Maddox taking softball career to next level at Daytona State College

FELTON – Before she even laces up her cleats for one last high school softball season, Lake Forest senior centerfielder Mya Maddox has solidified her college plans.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Mya signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Daytona State College.

The comfort level when she visited the school’s campus played a role in her decision.

“I went down there for a tournament and they happened to see me and then I went and visited the school. I just felt most comfortable there out of all the schools I visited,” Mya said.

Mya smiles while signing on to play softball at Daytona State College (The Journal/Ben Heck).

Maddox says she had also been looking at George Mason and Indian River State College, but ultimately decided Daytona State College would be her next stop.

A three-sport star, the senior student-athlete has made a sizeable impact on Lake Forest athletics over the last four years.

Maddox scored 12 goals to help lead the varsity field hockey team to the DIAA state playoffs in the fall, and now she’s on the basketball court leading the Spartans’ offense as a starting forward.

Despite playing three sports, the choice of taking softball to the next level over field hockey and basketball seemed to be a no-brainer to Mya.

“I’ve been taking softball serious since I was real little. I just happened to love it more than any other sport,” she said of the decision.

“Honestly, basketball is Mya’s passion,” Mya’s father, Jimmy, said. “That’s where her heart is, but God gave her talent to play softball and that’s what she excels at the most.”

Mya is currently one of the leaders of Lake’s varsity girls’ basketball squad (The Journal/Ben Heck).

Mya’s parents – Jimmy and Nina Maddox – were instrumental in helping to prepare Mya for all aspects of college, both mentally and physically.

Mya comes from an athletic family, but athletics isn’t the primary focus.

“We’re proud of Mya, she’s worked hard. She deserves to be where she’s at,” Mr. Maddox said. “The ultimate goal in this family is to make it to school. It’s not about athletics, it’s all about academics. We just use athletics as a stepping stone to get us to where we need to go.”

Her college plans are set, but her work isn’t done at Lake Forest just yet.

At the completion of basketball season, she’ll be able to lace the cleats up for one final season as the Spartans’ lead-off hitter.

Varsity softball head coach Ashlie Tatman and assistant coach Cassie Butler are both excited to see what she can do in her final season this spring.

Mya was an integral part of Lake Forest’s DIAA state playoff-bound field hockey squad this past fall (The Journal/Ben Heck).

“I’ve definitely seen her grow over the past few years. She has a great work ethic, and she’s really a good kid,” Butler said.

“We’ve seen her mature over the years as far as her being a leader,” Tatman added. “She’s always been one of our key players, and we’ll be sad to see her go. We’re hoping she can step up and really lead the team and be a positive role model for the girls coming up, being that this is her last year.”

At Daytona State College, Mya plans on studying sports psychology and hopes to make an immediate impact on the softball diamond.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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