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Softball Season Starts off Strong: Samantha Needham Squares Up at the Plate to Swing for the Fences this Season

Courtesy of Steven Silva

MASON KERN/ Sports Editor

From the young age of seven, senior Samantha Needham knew that she wanted to be a softball player. She entered competitive league play at just 11 years old for TNL Athletics, and has not looked back since.

Her noteworthy career has led Needham to maintain a varsity starting spot as both an outfielder and first baseman for all four years of high school. When she was just starting high school as a freshman, Needham went to the varsity softball tryouts with understandable trepidation, unsure how the leap of faith would unfold. It is hard for a freshman to muster up the confidence to appear at a varsity level tryout in the first place, let alone with coaches and an organization at large that is unfamiliar with the player, or their track record.

Having hailed from the Mira Mesa softball program, Titans softball coaches were entirely unfamiliar with Needham prior to the tryout. However, her ability shone through and she successfully made the varsity team as a freshman, and continued to maintain that spot all four years of high school.

“It was nerve-racking at first because none of the coaches knew me, and being a freshman at my first varsity tryout… it was a scary thing,” Needham admits.

In her four year tenure with the team, she has been involved in an accumulated record of 68-25, including the team’s most recent 6-2 victory against San Pasqual High School.

In her game against Santana, in which the team won 6-1, Needham hit a homerun that scored two runs for the team. It was her first homerun since her freshman year.

Other highlights of her high school career include winning an Open Division CIF championship in the 2015 campaign, as well as the team making an appearance in the Open Division Championship the following year. Unfortunately they came just short in the final innings.

“I’m really grateful to have experienced so much success in such a great program,” Needham said. “I think the new talent will step up and we’ll have another great season this year.”

As with all high school sports, athletes come and go. As a result, teams need to compensate for yearly losses by adding new players developed from the junior varsity level, or in Needham’s case, those underclassman ready to jump straight to varsity.

As a payoff for her hard work and dedication, Needham has since committed to Santa Clara University where she will continue to play softball for the Lady Broncos, as well as pursue a career in the field of broadcast journalism.

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Fun suggestions for Summer 2014

JACK CHINTALA. Staff Writer.

This summer, many teens will be enjoying their time off by going to the beach and hanging out with friends.  Summer is a time that is meant to be enjoyed, but there are some activities students can do to give them an edge when school starts in the fall.

One of the most helpful things a student can do over summer, if they are of legal age, is to get a job.  Getting a job gives students independence and a consistent source of income.  It can also give the student job experience he or she may need when they enter the work force.

Another helpful activity a student can do is to take online classes over summer.  While usually not as fulfilling as classes held at Poway High, these classes can help a student regain credits they may have missed the prior year, or give a student extra credits so they can take certain classes they may want to take.  These online classes may also help a student review a subject that may not be their strongest.

Another activity a student can do over summer to give them an edge is to prepare for the ACT and SAT.  This may not seem like the most fun activity, but there are also no due dates for studying over summer.  Students can study on their own schedule and not have to worry about as many other commitments.  Studying over the summer may also help boost the student’s chances at getting into the college of their choice.

One more activity a student can do is practice their sport.  Without school in the way, students will be able to better refine their skills over summer.

There is no school in summer for a reason, but that does not mean school should be completely forgotten.

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