EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh entry in a series of spotlighting local seniors in the Kilgore News Herald’s coverage area, who are on hiatus due to caution over the coronavirus. These are results from questionnaires sent out to the public asking senior athletes in the News Herald’s area to be heard, and get a little attention. To submit a questionnaire, follow this format with the same questions, answer them, and e-mail it back to sports editor Mitch Lucas at mlucas@kilgorenewsherald.com.

Diamond Smith, Kilgore

Parents names: Christal Sheppard and Dalton Smith

Brothers/sisters: Seven brothers

Sports you play: Softball

Favorite high school sports memory: On the way to our first tournament of the season, I accidentally melted Zahria’s shoe with the bus heater and it went from a size 9 to a size 3 real quick!

Plans after high school: Attend TJC, transfer to UTA and obtain a degree to become an oncology nurse practitioner

Who are your role models? My mom and my oldest brother

Which coaches have had the most influence on you? Why? Coach (Cheyenne) Kirkpatrick, because if it wasn’t for her, I would not have the confidence, courage and willingness the way I do now.. Without her, I also wouldn’t know as much about the game of softball nor would I have grown the heart that I have now for it. She has shaped me into the person I am today and I am beyond grateful for that.

Who is your favorite teacher? Mrs. McKinney

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Working in the Metroplex area at a job that I love while having a beautiful home and starting an amazing life with my significant other.

Something about yourself that most people don’t know: I have a wide collection of teddy bears.

What will you miss most about high school sports? The memories that I have created and the people that I have come to know on the way. I will forever love them, endlessly.


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