(Originally published in print edition of The Oregonian May 29, 2013 Community News  Oregonian Link)



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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Ashlynn Schmitt 

Age: 17


School: Tualatin High School senior


Sport: Varsity softball


Coach: Jenna Wilson


How she got started: “My parents played ball when they were young, and I grew up watching them play slow pitch softball and I fell in love with it when I played it for the first time.”


Family of athletes? “My dad played baseball and soccer in high school and my mom played soccer.”


Highlights: “This year has been one of the best years of high school softball for me. After the coaching issues at Barlow High School the last two and a half years, I transferred to Tualatin, which is definitely the highlight of my high school career. We have been scoring lots of runs and hitting the ball hard. The best thing so far is that we were ranked number 23 at the start of the season and now we are ranked number four. It’s awesome knowing that if we keep working hard, we can beat anyone.”


Coach’s advice: “Jenna always tell me to be myself and to do what I know. It really helps me relax and not worry about anything else but the next pitch.”


Favorite part of the sport: “The best part of this sport, just like any sport, is the team. Having 14 other people that will support you and push you to be better on and off the field.”


Fuel for the big game: “Every (game) morning I have to have a Red Bull!”

“I like to play soccer when it isn’t softball season. I’m a goalkeeper for soccer.”

Rules I live by:
“Take things one step at a time. And live with no regrets.”

“Other than softball, I spend my time with friends or family. My family has always supported me, so during my off time I spend time with them as much as I can.”


On her iPod: “Andre Nickatina, Kendrick Lamar, Robb Bank$, Jason Aldean, Metallica, a little bit of everything!”


Books on her night stand: “The Forgiveness Factor” by my pastor, Scott Bradley.”

One thing someone might not know about her:
“I really like to write poems.”


What’s next? “I am hoping to play softball in college. I don’t know where yet, nothing is really set in stone. I hope in the next month I will be committed to do what I love most!”

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