Evart freshman will have to make varsity debut next year
EVART -- Addy Gray has an extremely impressive season as a freshman on the Evart girls varsity basketball team and was hoping for more of the same in her first year of varsity softball.
But Gray will have to wait until her sophomore year to display her diamond talents after the MHSAA canceled the spring season because of the coronavirus crisis.
Gray played a key role for the 12-10 Wildcats, who had an improved season.
"We did good," she said. "We won a lot of games and improved a lot."
Gray led her team in scoring with 12.8 points per game. She also had 3.6 rebounds per game.
"I definitely met (expectations)," she said. "They wanted me to drive and make threes."
But Gray felt she was capable of scoring more. Her best game was against Houghton Lake with 21 points with most of her points coming off drives.
Gray's excited with 2020-21 prospects.
"It should be pretty good," she said. "We have some pretty good eighth graders coming up to help."
Now it's time for softball and Gray was among the Evart players cited by coach Amanda Brown for putting in a considerable amount of offseason work.
"I also do travel softball (for Big Rapids), so that helps too."
During the fall, Gray played travel softball and school volleyball.
Gray's a pitcher and would have seen action in the circle had the season not been canceled because of the coronavirus. She expressed hope prior to the official word of the cancellation that Evart could have a productive season.
Gray indicated the fastball is probably her best pitch and she's improved her velocity every year, and has been able to pick up her speed.
Provided schools have summer sports camps and workouts, Gray hopes to be an active participant.
Basketball is her favorite sport but Gray admits softball is a close second.
Gray also is a productive hitter and had a goal to bat .350