Idabel’s Aryza Impson – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Pine Cellular

By Nick Hampton

When you hear the term “power hitter” you probably get flashes of major leaguers like Bryce Harper or Aaron Judge. But that same term can be applied to Aryza Impson of Idabel.

“She’s a strong, powerful young lady that hits the ball really far and really hard,” said her coach Scott Pratt, who has taken over the slow pitch program this year for the Lady Warriors. “In five games she has four home runs. She definitely has some pop in her bat. She’s very athletic and also has a good glove at third base for us.”

The senior cleanup hitter for Idabel, who hit 10 homers all of last year, is setting the bar high this season.

“My goal is to hit 25 homers this season and if I keep my mind set, I know I can do it,” said the happy-go-lucky Impson.

Though she professes to be basically a shy person, she doesn’t let that get in the way of being a team leader for the Lady Warriors.

“As a senior I feel that I need to the leader of my team so that whatever I do reflects on them. If I’m having a bad day or bad game, I can’t let that show and I have to stay positive and maintain a high energy level. I want to be that person they look up to and I want to set an example for them of what a good leader should be like,” said Impson who also pitches some during slow pitch season.

Among her other activities is throwing the shot put for the track team, which is challenging with her slow pitch commitment.

“During fourth hour I go throw the shot with my track coach and then go to softball at the end of the day. I’ll go to track meets when I can and might have to miss softball occasionally. Last year was my first year for the shot put and the only meet I attended was regionals where I finished sixth. This year my goal is to qualify for state,” said Aryza who is also a member of the Native American Club and the Leo’s Club at school as well a manger for the football and basketball teams.

One of the role models in her life is former Sooner softball standout Keilani Ricketts.

“I just admired her mentality to be the best that she could be and her drive to reach her goals. And she was just a beast,” added Impson.

Aryza Impson plans to attend Rose State College and study to be a dental hygienist after high school.