Injuries are an unfortunate part of sports. While some players can come back and continue competing in the sport they got hurt in, others must find a new path after an injury. That is the story of Sapulpa junior Daniah Blation.
As a sixth grader Daniah got hurt playing football, a sport she had been playing for three years. That injury, which forced her to stop playing football, opened the door to the sport she now loves, softball.
“There’s a lot about softball I like,” Blation says. “I like being outside. I like getting dirty. But it’s also a mental game and I like the mental game.”
Blation, who plays shortstop for the Chieftains softball team, knows her play on the field is important. But she also knows how she conducts herself in practice and off the field is also critical to her team’s success.
“I try to encourage everybody and lift them up,” she says. “Sometimes when people are having a bad day, especially with COVID, I try to make jokes here and there and do other things to help them feel better.”
Blation, who is a member of National Honor Society, would love to continue her softball career in college however she doesn’t have any plans set in stone.
“Wherever my life takes me, I want to make the best of it,” Daniah says. “I just want to do a lot of stuff with people and nature.”