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Junior and Plays Catcher

The Lady Trojans
 
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Brooks County Board of Education | Board of Education | Our Schools
www.brookscountyschools.com, 30 Nov 2009 [cached]
Shelby Hiers Named to 1st Team
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Brooks County High School Trojan softball player Shelby Hiers was named as the 1st team All State catcher. Shelby had the highest batting average in Region AA. With a .559 batting average, Shelby had 38 hits in 68 at bats with 32 RBIs and 40 runs scored. She also hit 7 homeruns. She is a junior and plays catcher for the Lady Trojans.
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Shelby Hiers was named the Offensive Player of the Year with a .559 batting average. She had 38 hits in 68 at bats with 32 RBIs and 40 runs scored. She also hit 7 homeruns. She is a junior and plays catcher for the Lady Trojans.
Brooks Co. High School
www.southgeorgia.inthegamemagazine.com, 1 April 2011 [cached]
The girls team of Carrilee Hiers, Sissy Griffin, Amanda Edmonson and Shelby Hiers won their first match against Cook and Berrien County.
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Low medalist in her first two matches, Hiers is also the girls' reigning region low medalist. She will be competing in her third state tournament in May. As a freshman, Hiers finished seventh in the state and as a sophomore, she finished fourth.
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Brooks County High has many talented student-athletes, including JaMaria Rose, Shelby Hiers, William Harp, Erik Shipman and Chris Jones, who strive for excellence in athletics, academics and life.
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Also an all-around student, Hiers is looking forward to playing her next two years of high school softball and then going on to play in college. She held the highest batting average on the team for this season. Hiers says, "Joe Paterno always says that 'the will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.' My goal for next season is to play my game and help lead the Brooks County Lady Trojans."
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These five student-athletes are not the only stars that shine at Brooks County, but Rose, Hiers, Harp, Shipman and Jones know what it takes to make their school proud and strive to be the best.
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Hiers has been part of the First Team for the past two years and is looking forward to having the honor again next year.
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Sophomore catcher Shelby Hiers currently leads the team in home runs.
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Hiers was Region 1-AA Low Medalist as a freshman and placed seventh at state. As a sophomore, she was again low medalist for the region and shot even par in the region tournament. She also placed fourth in state and was named to the AA All-State Girls Golf Team.
Hiers will defend her low medalist title and pursue her third state tournament and her second AA All-State selection in the coming golf season.
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www.southgeorgia.inthegamemagazine.com, 1 Oct 2012 [cached]
Shelby Hiers
Brooks County High School
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www.southgeorgia.inthegamemagazine.com, 1 Oct 2012 [cached]
Shelby Hiers
Brooks County High School
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Shelby Hiers follows in her sister's footsteps as one of Brooks's most studious athletes
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Her younger sister, Shelby, now occupies the same space. Both young ladies are grounded in their faith, very talented athletes and superb students. Carrilee Hiers's academics and ability on the golf course secured a scholarship at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. Shelby Hiers, a senior softball player, has also earned a college scholarship - to the University of Arkansas, where she will continue her playing career.
When Hiers was younger, her father, Stephen, took a job as a pastor for a church in Colorado. When the family adopted a fourth child, Luke, they returned to Quitman. While in Colorado, Hiers began getting serious about softball. The sport went from an activity in which she participated just to have fun and hang out with her friends to something much more involved. When she returned to Quitman in her sixth-grade year, she brought with her a growing involvement in the sport.
Around Hiers's seventh-grade year, she moved from the middle of the infield to behind the plate. For the last five years, that has been her lot in her softball life - being catcher. Hiers can't imagine playing anywhere else. "I really love it. I wouldn't trade catching for anything in the world. I love the plays at the plate, being in control of the game and leading the team," she says.
Hiers is a very strong player who maintains intense focus throughout her games. Her ability to concentrate makes her a very good defensive catcher. She is one of the region's most disciplined hitters, one who can change the outcome of a game with one swing of the bat. Last season, Hiers finished the season with a batting average north of .400, eight home runs and more than 50 walks. As of September, Hiers's power numbers were down but her batting average was off the charts. She was hitting over .700 with three home runs.
Hiers, an All-State selection last year who has also made the All-Region team every year of high school, was named Offensive Player of the Year last season.
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Hiers would also like to beat rivals Berrien or Cook.
As her career progressed, Hiers began to realize that she had the skills to play softball in college. During the summer between her freshman and sophomore years, she locked in at the plate, became more consistent, and posted some really good on-base percentage numbers. When she attended camps, her poise behind and at the plate caught the eyes of coaches from colleges across the country. A year later, she started getting flooded with emails from college programs all over the country. In the end, she decided on Arkansas and committed to the Razorbacks last December.
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And you would be hard pressed to find a better student-athlete anywhere in South Georgia than Hiers. She is one of the top students in her class and has a shot at being the Brooks County Class of 2013's valedictorian or salutatorian. The daughter of a schoolteacher, Hiers hasn't really had a choice when it comes to grades. She has to perform well - there is no other option.
While Hiers is humble when it comes to her academic achievements, she also acknowledges that school has always come relatively easy for her. There have been times when school was more difficult for her, and she always buckled down and did what she had to do to maintain her grades. Heirs's approach to academics is reminiscent of other student-athletes. She looks at grades as a competition, and she wants to win at academics just as she wants to win on the softball field.
"I want to do better than everybody else," she says. Hiers is willing to put in the extra time at practice to get better at softball, and she is willing to do the same thing in the classroom. "Sometimes, homework takes longer than normal. When that happens, I just get it done. I don't mind staying up late if I have to," she says.
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The spirit of academic competition isn't just between Shelby Hiers and her classmates. It also extends to her older sister, Carrilee. Not only has Shelby joined her sister on the pages of this magazine, she will also likely eclipse Carrilee's class rank at graduation. Shelby is in sight of being the Class of 2013's salutatorian and could very well become its valedictorian. Either way, Shelby should finish higher than Carrilee, who was fourth in her class. "Yeah, I'm trying to finish higher than Carrilee. But she knows I'm a little smarter than she is," laughs Shelby.
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