Hickman softball team leans on seniors for leadership

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | 10:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Hickman High School softball coach Courtney Haskell says she values her seniors.

She said Nell Chronister and Sydney Washington are skilled players, but she places even more value on their leadership role to the Kewpies.

"The seniors lead by example and they are displaying a strong work ethic," Haskell said.

Haskell said there are fewer seniors on the Kewpies team each season, so it has become increasingly important for the seniors to operate as leaders. Chronister and Washington, who are close friends and have been playing together since third grade, seem capable. 

Chronister, who plays catcher, is not the best hitter on the team, but she compensates with her defense. Washington is a strong hitter, but she has suffered through illness and injury throughout her high school career.

Washington tore her meniscus in her sophomore year, broke her foot the following year and battled mononucleosis earlier this year.

Washington is also a gymnast in the off season, but plans to play college softball and has made an oral commitment to Missouri Western. Chronister, who works as a grocery store cashier, plans on majoring in occupational therapy at MU. 

"Nell and Sydney are great leaders," Haskell said. "This team is lucky to have them."

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder.

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