Scholar Athlete: Columbus softball player, Nicole Humphries

It’s a family affair that’s turned into a love.

"I’ve been playing since I was seven," said Columbus softball player Nicole Humphries. "My older sister started playing and she’s been playing all her life and she just got done playing college softball so my goal is to follow in her footsteps.

Humphries is a senior center fielder on the Columbus High softball team. A girl who uses the accomplishments of her sister Kristen as motivation.

"She’s a great role model," Nicole said. "She’s always been a positive influence and she’s always loved the sport more than anything so that’s kept me wanting to do it."

Nicole is doing pretty well for herself. She’s made no errors this season and is hitting around 4.00.  She’s a senior leader and four-year starter who’s an asset to the Blue Devil team.

"She just has this wisdom about her," said Columbus softball coach Jamie Wilson. "And when she comes around, there’s just this presence of peace and calmness about her that just really sets the tone for the rest of the team."

And that wisdom translates to the classroom. Nicole is a part of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, the Beta Club and the Relay for Life. She’s taken quite a few AP classes over the years and is holding a 4.26 GPA. The driving force? Take a guess.

"Honestly I wanted to have a better GPA than my sister and I wanted to get as much college credit out of the way as possible," Nicole said. "I’ve always been successful so I thought, why not."

Success that will continue post high school. Nicole will be attending Georgia College & State University where she’ll be studying pediatrics and playing softball– the same team her sister Kristen played for over the last few years.

"It’s awesome," said Nicole. "You go through times where you don’t know if that’s what you want to do but I know right now that that’s what I want to do. I don’t want to finish it after this year."

If you’re an area coach and would like to nominate an athlete for our weekly segment, you can e-mail Jenna Callari at jcallari@wltz.com.

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