A+ Athlete Finds Positives in Fire

1-19-06 - One of the dozens of families that lost their homes to fires this past month is also the family of KXII's A+ Athlete. Shelby Garvin of Wynnewood was home alone when the fire destroyed her house.

An all-star on the softball diamond and in the classroom, Shelby Garvin is used to pressure, but nothing could have prepared her for what happened on December 27, 2005.

Shelby said, "I was at home by myself when the fire came. I kind of panicked I guess. It was awful; probably the worst thing that's ever happened to me."

It was a large grass fire that started outside of Wynnewood that eventually spread to the Garvin's home, destroying everything, but out of the destruction the fire left behind came one amazing discovery, her state ring.

Although barely recognizable, it was a reminder to cherish the things she has.

"It makes me realize the things I have. They meant a lot to me and I really didn't think about that before it happened."

The leadership and poise Shelby has shown in the face of tragedy was something recognized long before by the people who were closest to her, like her coach, Bo Copeland.

Shelby led by example off the field, and her play on the field mirrors that. In her last two seasons pitching and playing shortstop for Wynnewood, she has a combined record on the mound of 15-2, with a batting average last season of .402.

Shelby has inspired the people around her by the way she has handled her education, her athletics, and most of all her recent tragedy, and yet she remains humble.

"I don't really see myself as a role model, but some people say I am."

Now Shelby plans to continue her education at East Central University in Ada as a pre-med major. She's hoping one day to become an anesthesiologist, but isn't totally closing the door on her softball career just yet.