Sonoraville’s Avery Beason is not a typical high school student.
She doesn’t just go to school and then back home like many high-schoolers. In fact, that’s the opposite end of the spectrum from what Beason does.
The senior stays busy to say the least. Not only does she play both tennis and softball for the Lady Phoenix while also balancing school, but one of her biggest passions is art.
It’s so much of a passion that Beason’s aspirations include attending Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta after high school.
Right now, though, she is starting her final tennis season as the No. 1 singles player for coach Billie Abney and the Lady Phoenix.
This past fall she was a starting outfielder for the Sonoraville softball team that fell just short of a state playoff appearance.
Recently, the Calhoun Times caught up with Beason to talk about the current tennis season, her final softball season this past fall, her memories as an athlete at Sonoraville, juggling sports and school, her passion for art and her plans for after high school, among other subjects.
Here’s what she had to say:
CT: Talk about the tennis season that’s just getting going. How good do you think this team is and what are your expectations for the season?
Beason: Our team is really good. I think we all come together as one and build each other up. So far, we look really good as a team. As far as singles goes, everyone looks good, and our doubles teams are really good this year. I believe we’ll be able to go far in state if we play up to our full potential.
CT: Reflect on your last softball season at Sonoraville this past fall. Even though you came up just short of the state playoffs, how good of a season was it in your opinion?
Beason: It was tough because we knew we could’ve gone further than what we did, but the games we did do well in was good for us because the team was our family. It was really heartbreaking to play our last game. After it was over, the realization set in that it’s my senior year, and I’m not going to be able to have those opportunities again. But overall, I think we did really well — better than we did in the past.
CT: What’s been your best memory as an athlete at Sonoraville?
Beason: I guess it’s just being around everybody. Whether we win or lose, whether it’s tennis or softball, my team always tries to lift me up even when I’m down. Just the memories I’ve made with everybody will always be there. Just the practices and the bus rides, those will never be forgotten.
CT: Which one of your coaches has had the biggest influence on you? Why?
Beason: I don’t really want to single anyone out because they’ve all contributed to everything I’ve done. They’ve all pushed me to my limits no matter what. Especially coach (Candice) Respress. She’s my outfielder coach for softball, and even when I said I couldn’t do it, she would tell me I could. She would always push me, and I would end up being able to do it. She always believed in me and encouraged me.
CT: How tough is it to juggle multiple sports with school?
Beason: It’s really tough. I remember sitting on the bus on the way to and back from games having to study. But it’s definitely possible to do both. All my coaches know that school comes first, and if there was ever anything I needed help on, they would help me.
CT: What is it about art that makes you so passionate about it? Is it a release for you?
Beason: I feel like I can express myself. It’s more than just writing down your feelings; you can actually draw it out and put everything down on a sheet of paper. You can create something awesome. I like to create something that when people look at it, they’ll say ‘wow’ and they’re just in amazement. That’s the best feeling ever.
CT: What are some things you like to do when you have some free time?
Beason: I hang out with friends a lot. They’re like my life along with my family. I like to baby-sit my little cousins and hang out with my family. And I like to have movie nights with everyone.
CT: What are your plans for after high school? Do you see sports in your future in college?
Beason: When I graduate, I want to attend SCAD in Atlanta. I’m hoping to become a graphic designer. We’ll see if that changes or not, but that’s my main focus right now. I would like to (play sports in college). For my first year, I want to adjust to everything. If I think it’s possible my sophomore through senior year, I’ll definitely try to do that. I just don’t want to go into college playing sports, and it’s overwhelming. I want to get used to everything first.
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