Featured Athlete: Halle Birckelbaw
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Sport: Softball | Grade: 11
Years Played: 9
Pre-game meal: Chick-fil-A
Hype song: “Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa
Future Job: Business
Wingspan: What is your favorite position on the field?
Birckelbaw: “Probably pitcher or somewhere on the infield.”
Wingspan: What got you started playing softball?
Birckelbaw: “My friend was playing and she told me to try it out, so I did.”
Wingspan: What is your favorite part about softball and why?
Birckelbaw: “I like the competitiveness of it and how it’s a team sport, but you still try to do your best individually.”
Wingspan: Are you happy with how the season is going so far, and how do you want to end it?
Birckelbaw: “Yes, we just got two big wins so I think everything is going good so far. We definitely want to make playoffs this year because we haven’t been yet.”
Wingspan: What is the hardest part about preparing for a big game?
Birckelbaw: “Probably the practices because they are so long and they’re early in the morning, but it’s worth it.”
Wingspan: What is your favorite memory so far playing softball?
Birckelbaw: “I don’t really have one, just having fun being out there on the field.”
Wingspan: How do you want to pursue this sport in the future?
Birckelbaw: “Probably not college, just finishing out high school and have fun with it.”
Wingspan: How do you want to improve your game?
Birckelbaw: “I definitely want to try and hit more this season.”
Wingspan: What is the most difficult part about softball
Birckelbaw: “The different pitchers in district because everyone is different so it’s hard to get everyone to adjust to the different speeds that they throw.”
Wingspan: Are there any rival teams that your team goes up against?
Birckelbaw: “Independence, Heritage, and Centennial are our three biggest competitors probably.”
Wingspan: Do you play softball outside of school?
Birckelbaw: “Yes, I play on a club team called Texas Elite.”
Wingspan: What is your favorite part about being a member of the team?
Birckelbaw: “I love having people to talk to and go to. It’s just more friends and sisters basically.”