Name: Marina Karnes
School: Prosper High School
College plans: I’m attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying biology and playing softball,
Superstitions, rituals or traditions before or after competing: Our team always listens to music on the way to games or before in the locker room. I always have to wear a bow in my hair, otherwise I don’t play well.
Song or music that prepares you for competition: Any song on our softball play list hypes me up, but I mainly listen to country.
Favorite subject/class: Veterinary Medicine Practicum
Favorite teacher and why: My favorite teacher is Mrs. Trevino because she always knows how to make me laugh and brighten up my day.
Favorite coach and why: My favorite coach is Coach Giesen. She is always there for me when I need her and we have such a great connection.
Best teammate and why: The best teammate is Sarah Smith because she has such a kind heart and she’s also my best friend.
Best high school sports memory: The best memory I have is from my freshman year. We beat Centennial in a three-game play off series. It was one of the most intense and fun moments I’ve experienced playing softball.
Best high school non-sports memory: My favorite memory not relating to softball would be any day in Mrs. Trevino’s English class. There was never a dull moment with that group.
What you love about your sport: I love how accomplished I feel after playing a game and the bond I make with my teammates.
Favorite sports movie and why: My favorite sports movie is “A League of Their Own” because it shows how difficult it is to play a sport as emotionally and physically demanding as softball or baseball.
Describe your school’s Class of 2020: We are a very diverse group that all just want the best for one another.
Biggest lesson learned: I’ve learned the importance of self-discipline.
Biggest influence in your life: My parents.
Athlete you look up to: Jamie Benn
Reaction to the season being canceled: I was devastated because this years team would have done big things.
Message to your teammates: Keep working hard because you never know when it could be your last game.
Message to your freshman self: This is going to be difficult, but it will all be worth it in the end. Keep working hard and strive to be 1 percent better everyday.
Thing you won’t miss at all: Gassers.
Thing you will miss the most: My amazing teammates.
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