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June 8, 2013

Roy named Female Athlete of the Year

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LITTLE CYPRESS —

By the time late winter rolled around though, Roy started to concentrate heavily on her “passion”, which is softball.

Roy did a little of it all for Coach Adkins in helping lead the Lady Bears to three straight trips to the playoffs and 11 playoff series. LC-M went a tremendous 66-17 the last two seasons, going to the 4A Region III Finals in 2012 and the Region III Semifinals this year.

She played shortstop as a sophomore, moved to second base as a junior and went back to shortstop as a senior, where she became, arguably, the best shortstop in District 20-4A.

She did whatever it took to get things going offensively, batting in the No. 2 spot the last couple years. She could swing with power but was also brilliant with moving swift runners like leadoff hitters Ashleigh Jones and Mikaela Stegall, whether if it was cracking a single or putting down the perfect bunt.

As a senior, she batted .362 with four home runs and 27 runs batted in while also scoring 40 runs in front of perhaps her biggest fan - little sister Karter. Karter was also quite a “hoot” among the LC-M faithful, dressed up in Lady Bear gear, rooting “Big Sis” on.

“I would do anything that could possibly help our team win, that’s the way we all were,” said Roy. “We were like one big happy family, Coach Adkins always stressed that. We were like that on and off the field and that really made us be successful.”

The Miami Heat have had the “Big Three” the last three years in LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh but the Lady Bears had their own version as well in the forms of Roy, star pitcher Raven Cole and dynamite third baseman Kassie James. The three formed a bond that will last forever.

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