Megan Guitar has been a household name in the Blue Water Area for years.
Even before Guitar arrived at Croswell-Lexington High School, she had already made her presence felt. By the time her high school career had come to a close, Guitar had set a special legacy within her community that will surely be remembered for years to come.
“You could see pretty early that she would be a special player,” said Bob Young, who coached Guitar in Little League and in high school. “It’s little league, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t playing with a lot of pressure. She has played on some really big stages in travel and little league and when you go across the country at an early age that definitely helps you develop.
“She was challenged and we saw her rise to the occasion. We have won a lot of games and she has been a huge part of it.”
After a steady rise in little league and a standout high school career, Guitar leaves the Blue Water Area with one final accomplishment — the Doris Teachout Award as the Times Herald Female Athlete of the Year.
Riley Fealko of Port Huron Northern, MacKenzie Kelly of Marlette, Liz Renner of Richmond and Skye Willer of Brown City were also considered for the award.
Megan Guitar first appeared in the Times Herald in 2007 when she was a member of Croswell-Lexington’s 10-and-under softball team.
A fast start
Before Guitar became a dominating high school softball player and a standout basketball player she got her start in little league softball.
Guitar first came on the scene in 2007 as a standout performer on the Croswell-Lexington 9-and-10 year-old little league team that won a state championship.
She continued to rise when that same team went on a run and finished third overall at the World Series in 2009. Two years later, the Pioneers won the World Series as a 13-and-14-year old group.
The highlight of the championship game was a one-hitter thrown by Guitar.
“I knew softball was my best sport in 2009 when we went on the first run in Oregon,” Guitar said. “The experience helps in the long run. You experience the nerves that comes with a tight game. You know how to handle pressure situations and it gets easier as you get through it.
“I knew I had to play my game and keep working at it. I wanted to better myself to be better than the day before.”
Brooke Smith, who went on to leave her own legacy in volleyball grew up playing softball with Guitar. It didn’t take Smith long to see what made Guitar special.
“Megan can accomplish anything she sets her mind to,” Smith said. “Not only on the court or field but also in the classroom. Throughout the years of knowing Megan her drive to work hard doing anything she does combined with her exponential abilities makes her that player on a team everyone wants to have.”
Off and running
After finishing little league with plenty of big game experience and confidence, Guitar entered the high school ranks where she tried her hand at several sports.
She ran track in middle school but focused on cross country, basketball and softball when she arrived at Cros-Lex.
She was on several highly successful teams over the next for years, including basketball teams that made regional championship runs and a softball team that advanced all of the way to the state semifinal round during her junior year.
In many ways she appeared to be ahead of her time, which instantly put her into a leadership position. That carried on to her recently concluded senior season when she was truly ahead of the class.
Guitar was dominant on the mound with a 23-8 record with 336 strikeouts and a 1.47 E.R.A. while finishing the season first-team all-state and also the Times Herald Softball Player of the Year.
She was equally as impressive at the plate with a .445 batting average. But it was in her leadership that she grew the most.
“She was terrific this season,” Bob Young said. “We have had a lot of good leaders and she was one of them. She is super aggressive. With our softball team we challenged them all of the time. We knew you couldn’t stand pat and succeed.
“We are not going to do that. We weren’t going to be satisfied with the average attempt. We demanded more and we challenged them all of the time to get better. She really improved.”
Onto the next level
After leaving her mark in the Blue Water Area, Guitar is now off to the next stage of her life and athletic career.
She will attend Wayne State University this fall on an athletic scholarship and plans to go into nursing. Although Guitar has graduated from Cros-Lex, she continues to leave a lasting impression throughout the area.
“Megan is definitely an aggressive athlete,” Richmond all-state softball player Liz Renner said. “I’m sure she works hard. Facing her to me was always a challenge I looked forward to.”
For her part, Guitar also seemed to look forward to challenges, no matter what it was.
“I really cherish each and every experience I have had,” Guitar said. “Each game I knew it was great to be playing and contributing to my team.
“I had a lot of fun and I’ll always remember the things we accomplished together.”
Contact Joseph Hayes at (810) 989-6268 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on twitter @jhayes1136.