New Castle News


July 4, 2012

Female Athlete of the Year: Shenango’s Michelle Watson



PARENTS: Bob and Lynne Watson.

FAVORITE TV SHOW AND WHY: Friends. “I just love it. I watch it every night. I make my friends watch it, too. It’s hilarious.”

FAVORITE FOOTBALL TEAM AND WHY: Pittsburgh Steelers. “It’s the hometown team.”

FAVORITE BASEBALL TEAMS AND WHY: New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates. “I love the Bucos, but growing up, I liked the Mets. I love them both, but if they went head-to-head, I’d go with the Mets.”

FAVORITE SOFTBALL PLAYER AND WHY: Jenny Finch, former Olympic softball player. “Her intensity and passion out there are unlike other athletes.”

FUTURE PLANS: Watson will attend Robert Morris University in the fall on an academic scholarship (she finished with a 3.97 grade point average at Shenango) and study nursing. She’ll also participate on the track and field team. Watson said she decided as a junior that she wasn’t going to play softball in college, but she started to reconsider that choice her senior year. “I know now that track is what’s best, but it’s going to be hard giving up something that’s been a part of my life since I was like 2,” she said. “Softball was my first love.” Watson said the thing that put track and field over the top was the one-on-one competition. “It’s on yourself,” Watson said. “If you have a bad day, it’s not like in softball where you can say, ‘Oh, well no one played defense,’ or something like that. Because I’m the only person in the circle throwing the shot or the disc. That’s what I love is you’re relying on yourself, and I think it builds a lot of character. In the tough times, are you going to rise or are you going to crumble.”


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