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Officer In Chapter
Bleacher Creatures LLC
NHS Student Council
Newkirk Herald Journal Sports Spotlight
The 17-year-old is the daughter of Travis and Julie Locke.She has an older brother, Mitchell, who played football for the Tigers and graduated from NHS."I'm a pretty outgoing and energetic person," the fun-loving Locke offered as a self-description."I'm pretty much up for anything."Along with her sports involvements, she also participates in several organizations at NHS.Locke is an officer in National Honor Society chapter, serving the group as Parliamentarian and is a member of the NHS Student Council and Bleacher Creatures.The teenager's interests are few but intensive.She explained, "I like to spend time with my friends and watch TV."The class Locke enjoys most at NHS is Trigonometry, taught by Coach Blake DeSpain.Locke's athletic career began in fourth grade.She's participated in basketball, soccer, track and field and even gave fast-pitch softball a try for a summer, but soccer is her all-time favorite.But since the sport is not part of Newkirk's sports offerings, she's made the most of what is available.For her approach to basketball, Locke issued, "I try to make it a better team, push everyone in practice."Her athletic skills also translate to the track where she shows her versatility as a sprinter on Newkirk's short relay races, the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and in the long jump.Locke aided the title run her sophomore year as a member of the 400 relay team when she handled an adjustment in the week leading up to the State meet.Locke offered her personal goals for track season, stating, "I want to make it to State in the hurdles and long jump."Her favorite event is the 100-meter hurdle race, now.She declared, "It's just a really fun race and more competitive."However, she wasn't too fond of the thought in her first trip down the straightaway.Locke revealed, "Actually, I didn't even want to do it, but Coach Hill made me do it, and I thought it was really fun."It stuck with Locke, who has stuck with track and through her experiences, can now provide her insight to the rest of the team."It takes everybody," she underscored."I try to help lead the underclassmen."But she plans to sell out for success in hoops, first, and she knows what it will take for the Lady Tigers to realize their dreams."We have to play as a team and not get each other down," Locke forwarded.One of six seniors, Locke is certain that the team's goal to bring home a gold ball is attainable, pointing to an improved standard of performance in preparation as the source for her confidence.She added, "Coach (Winburn) has really helped us in practice, and we've practiced really well."She embraces the extra leadership responsibilities that come with her role and is trying to pass along desires to make the most of the promising season."I'm more intent, and I want to play harder," Locke explained the added purpose she's gained as a senior.Locke savors the opportunity to play with such a large senior contingent, remarking, "It's great.I love all of them."Her passion for basketball centers around the relationships involved in the game, both with her teammates and the fans.Even though her chances to perform on the varsity stage have been limited at times, she savors the experience and relishes the accomplishments of the team, explaining, "I like being around my friends and just the atmosphere of the sport... We're really talented, and it's a lot of fun.""Dale was a really close game, and we didn't think we were going to go very far," Locke noted."Frontier had just beat us by two (eight days earlier), so we wanted to come back and beat them, and it was for a tournament championship."She's enamored to play for a team that is now a State power, and on the verge of the Lady Tigers' inclusion in the exclusive Mid America Tournament, Locke declared, "I really hope that we can beat Elgin and hopefully make it to the championship game.It's going to be difficult.We have to work hard and not stay up all night (in the hotel) and get some sleep."Regardless of the outcome, Locke believes everything associated with the experience, from the competition to the camaraderie, will be beneficial in preparation for a State Tournament march in March.She added her thoughts on the development of the team, assessing, "We've worked really good together, I think. (Junior move-in) Kinzie Glover has really helped us out this year."Locke is determined to make sure that her traits and those of all the members of the team parlay into success by season's end.That would provide the ultimate reward for the young lady who's trying to identify her role and fill it to the best of her ability.