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Athens Bible's Kirsten McClure
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Athens Bible's Kirsten McClure

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Athens Bible's Kirsten McClure

As three-sport athlete for Athens Bible School, senior Kirsten McClure has been around Lady Trojans athletics from a young age. Athens Bible softball coach Tony Andrews said his shortstop keeps life lively for the team, and she took a break before a game this week for 10 questions with The Dailys Brooke Milam:

Question: You play softball, basketball and volleyball for Athens Bible. What sport have you played the longest?

Answer: Ive played softball since I was really little. I was probably about 5 when I started playing. My dad (Bobby McClure) coached me until I came to ABS. Ive played basketball a long time, too. Volleyball, I just started in the seventh grade.

Q: When you spend so much time practicing, how do you keep it interesting?

A: Im really goofy, I guess. Me and Emily Cathey, another senior on the team, we like to sing. It annoys the coaches, but they really like it — they just wont admit it.

Q: Whos the best softball team youve faced so far this season?

A: Danville. Thats been our only loss. We played them in the Brewer tournament, and theyve been some of the best competition weve had so far. They hit well, and theyre strong defensively, also. We kept saying they had magnets in their gloves because it seemed like everything we hit went straight to them.

Q: Which reality TV show would you be best on: Survivor, American Idol or The Real World?

A: Ive never really watched The Real World. Ive watched Survivor, but Im not sure Id be good at it. Id be fun to be on American Idol. I actually tried to get my sister Allison to try out.

Q: Whats one non-athletic way you spend your time?

A: I do a lot with my church youth group (Madison church of Christ). Im real involved with that. And I like to hang out with my sisters Rachael (23) and Allison (21). They played sports at Athens Bible, too. When Rachel was a senior, we won state in softball. She was a shortstop and she was the MVP, so the coaches tease me about that.

Q: Do you like to watch or play ball better?

A: Play, definitely play. But my sisters were already playing at Athens Bible when I was little, so our coaches have had to put up with me for a long time.

Q: Softball tournaments can last all day, and youve got to eat, so whats your favorite ball park snack?

A: I eat hamburgers sometimes. And Snickers. I eat those.

Q: Youve gotten to play on a lot of good Athens Bible softball teams. Can people expect another good season from the Lady Trojans this year?

A: I think so. I started playing varsity when I was a seventh grader, and weve been to the state tournament three times since then — one state championship and two runner-ups. Were young this year, especially our infield is really young. But were probably more ahead hitting-wise than we have been in the past few years.

Q: With graduation just a few months away, where will you be a year from now?

A: Im leaning toward (North Alabama) because my sister and my cousin (Danielle McClure) live there, and my grandparents live in Florence. Its away from home, but I think itd be an easy transition.

Q: After so many years in sports, is there more ahead for you, or are you ready to be done?

A: Id like to play sports in college, but Id also be OK focusing on my grades and just playing intramurals.

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