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Puckett Named Lady Pat of the Month

January 11, 2019

Some know her as Meagan, others call her Puckett. This Fall on the softball field, many recruiters wanted to call her their signee. Fortunately for PHCC, Meagan Puckett has decided to stay and travel on the #RoadToMississippi with her fellow Lady Patriots this Spring.

Due to a strong Fall 2018 on the field and in the classroom, Puckett has been named the Lady Pat of the Month for December. She earned this title by batting .500 in Fall Softball with 5 HR, 4 doubles, and 16 RBI’s.

These numbers opened the eyes of several recruiters including NCAA D-I Elon University who offered Puckett a scholarship to join their program this Spring 2019. With these numbers on the field and a 3.3 gpa in the classroom, she has gained the interest of other D-I programs also. However, she decided to return and finish her associates degree at PHCC while also competing for a Region X softball championship.

We asked Puckett a few questions about her journey. See her responses below.

Q: What drives you to be the best you can be? 

A: “What truly drives me as an athlete, and as a person in general, is the desire to be the best version of myself. Everyday is a chance to grow. Growth doesn’t come without pain, so when I feel like giving up because it’s too hard, have to push ten times harder.”

Q: How do you balance academics and athletics? 

A: “Academics should always come first in my opinion. I know that I have to be successful in the classroom to even have the opportunity to play the game I love. I work hard in the weight room and on the field, but I work even harder in the classroom.”

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

A: “I would like to say that I will have started a career in teaching Physical Education and coaching softball. I also plan to begin a masters program to become an athletic director one day.”

Q: What was your biggest challenge this Fall? 

A: “I think learning to become a vocal leader on the field was tough for me. I have always been one to just lead by example, so when the time came for me to step up, I really struggled. BH (Athletic Director) and my personal trainer, Trey Belcher, helped me find my voice and push through the challenges.

“Meagan has proven to be one of the hardest working student-athletes in PHCC softball’s history,” says Coach Robbie Campbell. “She showed this by her freshman season and came in not satisfied. Puckett has worked 10 times harder to be better than she was last year. She is a great representative of what a Lady Pat and student-athlete should be.”

The Lady Pat’s softball team will open their season on February 9th against USC Union at Martin Field. With a cast or returning players and talented freshman, they believe they have a shot to compete for the Region X Championship.

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