Newcastle’s Terra Funk – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

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Newcastle senior Terra Funk first became interested in the game of softball at the age of four because of her mother introducing her to the sport.

“Ever since then I just fell in love with the game,” she said.

She has played for Newcastle High School’s fastpitch and slowpitch teams, as well as playing basketball and being involved in National Honor Society and FFA. She loves being a part of the Newcastle community and competing for the Racers.

“I love competing in front of our community,” she said. “Playing for your school, and looking in the stands to see all the people you know watching is so much fun. Playing for any other team doesn’t compare to playing for your high school team.”

Her teammates are some of her closest friends and are very important in Funk’s life.

“My teammates are just like my family,” she said. “I love every one of them so much. It doesn’t matter if I’m having a bad day, I know that I can count on them to pick me up no matter what!”

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Newcastle slowpitch softball coach Jake Phillips has seen Funk’s character on and off the field and is proud of the role she plays on the team.

“Terra has more heart for people than anyone on our team,” said Coach Phillips. “She is always the player I know I can count on to pick her teammates up and push them to be better! She is a great kid both on and off the field.”

To Funk, being an athlete of character means always striving to set a good example for those who may be watching.

“Always having good character on and off the field is a big deal, you never know who is watching,” she said. “There are always younger players that want to be just like you, and you want to show them how to win with grace and how to lose with grace as well.”

One athlete who Funk admires is former OU quarterback Baker Mayfield.

“There are tons of people that I look up to when I’m playing,” she said. “I think one that stands out as a role model to me is Baker Mayfield. Everyone told him he wasn’t going to accomplish his goals, but he didn’t listen and proved everyone wrong.”

After graduation, Funk plans to attend Eastern Oklahoma State College on a softball scholarship and major in agriculture.