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Central of Burden’s Emma Garrison – Athlete Spotlight – Presented by Hutchinson Community College

Current junior Emma Garrison has played the sport of softball for as long as she can remember. The Central of Burden High School standout is considered a leader on and off the field.

“As a freshman Emma made All-League and only played in six games before getting hurt. Emma is a straight-A student and a leader in the classroom and on the field. She is one of the most coachable kids I have ever coached. She is a players-player and a coach’s dream,” said coach Bruce Hafenstein.

Garrison admits her love for the sport came at an early age, but she never loses focus on what is most important, her education.

“My love of softball started at an early age. I see the field as my happy place and gain a new mindset once I enter the dugout,” said Garrison. “Academics come first, softball is a privilege. I have always been a straight-A student and would like to keep it that way.”

Like many of her peers, Garrison has a favorite class and an idea for a future career after college.

“Other than lunch, my favorite subject is Physics. When I don’t understand something my teacher, Mr. Braun, will explain it in softball terms. He knows what language I speak,” said Garrison. “My plans after high school are to attend college and receive a degree in Pre-Vet Medicine.”

Garrison truly feels connected to her team and teammates. She is willing to play any position and loves seeing her teammates succeed.

“The thing I love the most about my team, and teammates is how they push me to be the best I can be. I love being on a team and helping others achieve their goals while having fun,” said Garrison. “I mainly play third base and shortstop. However, I have played just about every position and will go wherever my team needs me.”

Getting back on the field was a special moment for Garrison and her teammates.

“We have all been counting down the days since last March. We all eat, breathe, and sleep softball. My teammates are just as hungry as I am to get back to competing.”

Also a volleyball player, Garrison keeps busy throughout the year with many other activities outside of sports.

“I also play travel-ball for Winfield Wild year-round. I am involved in STUCO, Science Olympiad, Forensics, Scholars Bowl, FFA, FCA, Powerlifting, National Honor Society, and Raider Work Ethic,” said Garrison.

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