Athlete of the Week: Mya Maddox

Athlete of the Week: Mya Maddox


Athlete of the Week: Mya Maddox



Athlete of the Week: Mya Maddox
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Athlete of the Week: Mya Maddox, Lake Forest softball

THE WEEK: Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scored two runs as the second-ranked Spartans won their season opener 18-1 over Dover on Thursday.

THE TABLE SETTER: Maddox has moved up from second to first in the Lake Forest batting order this season. “It’s different,” she said. “Last year I was in the two hole, but this year I know my team needs me. Stepping up into that role and leading off the game and just being that first person to set the tone of the game, it’s a good feeling.”

THE COACH SAYS: “As a leadoff, she can bunt, hit, slap,” Spartans coach Ashlie Tatman said. “We’re looking for her, every time she gets up, to put the ball in play.”

THE FIRE: “She brings a lot of energy, definitely,” teammate Kerrigan Simpson said. “We have a lot of confidence in her as a team. … She’s a great team player, and she makes sure we’re all playing together. She always is one to pick us up when we’re down.”

THE SPEED: Maddox, a returning All-State center fielder, is one of the state’s top defensive players. “The speed helps me on the bases,” she said. “Stealing bases, bunting, being able to be the leadoff hitter. It helps me in the field to kind of cover a lot more of the outfield than I had to in the other years because our outfield is kind of young.”

THE MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE: Maddox has already been selected first team All-Henlopen South in field hockey and honorable mention All-State in basketball in this school year. “Field hockey keeps me in shape for basketball,” she said. “Basketball helps with my quickness, because I’m not very quick, I’m just fast. … And softball is just my main sport.”

THE LEADERSHIP: “She brings a lot of skill, a lot of leadership to the freshmen who are new onboard,” Tatman said. “She’s an all-around ballplayer, and she can do a lot when she’s hitting, putting the ball in play.”

Returning All-State center fielder Mya Maddox is one of the key players on the Lake Forest softball team.

Returning All-State center fielder Mya Maddox is one of the key players on the Lake Forest softball team.

THE CLASSROOM: Maddox’s favorite class is English, taught by Daniell Bullock. “I’m taking a college course this year, so she teaches me a lot,” Maddox said. “I just like learning new things, and I learn more in my English class than I do in any other class.”

THE FUTURE: Maddox will continue her softball career next year at Daytona State College in Florida. “Obviously, it’s Daytona. It’s an exciting place,” she said. “The coaches were very welcoming, the teammates made it feel like it’s already your home.”

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