TU commit hits softball field for senior year


Nikolas Harris

Grace Jarvis poses for a pre-season promotional photo.

Team sports can lead to new relationships that might not happen without the teamwork and camaraderie that comes with working together. Grace Jarvis, senior shortstop for Broken Arrow’s fast-pitch softball team, has made many new friendships throughout the sport.

“I have learned many important values from playing a team sport, working together and trusting each other are just a couple,” Jarvis said. “We are a huge family and it’s so nice to have these girls there for me all the time, we are lifelong friends. Like any family we fight sometimes, but I know I’ll have them at my side and I’ll be at theirs.”

Grace has set big goals for herself as well as the team this season. With the team ranked ninth in the nation, these goals seem more reachable every day.

“My ultimate goal for this season is to win state,” Jarvis said. “We need to continue to work together at practice and know our roles on the team. First, we need to win our district, then regionals, and finally win three games at state to achieve our goal.”

Being a leader on a team sport can be a huge responsibility, Coach Randall King says Jarvis handles it well.

“Grace has done a good job of leading in all aspects of the game, whether it be practice, games, team activities, or performance in the classroom,” King said.  

Being vocal is an important part of leading a team. It can improve teamwork and communication between players, which creates a stronger connection between players. Brooke Mason, teammate of Grace, has bonded with Grace on and off the field.

“We have hung out outside of school and became close friends, which has helped us become better teammates,“ Mason said. “She is an outstanding ball player and leader that a lot of people look up to.”

Grace has made many new friendships on this adventure and is committed to Tulsa University where she will continue to make more relationships throughout the years.