Featured Athlete of the Week: Jessica Winders, Softball Cloverdale High School

Friday, May 8, 2015

Jessica Winders is a senior softball player at Cloverdale High School. She was born October 12, 1996 to Tom and Pam Winders.

Winders has three siblings including Cloverdale athletes Kimmy and Nick Winders.

She plays volleyball, is a student embassador for CHS and is also involved in the National Art Honors Society as well as the National Honors Society.

Jessie Winders (Banner Graphic/JAY LOCKETT)

She enjoys eating chichen alfredo.

Banner Graphic: What is different about being a senior?

Jessica Winders: There's more role's of leadership. Last year I felt like I had to be a leader but this year you have to step up and help the incoming freshman more. You have a lot of people relying on you. I like it though.

BG: What is different about softball than other sports?

JW: It's a lot dirtier. That is for sure. I think it's the heat and the weather difference. You have to perservere through the weather. In volleyball it's the normal hot gym, which isn't too bad.

Jessie Winders (7) (Banner Graphic/JAY LOCKETT)

BG: Do you have any favorite professional athletes?

JW: I love Jennie Finch. There's a video going around of her striking out a pro baseball player and it's hilarious. It shows softball can sometimes compete with baseball.

BG: How has this year been with a new coach in Jim Spencer?

JW: It's been pretty good. At first I was unsure but he is really funny. He is a great coach. He definitely knows what he is talking about. He interacts with all the girls really well.

BG: Who inspires you in your personal life to do things well on the feild?

JW: My dad has taught me pretty much everything about softball. Ever since I was little, no matter who my coach has beem he's been my coach. He's the one you can hear yelling whether I'm doing bad or good and I always listen to his responses after the game.

BG: What are your favorite memories at Cloverdale?

JW: In volleyabll it's awesome when we make the greatest play ever and its the most ridiculous play and we all get together and we are screaming at the top of our lungs because we can't believe we just did that. In softball whenever I hit my first home run. It was hilarious because all the girls were banging on my helmet. I kind of had a headache after.

BG: What are your post-graduation plans?

JW: I am going to be attending IUPUI and I am going to be majoring in nursing. I might be pursuing on to get my masters degree.

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