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Heavener’s Destiny McGee – Sallisaw Area Athlete spotlight – presented by Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Home

Heavener senior Destiny McGee hasn’t let last year’s disappointment of losing the season to Covid-19 get in the way of her success this year. When the 2020 slow pitch season started, Destiny was 12-of-13 with a pair of homers in the Lady Wolves first four games. And then the season ended.

“It really sucked losing last year,” stated Destiny. “But this year has been good, especially since we had several seniors we had to replace. I’m really proud of our team and we’ve accomplished some great things. Me and the other two seniors on the team have really had to step up and be leaders and help out with the freshmen and lead by setting a good example.”

And Heavener has done well as they moved into the playoffs with a record of 28-8 and ranked third in the state in Class 5A. Destiny has been a big part of that success, hitting .750 with 27 home runs while spending time at shortstop, first base and pitching on defense. Destiny says she has worked to become a more consistent hitter this year, not necessarily swinging for the fences every time. 

“She really keeps the team in line,” said coach Rodale Sanders of the three-year starter. “She is a great leader by example and helps with so many of the day-to-day details. She picks out what uniform combination we’ll wear on game days and makes sure everything and everybody is on the bus for road trips. If I need something done, she’ll take care of it.”

Destiny has been playing softball since T-ball age and has been involved in summer ball as well. She cites a former teammate as being one of the key role models in her life.

“Morgan Alexander is a player I looked up to. She was always pushing me to do better but was always willing to help me out and talk me up. She was always a leader to me.”

McGee says there are a couple of other women who have been instrumental in her life.

“My mom has always been there for me and pushed me to do better and my computer class teacher, Ms. Schiffner, taught me a lot of life lessons and has almost been like a counselor for me.”

Destiny McGee will take her softball skills and continue her education studying physical therapy at the University of Arkansas-Rich Mountain next year.

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