A to Z with Lindsay O'Steen


Lafayette's Lindsay O'Steen, who will play her college softball at Central Florida College in Ocala, looks to lead the Hornets to their second straight state title. (Photo submitted by Jack Howdeshell

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11:54 p.m.

SCHOOL: Lafayette

YEAR: Senior

SPORTS: Softball, volleyball

JERSEY NUMBER: 1

HEIGHT: 5-foot-10

A rea athlete I would pay to watch play: Jessica TenBroeck of Suwannee. She is really athletic and a great leader on the field.

B est movie I've ever seen? “A League of Their Own.” That's my favorite movie and it kind of relates to softball.

C entral Florida College (Ocala) is the place for me because ... I really like their program. They are starting to rebuild, their coaches are great, and I like the campus.

D erek Garland's words of advice to me as softball coach? “It will stop hurting when the pain goes away.”

E asiest part of my school day: I only have one class, which is PE, so that's pretty easy. I have dual enrollment online with North Florida Community College.

F ollowing in the footsteps of athletic achievement at Lafayette as Cartaesha Macklin and Natalie Land, both area athletes of the year like yourself, what is your favorite sports memory? I guess winning the softball state championship. Winning back-to-back volleyball titles was special, but softball, every year we got closer and closer. It was good to finally reach it (in 2012).

G etting a critical kill on the volleyball court, hitting a home run or striking out the side in softball, which would mean more to you? Hitting a home run. That puts another run on the board, it's exciting and never gets old.

H oisting the state championship trophy this season in softball will take ... A lot of hard work, not letting pressure and expectations get in our minds. We just need to go out and play our game.

I nteresting thing about me away from sports: I can say my ABCs backwards.

J oker on the softball team: Ellen Lashley, the other senior. She is always saying something to keeps us laughing. It helps to relax us.

K 's or homers: Homers.

L east favorite sport to watch: Golf. I guess that counts as a sport.

M y top hangout spot in Mayo is … Softball field.

N ickname? Lo.

O ne person in my life who inspires me most: My dad (Riley O'Steen). He always supports me and is there for me no matter what.

P otential college major: Physical therapy or sports medicine.

Q uiet time activity: I like reading.

R easons why you are giving up volleyball? It's not that I don't have feelings for volleyball. I love it. But I don't have the same passion as I do with softball. I started playing when I was 8 and I'm now 17.

Note: Lindsay was the Class 1A player of the year in volleyball in 2012

S uperstition I have: I'm very superstitious. Every game day I will eat peanut butter waffles for breakfast and a turkey sandwich for lunch.

T oughest moment of my high school career ... Probably recently when we lost on senior night to Suwannee. That was my last regular season home game. Senior night was already pretty hard, so losing the game made it really tough.

U nderrated player on your team: Sydney Shows. She is close to leading the area in batting average and is one of those silent leaders. She leads by example. Even though she is a sophomore, I look up to her a lot because of her hitting and her attitude. She plays everywhere.

V acation spot I love: Any beach. I really like Panama City Beach.

W hat will it mean if you can repeat as state champions in softball and be part of Lafayette's four state titles in two years? That would mean everything to my high school career. Winning it one time in volleyball was unreal. If we win four, it would be amazing.

X box, PlayStation or Wii? Wii, I like Wii Sports a lot.

Y ear I was born: 1995.

Z oo animal I like most: Giraffe because they are really tall and are made fun of because they are so tall.

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