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Athens Bible's Kirsten McClure
One on one with ...
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 Daily’s Brooke Milam:
Question: You play softball, basketball and volleyball for Athens Bible. What sport have you played the longest?
Answer: I’ve 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. I’ve 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: I’m 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 won’t admit it.
Q: Who’s the best softball team you’ve faced so far this season?
A: Danville. That’s been our only loss. We played them in the Brewer tournament, and they’ve been some of the best competition we’ve had so far. They hit well, and they’re 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: I’ve never really watched The Real World. I’ve watched Survivor, but I’m not sure I’d be good at it. I’d be fun to be on American Idol. I actually tried to get my sister Allison to try out.
Q: What’s one non-athletic way you spend your time?
A: I do a lot with my church youth group (Madison church of Christ). I’m 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 you’ve got to eat, so what’s your favorite ball park snack?
A: I eat hamburgers sometimes. And Snickers. I eat those.
Q: You’ve 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 we’ve been to the state tournament three times since then — one state championship and two runner-ups. We’re young this year, especially our infield is really young. But we’re 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: I’m leaning toward (North Alabama) because my sister and my cousin (Danielle McClure) live there, and my grandparents live in Florence. It’s away from home, but I think it’d 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: I’d like to play sports in college, but I’d also be OK focusing on my grades and just playing intramurals.
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