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Senior spotlight: Wesson softball senior class a cornerstone of program

If you’ve watched Wesson softball in the last six years, then you’ve seen a talented group of seniors grow up before your eyes.

The Lady Cobras were in their first year of Region 7-2A play and had a 4-1 record when their 2020 season was ended by COVID-19.

They’d already had four games rained out due to wet weather during their early season schedule. Wesson head coach Michelle Nunnery said the team was playing their best ball and had championship aspirations.

“I feel like we were clicking on all cylinders this season and the girls only had one goal in mind,” said Nunnery.

“These girls are my first group to have from seventh graders to seniors since I became head coach,” said Nunnery. “Each one brought their own special talent and spunk that made for never a dull moment and a great team.”

All six seniors will continue their athletic careers next season at the collegiate level ¬— three in softball, one in soccer, one in golf and one in cheerleading.

Natalie Bonds

The daughter of Kevin and Catherine Bonds and Matt and Ashley Dugas, Natalie will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year where she’ll be the mascot for the CLCC cheer team and major in criminal justice. A rangy, athletic outfielder, Bonds was a Daily Leader All-Area selection last season who played six years of softball at Wesson.

Anna Claire Crow

The daughter of Bradley and Becca Crow and Stan and Claire Rasberry, Anna Claire will attend Southwest Mississippi Community College next year on a softball scholarship while pursuing a major in accounting. A fearless, left-handed first baseman, Crow was a Daily Leader All-Area selection last season who played six years of softball at Wesson.

Shelbi Maxwell

The daughter of Jason and Michelle Berch, Shelbi will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year on a softball scholarship while pursuing a major in nursing. One of the fastest players in the area, Maxwell was a Daily Leader All-Area selection last season in softball and also an All-Area pick in basketball as a senior.

Katie McSweyn

The daughter of Chris and Tonya McSweyn, Katie will attend Mississippi University of Women next year on a golf scholarship while pursuing a major in elementary education. A utility player that could play the corner infield, outfield or catch, McSweyn was a Daily Leader All-Area selection last season who played six years of softball at Wesson.

Arie Douglas

The daughter of Mike and Amanda Douglas and Chan and Whitney Newell, Arie will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College on a soccer scholarship next year while pursuing a major in nursing. A quick handed, nimble footed second baseman, Douglas played six years of softball at Wesson.

Catherine Wilson

The daughter of Albert and Deona Wilson, Catherine will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year on a softball scholarship while pursuing a major in accounting. A catcher who had the big bat in the middle of the lineup, Wilson was a Daily Leader All-Area selection last season who played six years of softball at Wesson.