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TEAGUE SUITS UP

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Former Lady Raider plays for Centre College

By The Staff

TCHS Correspondent

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Catelyn Teague was born in Owensboro, Ky., but was raised in Bedford since she was 1 year old. This is where she learned to play T-ball – and discovered her love for softball.

During the process of Teague’s skills improving, she showed that she was capable of playing with the best there was. The only way to prove that was to play with the guys.

“She has loved softball from the first time she could swing the bat,” said her mother, Sheryl Teague. “I’m just so proud of her, and I think it’s awesome on what she is doing.”

By the time Catelyn was 8 or 9 and playing (G-Ball), a league game for children 8-11. She played on a co-ed team, and developed a style of play in line with the boys on the team.

In one game, Sheryl Teague remembers Catelyn playing with her hair pulled up into a bun and tucked  under her helmet. You couldn’t tell if she was a boy or a girl, her mother said. Catelyn took a big swing at the ball and knocked it to the fence. It was the best hit of the game by far, and as Catelyn rounded the bases her helmet fell off.

Still, the coach from the other team ran out onto the field and told her on the spot, “If you ever want to move out here, you could play on my team any day,” her mother recalls.

Catelyn’s competitive drive helped her excell in more than just softball; but with her many accomplishments, she remained humble and did what was right – day in and day out.

“Catelyn wasn’t much of the ‘go out and party’ type girl,” Sheryl Teague said. “She always made sure she had her homework done and studied hard for test and did a really good job of choosing the right group of friends to be around. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone mad at her. She is a lovable and such a sweet girl.”

Catelyn attended school from kindergarten at Milton Elementary to her graduation last year from  Trimble County High School. Throughout her academic career, she always ranked near the top of her class.

 In 2006, Teague received the TCHS Academic Award, then went on to earn a distinguished rating on the CATS reading, practical living and vocational studies tests in 2007. She also earned the TCHS U.S. History college prep award and was named a  Governor’s Scholar.

As a senior, she graduated with a 4.0 grade average and ranked No. 2 in the class of 119 graduates.

Coach Jim “Cornbread” Stethen started preparing Catelyn immediately for the future when she entered high school. After backing up senior pitcher Emily Merrill for a year, Catelyn’s work paid off around her senior year season.

During the 2007 season, she was named to the All-State Team, the All-A State 2nd team, the Kentucky Coach Association and 1st team All-State Academic Team.

Catelyn also has been an asset to her community. She has volunteered in the Angel Tree Program, earned certificates for CPR and AED, and volunteered for the Trimble County Apple Festival, the Ohio Valley Sweep, the Madison Salvation Army, and Organ Donor Awareness. She also volunteered to be a tutor, baby-sitter and volunteered for the Family Resource and Youth Service.

Overall Teague logged about 94 hours of volunteer work, not including the 100-plus hours for baby-sitting.

What her future holds

“I plan on graduating from Centre College in 2012 to go on to pursue a career in criminal psychology.” Catelyn Teague said. “I wish to travel the globe and continue my love for photography.

Being a organ donor means a lot to Catelyn, basically due to the fact that her grandmother was given a second chance at life by someone who had donated a heart. She lived with the donated organ for  12 years until she died last year. Catelyn said she and her family were truly grateful for the heart that was given to her grandmother.

“There is no reason everyone can’t be a hero. ... All you have to do is sign your name,” Catelyn said.

Compared to what Teague has face in her life when it comes to playing softball, all the work that looks hard is most definitely considered to be easy, compared to the high level of softball play and the curriculum at Centre College.

 “I love it here at Centre and this is where I want to be.” Catelyn said. “It’s hard work, but it’s all going to be totally worth it in the end.”

Catelyn is a relief/starter pitcher, but when in the field she ultimately plays short stop. The Centre ball club consist of 15 players, eight of whome are freshmen. Though young, the team shows signs of great potential.