Honeybee senior softballers say goodbye and share their memories

That final game brings a big lump and a tight chest for parents and students alike and there’s always big smiles and a tear ready to spring from the corner of the eye.
Simply put that senior ball player out there is somebody’s baby girl and Senior Night activities before Stephenville’s game against Brownwood tugged at the heartstrings.

Madison Gilder
Her softball awards include being named two-time first team all-district. In addition, she has been named the Honeybee Defensive MVP, honeybee heart recipient and a three-time academic all-district selection. She has also been selected to play in the FCA All-Star game this summer.
Off the field, Madison was also a varsity basketball player, member of POWERSET, N. S. H. S. S., FCA, and cheer. Currently,
Madison is also interning at the Dublin clinic.
In the fall, Madison will attend and play softball at Howard Payne University where she plans to major in nursing.
Madison said.
“I would like to thank God first for everything and for giving me the ability to do what I love every day. Thank you, friends and family, for all the love and support. Mom and dad, thank you for always being there and taking me to all my slight practices and never missing a single game. Thank you to all my coaches for always pushing and believing in me. Lastly, thank you to my teammates for all the unforgettable memories.”

Skye Gaitan
Scott softball awards include being an all-district selection and two-time academic all-district selection.
Off the field, Skye is involved in the SH Esq. and the F.C. C. L. A. Program
In the fall, Skye will attend Tarleton State University in pursuit of becoming a dental hygienist.
Skye said
“I would like to thank my mom, dad, and stepdad for always being there for me and for being great role models. I also want to thank my teammates and coaches for picking me up when I am down and for being my second family!

Bianka Garcia
Bianka softball awards include a two-time all-district selection in academic all-district. Off the field, Bianchi also played basketball for three years.
In the fall, the uncle plans to attend Weatherford College before going to Howard Payne University where she plans to major in criminal justice and psychology.
Bianca said.
“I want to give a special thanks to my mom for being my biggest supporter and always being there. I also want to give thanks to my dad, brother and the rest of my amazing family. I also can’t forget my team who i have grown important relationships with and will never forget all the memories that we made. Thank you so much!”

Mallory Gunter
Mallory was selected academic all-district. In addition to softball, Mallory was a three-time powerlifting regional qualifier. She was also involved in D. E. C. A. and Honeybee track.
In the fall, Mallory plans to attend Ranger College before attending Tarleton State University where she wants to major in nursing in hopes of becoming a registered nurse.
Mallory said
“I would like to thank my parents and grandparents were being there with me every step of the way. Without them, I wouldn’t be the hard-working person I am today! Thank you for your endless support throughout the years. I’d also like to thank all of my teammates as well. Y’all are such a wonderful group of girls and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for your future. I love each and every one of you. And always remember to “Hold the Rope” no matter what you’re doing.”

Jessica “Jeb” Ebeling
Jeb is a two-time all-district selection as well as an academic all-district selection off the field, she was a three-time state qualifier in powerlifting, FCA officer, a member of HOSA and spent one year in the SHS band.
In the fall, Jeb will play softball at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas. She also plans to obtain her Associate’s degree in science before returning to Texas to pursue her degree in nursing and becoming an RN.
Jeb said
“I would like to thank my mom and dad for supporting me in my softball career. I would also like to thank my Granny for traveling everywhere to watch me play. I would also like to say thanks to my sister for being a great softball sibling even when she didn’t really want to go. Thank you to my coaches for being there and always pushing me to be my best. And a huge thank you to my teammates for all the laughs over the years and always being there for each other!”

A Message fromCoach Russ Mayes
“Wow, here we are at the end of another incredible journey. You’ll walk off the field with the great distinction of being part of a team that earned 81 wins and three trips to the playoffs while winning back-to-back district titles. But more importantly, you have continued the tradition of setting the bar high for those that will follow you.
When you all go forward in life and do big things, and I know you all will do great things, I hope you can look back on your days as a honeybee smile with great pride on everything you’ve accomplished both on and off the field. I truly want to thank each of you and your parents for the time, dedication and hard work you have poured into the honeybee softball program.
Good luck in everything you choose to do. Thank you for “Holding the Rope” and remember….Always believe in TEAM!”
Love you guys
Coach Mayes

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