Evart 3-sport athlete ends sports career
EVART - Livi Hopkins has ended an impressive three-sport career at Evart, although not quite the way she had envisioned.
She's a senior in volleyball, basketball and softball.
Hopkins said her favorite sport was softball, but because of the coronavirus crisis, the MHSAA canceled the season, and the state also closed down school buildings.
The basketball season was an impressive one with a 12-10 record.
"It's the best year we've had in four years," Hopkins said. "We beat Houghton Lake and we beat McBain, which we haven't done in four years. (The key was) our coach pushing us every day and the girls pushing each other to be the best we can be."
Hopkins said she had her best seasons, as a senior, in both volleyball and basketball.
"In volleyball, I played outside all the way-around," she said. "In basketball, I was a post."
In softball, Hopkins was a catcher and shortstop.
As a catcher, "I could block pretty well and throw pretty fast and throw people out pretty fast," Hopkins said, adding at shortstop, the strength has been "the speed of my throw and being able to get to the balls when they get to me."
Coming into the season, Hopkins was hoping to hit in the high .400s. Her highest average was high .300s.
Evart had just finished tryouts prior to the start of the suspension.
"I was really excited especially because we were going to have enough people for two teams this year," Hopkins said. "Last year we only had one big team."
Hopkins said she was somewhat uncertain of future short term plans. She's considering going to Mid Michigan College in Mount Pleasant for nursing. She's left open the possibility of trying out for softball.
"I'll miss working with my team and being with my favorite people every day," Hopkins said.