Newcastle’s Shannon Pursell – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

By Derrick Smith

Athletes, just like most of us, have someone that they look up to and help us be better at whatever it is we do. And for Shannon Pursell, three people come to mind immediately that she looks up to.

“My three biggest role models are Lauren Chamberlain, Maebree Robertson, and McKenzie Wagoner,” Pursell said. “They are all three great examples of working super hard to achieve their goals. They are also dedicated to the game.”

Shannon is a sophomore at Newcastle High School, where she is a catcher for the softball team. She also plays some at third base and shortstop. Pursell began playing softball 13 years ago because of her parents but she is thankful that they did.

“I started playing when I was around five years old and I have loved the game ever since,” she said.

Being a character athlete is something that Pursell understands.

“It means to always be a leader,” she said. “You also have to have good sportsmanship and never let your team down.”

Newcastle fastpitch softball coach Mike Crossley has made a big impact on Shannon’s game and her life.

“Coach Crossley has taught me to be a leader, how to never give up, and he has always believed in me and pushed me to be the best that I can be.”

Success on the diamond not something that is easily earned, according to Pursell.

“It requires a lot of practice, hard work, and dedication to the game.”

Hilburns favorite moment in softball is when she made an out in the 4A State Championships.

“We were playing Tuttle,” she said. “One of their girls made it to first base and decided to steal. I was able to get the ball to second base in time to get her out. It was a really great feeling.”

While she loves the game of softball, Shannon said the bond and friendships she has gained make it even more fun.

“The teammates I have are like sisters and we are one big happy family. We have so many great memories and laughs together.”