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SENIOR RECOGNITION: Sikeston girls' soccer players reflect on careers with Bulldogs

Sikeston girls soccer players (from left to right): Miranda Witt (Captain), Hannah Fodge, Macey Robison, Emily Boyd (Captain), and Megan Witt (Captain) pose for a picture at the Sikeston Recreation Complex on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
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SIKESTON — With the cancellation of spring athletics for the 2020 season, seniors in the Standard-Democrat coverage are not able to have final moments with their teammates.

Below is the first part of a series of stories on recognizing senior athletes, where they are going next, what they loved most about playing their respective sport at their school, and more.

The series starts with the Sikeston girls soccer team. The Lady Bulldogs had 10 seniors on the roster.

Miranda Witt, Defender

Miranda Witt

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Three years on the girls basketball team; A+, Key Club, National Honor Society, Teens Against Pollution, ASTRA, Early Childhood Education Block Class Program, volunteers at the soccer camp, Link Crew

Plans after high school… Attending Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., and majoring in early childhood education or primary education.

Favorite soccer memory… “It’s very hard to think of one because anytime I think of any of them, I just get really happy, really excited, and that’s why I was so excited for this year, and that’s why it's so hard because I can’t make a memory yet.”

Advice for underclassmen… “Never stop doing what you want to do. Just because you think you shouldn’t or someone else tells you not to, it’s all about doing what you want to do and doing what makes you feel happy. It doesn’t matter what people around you say, or even what your parents say, just do what makes you happy because, in the end, it’s about you anyways.”

What got you interested in soccer… “I’ve been playing since I could play — which was probably about third grade. I almost didn’t play freshman year because I was so scared, and then my mom was like, ‘No, you’re playing because then all three of my children will be in the sport at the same time.’ I played, and then I ended up loving it even more than I loved basketball, and that’s another reason why I didn’t play this year; I wanted to commit to this because it was really what I love, and it’s just the atmosphere. Everyone is super kind, super nice, and I just love being here so much. It’s such positive energy all the time, and I’ve never really had an issue being here. I just love it.”

Megan Witt, Midfielder/Forward

Megan Witt

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Four years on the softball team; Link Crew, the Bulldog Leadership Team, National Honor Society, Red Peppers

Plans after high school… Attending Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and majoring in biomedical sciences.

Favorite soccer memory… “When we went to the tournament at Lake of the Ozarks last year. That whole time was great. We all were in one room, playing games. We went mini-golfing together, it was so much fun. My team was the worst.”

Advice for underclassmen… “Enjoy every second of it because it will end a lot quicker than you think.”

What got you interested in soccer… “My parents. They had us playing before we even knew how to kick a ball.”

Macy Robison, Defender

Macey Robison

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Participates in the marching band and concert band in the winter; Red Peppers, DECA, ASTRA

Plans after high school… Attending Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., and majoring in elementary education.

Favorite soccer memory… “Home game when we played in the rain. That was really cool and intense.”

Advice for underclassmen… “Enjoy the time that you have, because it might be cut short. If you think you don’t like it and it’s not going to be any fun, and it’s not your favorite thing, you’re still going to miss it.”

What got you interested in soccer… “Emily Boyd begged me to come and play soccer during my freshman and sophomore year. I kept saying, ‘No, I don’t really want to,’ and finally I went to an open gym my junior year and then I played into the season both years.”

Hannah Fodge, Midfielder

Hannah Fodge

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Participated on the cheerleading team; DECA, Red Peppers, National Honor Society

Plans after high school… Attending Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and majoring in psychology.

Favorite soccer memory… “Getting kidney stones and my teammate telling me to drink water every single day. That was a lot of pain.”

Advice for underclassmen… “No underclassmen should take anything for granted. Every practice, even if you’re not enjoying it, teaches you a life lesson.”

What got you interested in soccer… “I played soccer as a kid, and then my freshman year, I wanted to be more involved. So, I thought, ‘Might as well,’ and then I ended up loving it.”

