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Brighton’s Shaver improves in all phases to reach dream

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Brighton graduate Morgan Shaver, left, improved her volleyball, basketball and softball skills to earn a college scholarship to play her childhood sport of softball at Dyersburg State.

Brighton graduate Morgan Shaver, left, improved her volleyball, basketball and softball skills to earn a college scholarship to play her childhood sport of softball at Dyersburg State.

For the 2012-13 school year, Brighton High School senior Morgan Shaver was busy.
With the support of her parents Wendy Paul and James Shaver, Morgan was able to maintain solid grades while taking on the challenge of playing varsity volleyball, basketball and softball.
“I would wake up, go to school, practice, go to third period,” Shaver recalled. “I would workout then do an after school workout. Go home, shower then go to sleep. Then repeat everyday.
“I really don’t have a break,” she added. “It’s all back to back to back. When I do have a break, I don’t like to go out and do stuff. I like to just chill and relax and have time to myself.”
Shaver chills with friends like classmate McCallie Ruffin. The senior also played all three sports this year.  Ruffin plans to hang up her cleats and sneakers to attend the University of Tennessee as just a student.
But for Shaver, her love of softball, sparked a desire within her to play at the college level. And earlier this year with teammate Lulu Smith by her side, the duo signed letters of intent to play at Dyersburge State.
“I have a passion for it,” Shaver said. “I love playing sports. That’s the only part of school I look forward to – coming to practice.
“It felt like all of my hard work has paid off,” she noted about her signing. “To see it all come together and have results is special.”
Shaver said her love of sports and playing softball has always been supported by her parents while growing up in Atoka.
“Mom and Dad, they’ve always been there,” she said. “They pick me up when I’m down. They’ll get me to practice all those times. Getting me all the stuff I need for practice. They have been wonderful.
“I can’t remember that far back, but maybe Dad put the bat in my hand,” Shaver added. “I would remember always being in the back yard throwing the ball. Him teaching me how to swing. He actually built a softball field in our back yard. We used to go out there and play.”
That is why softball is her favorite sport playing it most of her life. After two season on the Lady Cardinal Basketball team as a power forward, hoops is Shaver’s second favorite sport. She also played for Brighton Volleyball for two seasons as a hitter.
Each one of Shaver’s coaches said she improved as a player and leader.
“This being my senior year that really did push me to get better,” Shaver said. “I knew this would be my last year to play all three sports. I just tried to make the team better. I played my hardest.”

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