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 Oak Ridge softball player Mackenzie Ward:
Question: When did you get interested in sport? Was there somebody who introduced it to you?
Ward: I started playing softball when I was four. My mom asked me if I wanted to try it out and every since I just grew a passion for the sport.
Q: What is your favorite part of your sport?
Ward: My favorite part of the sport is the feeling you get when you accomplish something big and getting to play with my teammates and build memories with them.
Q: What is your greatest memory from your childhood with the sport?
Ward: My favorite memory from my childhood is going out of town and playing with some of my best friends.
Q: What is your greatest memory in high school with the sport?
Ward: My favorite memory in high school softball would be after a big win, the feeling of getting to say we did that.
Q: What person/people has/had the greatest impact on your athletic career?
Ward: My dad and my coaches, who have always pushed me to be my best (and) to remind me that there’s always room for improvement and to never settle for less.
Q: After a hard day of practice or after a game, what is your go-to food or drink to replenish and why?
Ward: My after-game go-to would be Whataburger because if you play good you have to eat good!
Q: What athlete do you want to meet and why?
Ward: Jose Altuvé because he’s always going hard no matter what the situation is.
Q: Who’s the most famous athlete you have met? What was the experience was like?
Ward: I’ve met Monica Abbot, and it was really cool to meet her, and I even got a chance to go up to bat against her.
Q: What are your plans for after college? Will you continue playing your sport? What do you plan on studying?
Ward: In college I want to study elementary education to become an elementary teacher, and I hope to coach softball after college.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?
Ward: In 10 years I see myself teaching elementary and coaching softball.