Arvest Aug 1125

By Derrick Smith

There is a lot more that goes into being a successful athlete than just showing up to a game and playing. You have to prepare yourself at practice and know that you will be ready when the lights come on. The success that MJ Hines has enjoyed would not have been possible had she not been ready.

“I have enjoyed the success I have had in softball,” she said. “There has been a lot of hard work and determination to get me there, but it is definitely worth it.”

Hines is a sophomore at Caney Valley Schools, where she is a member of the softball team. She can play any position on the field but says that she prefers to play at shortstop. MJ is no stranger to softball, as she began playing when she was only five years old.

Throughout her life, MJ has had people that have touched her life and helped her in different areas of her life. She says that one person very close to her has made the biggest impact on her. “My mom is one of my biggest role models,” she said. “She was very athletic and I plan to follow in her footsteps. I hope to be like her when I grow up.”

There have been some moments throughout her career that Hines will never forget. She says that one is her favorite because it shows how hard work can pay off. “The highlight of my career so far was starting at shortstop during my freshman year.”

MJ has sat through many hours of classes at CVHS and has heard a lot of teacher’s lessons. But she says that her favorite teacher is one that helped her learn a little about herself. “Mrs. Sexton is my art teacher,” she said. “She teaches me to be creative and use my own art.”

Along with softball, Hines is also a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys doing different things in her downtime. “In my spare time, I play competitive softball, do community hours, and spend time with my family and close friends.”

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