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Seniors lead on diamond
Jennifer Kardell
Antelope Staff

A simple game involving a bat and a ball has been a part of her life for the last 14 years. However, this year is little different for the 5’3” softball player. She is one of four seniors on the team and is serving a role as a leader to her teammates. “As a senior, I take my role very seriously. Being a role model to my teammates means giving 110 percent at every practice and game. After playing center field for the past four years, I hope the girls are ready to step up and show the same 110 percent effort. As one of the four seniors I do my best to lead the team in any way I can. As the leadoff hitter I always try to spark our offense and by staying vocal throughout games shows support and keeps the intensity going,” Larsen said.

Graduation is fast approaching and seniors want to make the most of their remaining time. Alissa Larsen, a senior elementary education major from Lincoln, and four other seniors are doing just that by making their senior season the time of their lives.

Not only does Larsen offer her guidance as a leader, but she relies on help from the three other seniors on the team, Kelsey Smith, Laura Gormley and Sara Dunn. “Being a part of the group of seniors, we all want the best for our team. We strive to lead the team, and we all want to end the season on a high note. No matter what the rest of the season brings, I would not change it for the world because of the other seniors on the team. We joined this team together, and now we will be leaving together. I can truly say I have made lifetime friends,” Larsen said.

The season may not be going exactly like the Lopers hoped with an overall record of 8-20, but they won’t let that get to them. Playing every game like it’s their last with heart and intensity, the goal is to finish out the season as a team. Dealing with a subpar record is just one of the challenges the team has faced, in addition to one of their biggest competitor’s, Regis, at least for Larsen. “We went into the weekend over looking their record. That weekend was a major eye opener on how the season had been going.”

When all is said and done, Larsen has high hopes for her future and looks forward to what will come her way. She plans to work in the elementary school systems and will always look at the city of Kearney as home, no matter where her life takes her. “After softball, I plan to focus on my last year of school and also spend more time with my family and friends. Once I have graduated, I really would like to find a job teaching first grade but I will take whatever offer I can get. Kearney has been my home for the past four years and will always be home to me, but it’s almost time to start a new chapter in my life.”

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