has invested into becoming a better athlete.
“I have spent many of my weekends and summers playing as much competitive softball as I can to be at my very best,” she said. “I have also spent many hours with my dad at the fields getting as many reps in as I can. If you want to be your best you have to be willing to not just put in the work, but also the extra work.”
Cole, who is a junior at Oklahoma Union, plays both softball and basketball. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and she serves as president of the Future Farmers of America organization at her school.
While she has put in a lot of hard work to get to where she is today, she knows that she would not be able to do it without the support and encouragement of those around her.
“My parents have always been my biggest role models,” Cole stated. “They always push me to be the best ball player and person I can be. And I have always looked up to my basketball coach, coach Lampton because has shown me that it’s more than just a game. He comes to as many softball games as he can, and cares so much about his players on a personal level. As a softball player, I really love and look up to Lauren Chamberlain. She had such an incredible career and has done so much for the professional softball league.”
Cole’s team face a lot of different opponents over the span of a season, but out of all of htem there is one that she enjoys the most.
“Nowata is our school’s rival,” Cole said. ‘It is alway nice to get a win against the. There is just something about it that makes it a little more special.”
Jensalin knows that she has some outstanding teammates that she competes alongside on the softball field and the basketball court, but she says one teammate does a great job of being a leader on the team.
“Our shortstop, Raven Estes, has really stepped into her senior role and continuously pushes the team to compete on another level.”