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Passion for the game
by Garrett Valenzuela
Jan 21, 2013 | 2642 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lindsay Yearman
Lindsay Yearman
SPARKS — Amidst the countless hours spent inside the classroom or stirring up dust on the diamond, softball has been an underlying factor in Lindsay Yearman’s life.

Whether it is Reed Raider softball, club/traveling softball or teaching young athlete’s about the game, she said the sport has driven her in many facets of her life. During the past summer, Yearman helped coach young elementary-level children for community service and helped pass on the fundamentals of the game.

“I think the passion I have for the game I try to show so they can get excited about it when they get older,” Yearman said. “Softball has driven me to succeed and push for excellence because I know that is what I want to do. I have been focused on getting good grades so I can get into a good college where I can play softball. It has kept me focused and out of trouble.”

Yearman said will be one of the captains on the Raider softball team this spring and she is looking forward to stepping into a leading role. Though she doesn’t consider herself the most vocal captain, she said she plans to combine approaches of former captains and set a positive on-field example.

“Through the years, I have noticed things about the captains, what has worked and what hasn’t worked. I have tried to put it all together so I can be a good captain,” she said. “If everybody buys in, then we all work together as a team and it all becomes easier. If everyone is on the same page, we flow better as a team and it shows on the field.

“I’m not so much a vocal leader. I will if I need to, but I like to show by example most of the time. I try to keep it light. I am more of a joker on the team and try to keep everybody happy. For softball, I always try to be the best player I can, and I know there is stuff I need to work on, but I am competitive and I think that translates into everything I do.”

Yearman is in the final semester of her senior year at Reed High School and she has racked up more than enough credits to earn her Honors diploma. As she finishes up, she said her “perfectionist” mentality has helped keep her on track and juggle multiple commitments throughout high school.

“I have always been a sort of perfectionist,” Yearman said, “So it is kind of double-edged sword where sometimes I will have to stay up really late because I know something has to be done really well, but then I am tired the next day. On the other end of that, I get good grades. So, it can be good and it can be bad.”

Yearman has two primary post-high school options on the table for the fall, both which would send her northwest to Oregon. Yearman said Lewis and Clark College in Portland and George Fox University in Newburg are her first-choice schools and she is waiting on scholarship approvals before making a decision.

“I have to wait until I get the FAFSA and the rest of my scholarships through to see which one is more affordable, but I like both of them equally and I wouldn’t mind going to either one,” she said. “If those don’t work out, I am looking to play at Southwestern Oregon Community College.”

Yearman said she plans to major in Chemistry and work toward a career in forensic analysis. She cites her work in AP Chemistry —and a little CSI drama — in inspiring her fascination with laboratory work and forensics.

“I have always liked the CSI shows, and I know that they are not realistic to what the job is in real life, but I think when you look at a substance and figure out what it is, I just think that is really cool,” Yearman said. “I took AP Chemistry last year and we did a lab where you have a solution and put different stuff in it to figure out what it was. I really enjoyed that. I like it enough to where I think I can go through college studying it.”

Yearman said she is not sure where she will end up after college, but said she prefers to remain on the west coast.

Outside of school and playing year-round softball, Yearman said she enjoys camping and fishing at nearby lakes and she also works part-time at Kimball Equipment Company in Sparks, where she sorts and files paperwork. She plans to take advantage of the work-study program for college athletes, where she can earn some extra money while maintaining her academics.
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