A+ Athlete: Lakelynn Anderson, Stratford

This weeks A+ Athlete is Lakelynn Anderson of Stratford high school. Lakelynn is a four year starter for the softball team, a regional qualifier in golf, and the 2017 defensive player of the year in basketball.

In softball she was voted rookie of the year as a freshman, defensive player of the year in both fast pitch and slow pitch, and she helped the lady bulldogs to a state quarter finals finish in 2015.

"It's so exciting to know that you're a part of a team, and you're a part of something that's not just you," said Lakelynn Anderson. "Even if you make a mistake, you know that you have eight other people on the field that have your back."

"She's been one of, if not the best catcher in the state of Oklahoma for four years," said Stratford softball coach Sam Caton. "People can't convince me otherwise, and she is everything that you want your school to produce."

When Lakelynn isn't on the softball field, she is still knocking it out of the park in the class room. She is in the national honor society, she's on the Superintendent's Honor Roll, and she has a 4.17 GPA.

"She is always doing her best, and to see a student do that, it really fills you as a teacher," said Stratford music teacher Catie Caton. "It makes you want to do more yourself, because you have students that care so much about what they're doing."

"It started out with that was what my parents expectation was," said Anderson. "Always A's, always A's, or more of always doing the best that you can do. So, I've never had a B in my life, so I always want to be held to that higher standard."

Somehow Lakelynn finds the time to give back to the Stratford community by volunteering in various ways.