As one of just two seniors on the Lady Roughers softball team this fall, Karsyn York knows this is her final season on the dirt and isn’t afraid to get dirty to help her team achieve success.
Or as she explains, it’s all about the team, “we before me”.
“As a senior, that means having great integrity and character. It also means being proactive instead of reactive. I do my best to be a leader by making sure I have everyone’s back on and off the field,” replied the starting catcher for the Roughers this season. “One thing I can always say is that I care for my teammates and I will do whatever it takes to make them successful.”
And according to her coach, she’s a kid that every coach wants to have in the lineup.
“I think of Karsyn as ‘seasoned’; a player who is full of character and leadership by example, replied head coach Mark Dicus. “She works hard on her own as well as works hard with the other girls on the team. When she’s behind the plate or with the bat in her hand in the leadoff or two hole, she get’s things started for us. Karsyn also runs bases with purpose and is a weapon for us to produce runs.”
When asked to define herself in everyday life as well as on the field, York was quick to reply.
“Humorous, sassy, and tough. The tough part might just be from my own perspective, but I’ve been told I’m pretty funny with a hint of sass,” York explained with a smile. “When I say I’m tough I don’t necessarily mean physically, I also mean mentally. It’s important to be both when playing sports.”
Those three traits, number-6 credits to the influences of her mom and dad.
“Both of them have made a huge impact on the personality I have today. My dad has taught me how to have integrity and be mentally strong while my mom has taught me to be smart and witty, but also selfless.”
York, who carries a 3.95 GPA, aspires to be a family and marriage counselor with a Christian background. But until then, she plans to make the most of every inning of softball that remains on the Roughers schedule.
“I want my legacy to reflect that I was smart and a hard worker. Someone that never gave up and did the right thing always.”
Karsyn York’s footprints continue to prove the Muskogee Way that Character Counts.