Emily Boyd, Defender

Emily Boyd

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Student Council, DECA, Model UN, ASTRA, Summa Cum Laude

Plans after high school… Attending Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and majoring in political science.

Favorite soccer memory… “Getting coached by my brother for the past two years. It’s not an experience that other people get to have, so I think it’s been really cool.”

Advice for underclassmen… “Appreciate the time you have. You don’t know if it’s going to get taken away from you. Most people think of it being injuries, but nobody could have predicted this.”

What got you interested in soccer… “My older brother played it for a few years by that point, so I think it was my mom trying me out in it, and it worked out. I grew a passion for it.”

Sikeston girls soccer players (from left to right): Jade Davis, Madelyn Miller, Nicole Ponder, Kylie Lossing, and Emily McHaffie pose for a picture at the Sikeston Recreation Complex on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
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Kylie Lossing, Forward/Midfielder

Kylie Lossing

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Four years on the cheerleading team; Red Peppers, DECA, FCA, FBLA, Skills USA, Link Crew, the Bulldog Leadership Team

Plans after high school… Attending Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and majoring in athletic training.

Favorite soccer memory… “When I get multiple hat tricks and getting the leading number of goals (11) in one season — my sophomore year.”

Advice for underclassmen… “People will forget what you have said and done, but they will never forget how you made them feel. So, live it up and stay positive. You can do it, I promise.”

What got you interested in soccer… “My older brother. I watched him play soccer his four years of high school when I was younger, and I learned to love it.”

Emily McHaffie, Goalie/Defender

Emily McHaffie

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Four years on the volleyball team; Skills USA, Link Crew, Red Peppers, the Bulldog Leadership Team, Chamber Choir

Plans after high school… Attending Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and majoring in graphic design.

Favorite soccer memory… “All of the fun practices and just getting to know each girl individually and become a family.”

Advice for underclassmen… “Stay positive even through all the ups and downs, and just keep a smile on their face.”

What got you interested in soccer… “My brothers all played soccer, and I played soccer when I was younger. Living here in Sikeston, it was watching how close each player got with the team.”

Jade Davis, Midfielder

Jade Davis

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Three years on the volleyball team; Student Council, DECA, Red Peppers

Plans after high school… Attending the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., and majoring in journalism.

Favorite soccer memory… “When we went on our first over-night stay for our tournament. It was a two-day thing.”

Advice for underclassmen… “Make the most of it. Work as hard as you can, because it’s cheesy and everyone says it, but it goes by really quickly. I never thought I was ready to say goodbye to this sport, but I didn’t think I was saying goodbye so soon.”

What got you interested in soccer… “My mom told me I was playing in the second grade.”

Nicole Ponder, Defender

Nicole Ponder

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Participates in the marching band; Red Peppers, Skills USA, Link Crew, Key Club, FCA.

Plans after high school… Attending Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and then transferring to Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and majoring in social work.

Favorite soccer memory… “I really enjoy being at the practices and all the fun that we have. The indoor practice at the Fifth and Sixth Grade Center was a lot of fun.”

Advice for underclassmen… “Live in the moment and don’t take advantage of it because it does go by quickly, and you never know when the season could end.”

What got you interested in soccer… “Seventh and eighth grade, our extended recesses and just seeing the ball and kicking it was my best friend.”

Madelyn Miller, Defender

Madelyn Miller

Other sports, activities, and clubs… Red Peppers, Orchestra, A+

Plans after high school… Attending Three Rivers College in Sikeston and then transferring to Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., and majoring in social work.

Favorite soccer memory… “Last year, it was my first year playing, and we had a team movie night, and it was just a fun experience.”

Advice for underclassmen… “Just take time to relax and try not to rush through stuff because it’s going to be gone in the blink of an eye.”

What got you interested in soccer… “Whenever I was little, me and my grandpa would kick around the ball just have fun playing soccer.”

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