|Busy as a B(etsy): Betsy Blount finds time to excel in many endeavors|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
April 1, 2005 - One of these days, Betsy Blount will take a break, but it's hard to imagine when.
Blount, a senior outfielder for the Lady Cats, has such a full schedule, she could join the circus as a juggler.
Right now, her main focus is on the softball diamond, but she just finished with Hi-King Klub presentation, is working on a tap performance in dance, has played piano for 12 years, and is finalizing plans to play volleyball at Southwestern Oklahoma State University before she enters pharmacy school there.
She's not just involved in all those activities - she's successful.
Blount was a four-year regional qualifier in cross country, a starter on the school's bi-district volleyball team, played for the Dixie Debs who qualified for last summer's World Series, and was first runner-up in the Dairy Festival pageant last summer.
John McCullough, who has coached Blount in both volleyball and softball, said she's an example of what coaches look for.
"She stays in shape because she's always doing something. That's the kind of person she is - she wants to be involved, she wants to be doing something," McCullough said. "She's one of those kids who is always doing things.
"That's what you like. You want those kids who aren't afraid to get involved and get after it. There are many days she's stayed and taken extra fly balls and extra hitting. You look for things like that in a player - someone who wants to get better and is willing to pay the price to do that."
The extra practice is paying off. Blount has been around the .300 mark in batting most of the year and is currently hitting .286 (fourth-best on the squad) with nine RBI and three doubles, which is second on the team.
"When she's coming up with opportunities to drive runs in, she's doing that whether it's a sacrifice or a hit," McCullough said. "She's really focusing on doing a better job of making contact. She's cut her strikeouts down the last several weeks, and that has a lot to do with her success. She's getting up there and focusing and making sure she's putting the ball in play."
Betsy, the daughter of Terry and Marsha Blount, has been playing softball since she was five, and will continue to play this summer, but it is volleyball that most recently has captured her heart.
"I always thought I'd want to play softball in college. Softball was my life since I had played since I was five," she explained. "But, after playing volleyball this year, I had so much fun on varsity, and I decided that's what I wanted to do."
She also wants to be a pharmacist, and was sure that Southwestern Oklahoma was where she needed to go since they have a top-notch pharmacy school. But, there was one problem - the school didn't have a volleyball team.
That was, until Dec. 14, when they announced the formation of a volleyball team for 2005.
"I looked it up on the internet and they didn't have a volleyball team, so I was kind of bummed out," Blount said. "But, my dad found out they were going to have a volleyball team for next year."
So, Blount went to Weatherford, Okla., for a try-out and was selected for a walk-on position that will include the waiver of out-of-state tuition. Sulphur Bluff's Ashley Pettite also was chosen for a walk-on spot.
"It worked out perfectly," Blount said. "I'm excited."