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Portrait by Kristin Beck/The News-Democrat
Senior Mackenzi Hawkins led her young softball team this season and excelled in the classroom and in the community. She was named The News-Democrat’s 2015 Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
2015 Student-Athlete of the Year: Mackenzi Hawkins

Imagine that you have played your entire varsity-level high school softball career with the same core group of girls. Over the past six years, you have grown together as a team and a softball family, celebrating the highs and dealing with the lows together.

Then, the next year, everyone is gone. They have graduated, and you are the lone senior left on a team of inexperienced underclassmen and middle schoolers, attempting to compete on the varsity level.
How do you respond?

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