Reed City senior was looking forward to varsity season

Abby Helsel had high hopes for the season. (Courtesy photo)

Abby Helsel had high hopes for the season. (Courtesy photo)

REED CITY - Abby Helsel had a fun athletic career at Reed City but wishes it could have continued for one more season.

Helsel had played junior varsity three seasons in the Coyote program, and was hoping for her senior year.

But the MHSAA canceled the season with the COVID-19 crisis.

Helsel has played on the Reed City summer team since she was in the eighth grade.

Last season, "I did really well," Helsel recalled. "I was team captain on the JV team. It was a really strong season. I caught a lot during that season and did really well with my batting."

If there was a 2020 season, Helsel probably would have been an outfielder or catcher.

As an outfielder, "because I'm a catcher, I have a really good arm," Helsel said. "I'm quick to react to the ball. (As a catcher), I'm good at throwing the ball back down to second base."

As a batter, "with help from coach (Roger) Steig, I think I would have done well at batting," she said, adding the keys to hitting are "focus and timing."

It was obviously disappointing for Helsel she wasn't able to have a spring season. If Reed City has a summer team, Helsel is intending to play. Looking ahead, she may play slo-pitch softball and will attend Mid Michigan College in the fall.

Helsel has been on the boys wrestling team the last four years. She had shoulder problems as a senior and only wrestled two matches. She was in the starting lineup as a freshman. She was at 140 pounds.

Her sophomore year in Kalkaska, she had her first-ever pin. She didn't have a chance to wrestle at state girls tournaments.

Helsel was a sideline cheerleader in the fall and said it was probably her favorite sport.