STORY BY MCKINZY MCGEE
PHOTOS BY MELANIE BUCK
Jordan Ward is a Senior at Mena High School and has been a resident of Mena her whole life. She has been the pitcher for the Mena Ladycats Softball team for the last four years and has been a member of a traveling team, Mena Heat, coached by her father Dane Ward since she was six. Ward has helped lead the 2015 Ladycats to a State Championship, being awarded Player of the Game at the State Championship game, multiple Conference Championships, as well as being a member of the 2014 State championship Volleyball team. She signed on November 13th, 2015 to pitch for The University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Daryan Torix is a Senior at Mena High School where her father, Shane Torix, is the Principal. Torix started playing travel softball at age 6 on the Mena Heat team coached by Dane Ward, and has been the Centerfielder for the Mena Ladycats for four years. She was a member of the State winning Softball and Volleyball teams, playing a key role in both as well as holding multiple conference and district championships. Torix signed to Southern Arkansas University on Friday November 13th, 2015 where she will begin school at in the Fall of 2016.
Madelyn Brotherton is currently a Senior at Mena High School where is competes on multiple Ladycat teams. She is the first-baseman for the Ladycat Softball team, a member of both the Volleyball and Basketball teams, and played a large part in the accomplishment of two State titles; on in Softball and on in Volleyball. Brotherton has played alongside her sister Macy on the Mena Heat traveling team since she was 7. Macy has signed to play softball at the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville on Friday, Novemeber the 13th, 2015.
Macy Brotherton is a Senior at Mena High School alongside her sister Madelyn. Macy has been a member of the Mena Heat traveling team since she was 7, and the hind catcher for the Mena Ladycats Softball team for the last four years. In accordance to softball, Brotherton has been a member of both the Mena Ladycat Volleyball and Basketball teams, a part of the Softball and Volleyball State Championship teams, and multiple Conference and District titles. Brotherton signed to the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville on Friday November 13th, 2015 to become a Lady Razorback Softball player.
McKenzi Spurgin is a Senior at Mena High School where she is a member of the Ladycat Softball and Volleyball team. Spurgin has been the third baseman for the Ladycats for the last four years, and before she played on a traveling team, Mena Heat, since she was 7. She has helped both Ladycat teams claim State titles as well as multiple Conference and District titles. Spurgin signed to Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri on Friday November 13th, 2015 to play softball and continue her education to become an Occupational Therapist.