By Alexa Toscano Posted June 8, 2023
High school is a time of exploration and discovery where students begin to identify their passions and interests. For many students that includes sports. Shelbie Hoyt has accomplished this goal. She is going to attend the College of Southern Nevada down in Henderson.
“It made sense for my degree and they were very interested and they said that I had a for sure spot for softball,” said Hoyt.
She will continue to play softball while getting her degree in dental hygiene. It took dedication, hard work, and perseverance to get to accomplish her goal.
Her journey started when she was little. She started off playing T-ball at a young age because her parents wanted her to give it a try. From there she discovered how much she truly enjoyed playing and moved up to softball. When she moved to Winnemucca she found a travel team and has continued playing since then. Being able to get into a college is already hard enough but getting picked to play a sport is even harder.
In order for Hoyt to be picked she had to show not only the coaches but the administration her talent and pursuit for softball while being serious about continuing her education.
“The coaches were very upfront about it. If your grades slip you might have to take a few extra sessions,” said Hoyt.
Despite the challenges, college softball offers a level of competition as well as a special bond that consists of mutual trust and friendship between her and her teammates. While many students want to continue their education while balancing a sport. Hoyt has accomplished this and she can’t wait for what’s in store for her in the future.