Konawa’s Charylee Ortiz – Ada Area Softball Feature – Presented by Fenton Ford of Ada

By Derrick Smith

Success is something all athletes strive to reach, but some are not able to achieve it because they do not put in the time and work. Charylee Ortiz says that if you want to be successful, you have to do your part.

“I believe it takes a lot of hard work, heart, a good attitude and faith in God to be successful in any sport and in life,” she said. “I truly believe hard work beats talent any day. I strive to be the hardest worker on and off the field. I believe heart is something that cannot be taught. You have to love what you’re doing and want to win more than your opponent. You have to give it your whole heart every time you step on the field.”

Ortiz is a senior at Konawa High School, where she is a multi-sport athlete. She plays fastpitch softball, basketball, cross country, track, and drill team. She is also a member of teams outside of school, one basketball and one softball.

Winning the Ada Area Softball Poll is a big honor for Charylee because she knew the competition she was up against.

“My poll had a lot of really good athletes in it so I knew it was gonna be a tight race. I have played against or with a lot of these girls and it easily could have been one of them. I’ve been extremely blessed with all the support given from my community, family, friends, school and teammates.”

There have been many people that have been part of Charylee’s life, but two have made the biggest impact.

“My parents have been my biggest role models,” she stated. “My dad has taught me to always work hard and go one hundred percent every time. No matter the weather, he is always working hard for me and my family. My mom has taught me even though I may mess up or get knocked down, to always pick myself up and move on. They both support me in everything that I do.”

Other than athletics, Charylee also serves as Vice President of the Konawa Chapter of the National Honor Society and also a member of the Konawa High School Band.