Assumption senior Bailey Higgins will play field hockey at Michigan State next season
Bailey Higgins plays defense or a midfielder position for Assumption’s field hockey team and helped the Rockets win the 2013 state championship with a 1-0 victory over arch-rival Sacred Heart Academy. This season, she has scored 11 goals for an Assumption team that has won eight of nine games, losing only to Sacred Heart 3-2 in the annual Apple Tournament final.
When did you start playing field hockey?
In the sixth grade at St. Albert the Great. My sister is five years older and she got me to play. I also played soccer in grade school, but soccer and field hockey are in the same season and I fell in love with field hockey. I like the teamwork in it. It looks like it’s boring, but once you get to a higher level it’s more intense. It takes more skills than people realize.
What’s been your fondest memory playing field hockey?
Beating Sacred Heart in the state final last year was probably my biggest thrill. That was my first time winning it. We went in as an underdog and that was our first win over Sacred Heart last year. We had played them two times prior to that.
You were chosen on the All-Midwest Regional team last season. That’s a big honor.
There were four girls from Louisville chosen, but I was the only junior.
How did Michigan State find out about you?
I went to some national tournaments with my travel team and they saw me play there. I visited Northwestern, Delaware and U of L. There are some Louisville girls playing at Michigan State. I liked the campus there. It’s all together and not spread out.
What are Assumption’s chances of repeating as state champion?
Last year, we only had five or six seniors. This year, we have 14 and that’s a lot of leadership, and we’ve been playing together a long time. We have a stronger team now and we’re getting stronger every day.
What does it mean that the Kentucky High School Athletic Association has finally sanctioned field hockey as one of its sports?
It’s a big step for our sport. It’s finally being recognized. It means you’re trying to become the first (official) state champion.
How do you spend your free time?
I love hanging out with my family and friends. I like going to the pool and all kinds of movies — scary ones and comedies. I like watching Castle on TV, and watching One Tree Hill, which is about high school kids growing up. I rarely cook, but love to bake cakes, especially carrot cake.
— Bob White
BAILEY HIGGINSUP CLOSE
• School: Assumption
• Year: Senior
• Sport: Field hockey• Student-athlete: Bailey is in the Beta Club with her 3.95 GPA and is the senior class president, which means she plans for the Senior Prom and all other activities involving seniors. She’s also on the school’s recruitment team. Bailey will attend Michigan State next fall and study kinesiology, with hopes of going into medical sales. She also will play field hockey for the Lady Spartans. She is one of the captains for Assumption’s team this year.
• Family: Bailey lives with her mother, Lisa, and father, Sean. She has a brother, Brendan, 23, who plays ice hockey for Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Her sister, Riley, 22, played field hockey at Ohio University and now coaches Assumption’s freshman team.
• Coach Debbie Judd: “In field hockey, you have to have ball-handling skills and she definitely has that. She is able to read the field and orchestrate our offense from the center of the field. Bailey has a great understanding of the game and she’s great for the team because she has such a good attitude. She is a competitor, but she has a sense of humor, too. She will play halfback in college, but here we need her for her offensive skills.”