By Derrick Smith
High school athletes have a lot of things to take care of. They have to keep up with their school work, be at practice and games, and a job if they have one. Stillwater’s Lorelai Holt has an added responsibility, but she loves the role.
“I have a one and a half year old son named Oliver,” she said. “Being a teen mom, doing school work, and playing softball takes a lot of time management. I am lucky to have amazon coaches that help me out and are very understanding that my son comes first. I definitely miss him a lot while playing, but we both are enjoying this year while meeting new people and making new friends. I also have a great family that supports me and helps me out.”
Holt is a senior at Stillwater High School, where she plays catcher, outfield, and utility for the softball team. She says that it has taken a lot of work to become the athlete that she is today.
“It’s taken a lot of time working with coaches and players over the years,” she said. “Also, becoming more coachable has helped me grow as a player and a person. My biggest motivation is wanting other young moms to know that playing the sport you love is possible.”
Karie Linsenmeyer, who is the head softball coach at Stillwater says that Lorelai is an outstanding member of the team.
“A teen mom who has risen from a tough situation and has learned to manage school, a job, an infant and now softball,” Linsenmeyer said. “After taking a year off from softball she is back being everyone’s number one fan and the ultimate leader.”
Throughout her life, Holt has had different people that have impacted her life but she says that one person in particular was her biggest influence.
“My biggest role model would have to be my late aunt Andrea Beaver,” she said. “She was the best person anyone could’ve had in your life. She showed everyone that anything is possible and that as long as you put your mind to it that it was possible. She overachieved so much from the world and built a better world for her daughter. She had such a big heart and cared for everyone.”