Athlete of the Week: Kayla Steele

5:49 PM, Apr 5, 2012   |    comments
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Kayla Steele knows how to really shuffle on the tennis court.

Lynn Monk, Tattnall Square's tennis coach, says, "She's just a natural athlete. She can do whatever she sets her mind to. She picked up a racket and never played before, and right now she's playing in my number one singles spot."

Valdosta State picked up on Steele's softball skills and inked a deal with the senior to play infield for the Blazers.

Her senior year, Steele stole 22 bases, broke the Trojan's single-season batting average record and ended the season with no strike-outs.

Steele says, "Just don't slack off at all. Go out every day with a purpose."

She's not just talking about athletics. Steele puts up some impressive stats in the classroom too. She has a 3.95 GPA and has only made one B in four years of high school.

She says, "It boosts your self-esteem knowing you can get it done in the classroom and you can also get it done on the field."

Her softball coach, Joey Hiller, says Steele works hard at every thing she does. He says, "I think the lessons she's learned here in her academics and with Tattnall athletics will help her be a successful person."

Steele also plays on the Tattnall basketball team and still finds time to squeeze in a few extra-curriculars. She's the president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and active in her school's Beta Club.

She says, "I try to volunteer for stuff as much as possible and always try to spread the word about the different types of clubs and stuff going on."

Steele plans to apply to nursing school and work in an emergency room after playing for the Blazers.

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