By John Tranchina
Reprinted with permission from Vype Oklahoma
She may be only a junior, but Terran Schornick has developed into an important team leader for Claremore’s fast-pitch softball team. The junior outfielder portrays a strong work ethic, and there’s no question that she shines as a positive role model for her younger teammates.
“The past few years, I’ve won the Hustle Award, so I pride myself on being a hustler and giving 100 percent at all times,” Schornick said. “That’s a big part of my character. I don’t feel myself if I’m not going 100 percent, I just feel like I’m letting the team down, like I could be doing better. I want to go my hardest at all times.”
“I try to be a good leader, because I want to be someone they can look up to, and be like, ‘Wow, I want to be like her. I want to hustle, too.’ I don’t want people to think I think I’m too cool to hustle, so I want to be a good leader for them.”
That message is being heard loud and clear, although Schornick is a bit disappointed in how the Zebras’ season ended up this fall. After starting out 5-4, Claremore won nine in a row, but then stumbled with a 4-8 mark to close out the regular season. They finished with a 21-14 record overall, eventually falling in the Class 5A Regional playoffs, one step before the state tournament.
“I think we had a good start, but I don’t know, we just had a decline at the end, which was sad,” said Schornick, who also plays basketball and participates in track and field, doing the high jump, at Claremore. “It could have gone better, but we want to go to the state tournament next year, we’re going to come back with a vengeance. I’m focused on everyone working hard, and everyone knowing that it’ll be my last year and I want to go to the state tournament, so we’re all going to give it our all.”
Schornick also displays her sense of leadership by taking part in Claremore’s FUZE program, which stands for Freshmen Utilizing Zebra Experience: “It’s like a leadership thing for upperclassmen,” said Schornick, who is also in the Young Democrats Club. “We take freshmen under our wing and just mentor them.”
They could hardly have a better role model to follow.