By Jane-Marie Herron
Play ball! The umpire yells as the Blossoms take the field. It was early February when the UAM softball team had their first game. The first game of the season was at Monticello on February 8th against Millsaps College.
UAM started the season off on the right note by defeating Millsaps in a doubleheader. Lindsey Kight, one of the Blossoms Senior pitchers, pitched the complete game with only a two-hitter.
Kight has achieved many honors since her career with the Blossoms began. Among these awards are: Gulf South Conference Western Division
Player of the Year, All-South Region, and Verizon Academic All-District Second Team. Kight also broke her own season records in 2003. She had twenty-seven wins, seventeen shutouts, three hundred and eight strikeouts, and the list goes on.
Kight has already had so many accomplishments, one asks what would be her goals for this year? She says, “I have several personal goals for the season, but don’t share them with anyone. I am just weird that way.”
She does however have goals for the team that she is willing to mention. “My goals for the team would be to be able to go as far as we possibly can. We have so much potential as a team, it is unreal. We have a good group of girls with some amazing talent. My goal would be to play as a team and play as long as we can and go as far as we can.” Kight has played softball since she was nine years old, and has pitched for UAM for four years. She says that each year she plays she loves it more than the year before.
Kight will be graduating in May with a Criminal Justice degree. She says that she does not know what she wants to do career wise, but knows that she will remain in softball in some way.
“Being a member of the UAM softball team has helped me become a better player physically and mentally. It has enabled me to be in competitive collegiate softball, to learn more about the game, and to meet life long friends,” Kight says.
Photo courtesy of UAM Athletics
Profile of an Athlete: Corwin Elliot
By Bonita Harden
Corwin Elliot, a senior from Mount Pleasant, Texas, holds more records than anyone on the UAM Boll Weevil football team. He holds record titles such as the leading rusher, single season rushing yardage, leading in touchdowns, most 100 yard games, most 200 yard games, and average 5.6 yards per carry. With these records, Elliot has something to remember and be proud of the rest of his life.
One of Elliot’s most memorable athletic experiences is when the Weevils played against West Alabama in 2003. In the fourth quarter, he broke a 54 yard touch down.
“Elliot is one of the hardest working players I ever coached. He plays hard all the time, has a great attitude, and he is just an all around great guy,” said Coach Ricono, the head football coach. Elliot has played for Coach Ricono one season and played against him for three seasons.” I am glad to have had an opportunity to coach Elliot for one year,” added Coach Ricono.
Elliot is also a member of UAM basketball team. Even though he is not a starter for the team, he enjoys being a part of the team. “I wanted to play basketball to give myself a chance to win a championship,” said Elliot. “I believe I bring leadership to the UAM basketball team because of the years I played football and the way I have grown throughout the years. So I just let our freshmen and sophomores know how to handle different situations,” added Elliot.
The reason Elliot chose UAM is because it is small and he believes he can get a better education. He values the one to one time with teachers. “The one to one time has helped me accomplish my career choice and UAM is just what I expected it to be,” said Elliot.
Elliot is the son of Wayne and Beverly Walker and is the oldest of three sons. “My mother is my role model because of the way she is able to manage all the bills, and she is a great provider. She makes sure we do not go without having what we need or want. She is a super mom,” said Elliot.
Elliot is majoring in physical education and minoring in chemistry. “After I graduate, I plan to become a head football and basketball coach at a big college,” said Elliot.
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