Ringwood’s Emma Detrick – Enid Area Academic Athlete of the Month – Presented by Lyle Nickel AAA Insurance

By Derrick Smith

The life of a high school student-athlete can be a little tricky at times, trying to balance school work, games, practice, and a social life. Emma Detrick says it can be done but it takes a little help.

“It definitely is not easy,” she said. “But honestly, I could not have done it without the people around me. I have a great boss who does not mind when I only work one day a week when I have softball every other day. I have had amazing teachers who have always been willing to come in early and help me. I have had great coaches who care about us more than just about how we play that night. It comes down to hard work. No, it is not easy. But I wanted to be good at softball and I wanted to strive academically. So that’s what I did.”

Emma is a senior at Ringwood High School. She is a member of the fastpitch and slowpitch softball teams, where she plays mostly second base for both squads. She has played softball since the age of four. Detrick also played basketball for about five years, but eventually decided she wanted to focus on softball.

Throughout her life, Emma says she has had, and continues to have, many supporters.

“Over the years, I have had so many coaches who have pushed me to work hard on and off of the field,” she said. “When I don’t get home from a softball game until 10 p.m. and I still have homework, my family has always been there to keep me going. Coach Pearson has never given up on me as an athlete and has always pushed me to be the best I can. He has also made it clear that in order to take care of business in the field, I have to take care of business in the classroom. Coach Foster has always been there to provide an encouraging word and been there to remind me to keep a positive attitude no matter how things are going. He has also encouraged to be a leader on my team and in my school for the glory of God who has given me the ability to do so. With that being said, without God none of this would be possible. He has given me the personality to be outgoing enough to be successful on the field and in the classroom. My purpose is to glorify Him and I hope I have done that.”

The teammates she has had also have made a big impact on Detrick.

“My team has had a major influence on me as well,” she said. “Last year, we won State Academic Champions in both fastpitch and slowpitch. So I have been surrounded by people who strive both in the classroom and on the field.”

Success is not something that has come easy for Emma, But she knows that the extra work will pay off.

“It has taken lots of late nights at the field,” she stated. “There is nothing like an empty cage on a Saturday night. Or having Coach Foster hit me ground balls after a bad game. Softball became a peaceful place for me. I knew I wanted to strive to be the best I could and I was willing to do whatever that took even if it meant spending time at the field when I did not have to be there.”

Detrick says her highlight moment in softball did not take place during a game. Instead, it took place when she found out some news.

“My teammates and coaches have made every moment memorable. But personally, the highlight of my career was when Coach Pearson told me I made Tri-County All-Conference. I did not expect to hear that and it was a moment when all of the hard work felt worth it,” she said.

Off of the softball field, Emma is also President of both the Ringwood FFA Chapter and FCA Chapter. She is also involved with the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, the BETA Club, and the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).

After graduation in May, Emma already has the next chapter planned.

“In the fall, I will be attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University and majoring in BioChemistry with a Pre Med option, and the hope is to attend med school after that,” she said.