As a catcher for Champion’s softball team, Sierra Blackson has had just about everything thrown her way.
“You always have to have your head in it,” said Blackson. “You can never get down because when your pitcher is struggling you have to be their backbone. You have to help them. You have to help them pull through.”
An all-conference selection each of the last two seasons, Blackson is as good a backstop as there is in the Mahoning Valley, helping the Flashes to two consecutive state championships. She enters her senior season with a chance to break the school record for career home runs.
“There’s definitely pressure to keep winning, but at the same time winning isn’t everything. We have two state championships behind us and that’s amazing, but in the end, I do it just for the love of the game. I’ve gained confidence from it. The hard work that comes with it. The dedication you have to have to the sport.”
Her dedication goes far beyond the diamond. She already holds one school record on the volleyball court for most career blocks and blocks in a season. In the classroom, she sports a 3.8 grade point average and is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Champion Teens Care, Presidential Club, and is Key Club President.
“Being a teenager, you want to have a social life, but there are times I have to say no and stay home to study for a test because I have games all week, so on the weekends, I spend a lot of my time doing school work.”
Blackson will continue her softball career at Slippery Rock University where she plans to study pre-medicine.
Champion’s Sierra Blackson, our student athlete of the week.