Every athlete has a moment from their career that they will always remember. This moment could be a personal accomplishment or milestone or it could be a team achievement. Either way, the moment is special and meaningful to the athlete. Emalee Gregg says that her first time to compete as a high school athlete is her favorite.
“The highlight moment of my career so far was being able to start on the varsity team as a freshman,” Emalee stated. “It was great to see my hard work pay off and be recognized.”
Gregg is a sophomore at Grove High School, where she is a member of the softball and soccer teams. She serves as the sophomore class secretary and is a member of the Interact Club, Character Counts, student council, Safety Committee, Heritage Club, and leadership class.
As an athlete at Grove, Emalee says that she is surrounded by great teammates and coaches. And during the season, there is one opponent that she like to register a win against the most.
“I enjoy beating Jay the most because they are our rivals,” Gregg said. “I love playing alongside my teammates, no matter who we are playing. I like working against everyone on my team in practice because we all push each other to do our best. I think the least appreciated person on the team is our manager, Kaybree Fields. She does so much for our team and never complains.”
Grove softball coach, Jeremy Collins, is proud of Emalee so far and he thinks she will continue to improve and make a bigger impact.
“Emalee is coming off a solid freshman season,” he said. “She was one of our best hitters and played multiple positions, including pitcher, second base, and outfield. She is a hard worker who continues to get better each time out.”
Over time, Gregg has had a number of people that have made an impact on her, but she says that there are a few that have played a bigger role.
“My mom is the biggest role model in my life,” she said. “She was an All-State and All-American pitcher, but she was also a team player and has taught me a lot. Ms. Joan Johnson teaches math at Grove and she has impacted my life by teaching me that there’s always a solution to any problem, and she was always very encouraging.”