BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla - At 6-years-old Courtnee Shuler was lucky enough to find her passion.
"Everyone just finds their own little niche that they like and mine was just being out on the ball field and getting dirty and having fun," said Courtnee Shuler.
Fast forward to her Senior year at Blounstown and Courtnee is still having fun while leading the Lady Tigers on the field and in the classroom as she maintains a 3.9 GPA.
"It has made having a younger team a lot easier because they really have a good person to look up to on and off the field," said Blountstown softball Head Coach, Brittany Riddle.
However last January, Courtnee's contagious smile and positive attitude was struck by tragedy when her mother was killed in a car accident.
"I just wanted to give up, I didn't want to play anymore, I just wanted it to be over," said Courtnee.
But Courtnee didn't give up.
"I have to keep going because I have a two year old little brother that is now put in my dad's care and I want him to know that his big sister didn't give up," said Courtnee.
She fought through the pain thanks to some help from her first true love, softball.
"The sport was there for me in general and I was able to take any stresses out on that and be a role model for other people and come back and just show everybody that you don't have to give up just because you lose someone special to you," said Courtnee.
Courtnee came back even stronger and earned herself a scholarship to play softball at Thomas University next year.
"I get to go on and say I graduated from Blountstown high school, a small school but I'm still playing collegiate ball and I get to represent academically as well," said Courtnee.
And no matter where Courtnee ends up she knows her mom will be shinning right next to her.
"I was sitting in the chair and looking around and I know she should've been there but it was okay because I still felt that she was there and I was able to look around and see that she was shinning through my sister and my brother," said Courtnee.
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