While high school athletics are put on hold during the coronavirus outbreak, our sports staff has created a daily installment called “Senior Spotlight,” which aims to honor some of the local senior athletes whose seasons have been interrupted. Here is our question-and-answer spotlight with Splendora softball first baseman/pitcher Gracie Bumpurs:
Question: When did you get interested in your sport? Did someone introduce it to you?
Bumpurs: I started playing softball when I was 4 years old. I really became interested because all of my friends and family played and I was surrounded by it!
Q: What is your favorite part of the sport?
Bumpurs: Competing. I love the moments that are intense because those are the ones that you remember the most and they shape you as a person and player.
Q: What is your greatest memory from your childhood memory with this sport?
Bumpurs: my family investing their time in me at practices, games, and traveling to tournaments. I also cherish the friendships that I made in little league that I have now been able to grow through high school softball.
Q: What is your greatest memory in high school with the sport?
Bumpurs: Round 3 (Regional Quarterfinals) in 2019 against Liberty. The entire community showed up and packed the stands for the one-game match up. The emotions from that night are hard to beat!
Q: Which person has had the greatest impact on your athletic career?
Bumpurs: My sister. She is my best friend and has followed me all over the nation watching and supporting me!
Q: After a hard day of practice or a game, what is your go-to food or drink to replenish and why?
Bumpurs: My go-to is going to the local snow cone stand with my teammates to replenish and hang out!
Q: Which athlete do you want to meet and why?
Bumpurs: If I could meet any athlete I would want to meet (Milwaukee Brewers baseball player) Christian Yelich because I admire his approach to the game and his character.
Q: Who’s the most famous athlete you have met? What was the experience like?
Bumpurs: The most famous athlete I have encountered is (former Texas A&M softball player) Tori Vidales. She helped out as a coach on my select team. I learned so much from her in the short time that I was around her and she was a great role model for me as a young female athlete.
Q: What are your plans after high school? Will you continue playing your sport? What do plan on studying?
Bumpurs: After high school, I plan on attending the University of Texas at Arlington to play college softball. I plan on majoring in Kinesiology to become a coach.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?
Bumpurs: In 10-15 years I see myself graduated from college with a Master's degree in the field of Kinesiology. I hope to be married with a family, coaching the sport that I love, that has taught me so much and brought me so far!