Hugo’s Downy Higgins – Pine Cellular Area Softball Feature – Presented by Pine Cellular

By Derrick Smith

There can be different things that give an athlete the passion to play the game. Something that puts the fire in them to keep working to become a better player. Downy Higgins has her own things that push her.

“I love the adrenaline rush that I get when I step on the softball field,” she said. “That feeling is what drives me. I am very competitive, so that’s why I love playing.”

Higgins is a senior at Hugo High School, where she plays softball for the Lady Buffaloes. She currently plays shortstop and center field and has loved the game since she first stepped onto the field.

“I started playing softball when I was eight and it was really just a test run to see how i liked it and then I fell in love with the game.

The hard work that Higgins has put in on and off the field paid off, as she won the Pine Cellular Area Softball Poll. She says that it is a privilege to be voted the winner.

“It is really such an honor,” she said. “I have always wanted to be involved with Vype and now I am. I’m just very blessed.”

There have been two men that have made an impact on Downy’s life. One is her dad, Rickey Lindamood, and the other is her former softball coach, Jerren Ellis.

“My dad has always been my role model because he was one of the only ones in my family that played sports and he was such a big motivation. Coach Ellis was such a good coach, so inspirational, and he always believed in me.”

She has made a lot of great memories on the field with her teammates, but Higgins says there is one moment that stands out as her highlight moment.

“Being able to play in the slow pitch state tournament during my freshman year was a great experience.”

Downy also excels in the classroom, carrying a 4.0 GPA, making her the top ranked student in her class. She is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society.

“Grades have always been an important part of my life,” she said. “In order to succeed in sports, you have to succeed in the classroom.”