After Long County beat McIntosh County 3-1 in its final regular-season game of the year, the Lady Blue Tide softball team recognized its five graduating seniors: MaKaylee Fowler, Elizabeth Hewitt, Harley Dawson, Katie Estill and Caitlin Wingate.
All of the seniors played softball for all four years of their high-school careers.
Fowler was escorted by her parents, Courtney and Michael Brady. MaKaylee Fowler said she enjoys attending Fellowship of Christian Athletes activities and staying active. After graduation, she plans to attend Georgia Southern University and study to become a registered nurse. Her advice to future Lady Tide players is to stay focused and positive.
Hewitt was escorted by her parents, DeAnne and Greg Hewitt. Elizabeth Hewitt is a member of Future Business Leaders of America and FCA. After graduation, she plans to attend Georgia Southern and study to become an athletic trainer. Her advice to future Long County softball players is to be confident, believe in themselves and always keep a positive mindset.
Dawson was escorted by her parents, Julie and Jeff Dawson, and her siblings Ainsley and Ryder. Last season, Harley Dawson was selected as the 2-AA Pitcher of the Year. She also has been a member of the basketball and track team and has been on the soccer team for three years. She, too, is a member of FCA, and she served on the yearbook staff.
After graduation, she plans to attend Columbus State University on a softball scholarship and study to become an athletic trainer. Her advice to future players is limit the excuses and never give less than 110 percent.
Estill was escorted by her parents, Amy and John Estill. Katie Estill has been recognized for several accolades in the 2-AA region. She has played basketball and soccer for three years and track for two years.
She, too, is a member of FCA and she enjoys all sports. After graduation, she plans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Her advice to future players is to enjoy every practice and game because eventually it will all come to an end.
Wingate was escorted by her parents, Kelly and Mike Wingate. Caitlin Wingate has been recognized by the region for her achievements. She also has played basketball for three years and has been in the Beta Club throughout high school.
She enjoys reading and all sports. After graduation, she plans to attend college and hopes to play collegiate softball. Her advice to future players is to appreciate the time that they are given to play softball and always give 100 percent.