Softball manager grows close with head coach

Senior Abby Sutton developed a bond with head softball coach Jessica DeWild as softball manager

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By Annie Myres

As softball manager, senior Abby Sutton is able to strengthen her relationship with head softball coach Jessica DeWild.

Lexi Flipse, Mill Valley News social media editor

Before and after school, between passing periods and on the softball field, senior Abby Sutton and head softball coach Jessica DeWild find any time they can to chat and catch up with each other. While the conversation varies, the phrase they say to each other in parting, “keep being awesome,” remains the same.  

After Sutton had DeWild for Honors Math III last year, the two became close and this year, Sutton decided to become a softball manager in order to keep in contact with one of her favorite teachers.

“We kind of joked around about it last year and then this year she was like ‘hey, I think I want to be a manager,’” DeWild said.

Prior to Sutton becoming a manager, their time spent together was limited to school hours. Now, they are able to see each other on a near daily basis.

“[Sutton would] pop in and say ‘hi’ in between classes, but since I don’t have her in class this year I didn’t get to spend as much time with her,” DeWild said. “Now that she’s a softball manager, she’s around more often.”

While Sutton helps DeWild and the softball team out by keeping track of team statistics and managing the equipment, DeWild returns the favor by lending an ear and offering help regarding various topics according to Sutton.

“I like that she’s able to relate to everything because she’s young and is able to help with a lot of different topics, even if it’s not school related at all,” Sutton said. “She’s very good at helping me with boys. I tell her everything.”

DeWild agrees that the two are close, and whether it’s on the softball field or in her classroom, she does her best to help Sutton work through any problem.

“We have a good relationship,” DeWild said. “We’ll chat and I’ll try to give her advice about things if I have it.”

When the season comes to a close and Sutton moves to Lawrence to attend the University of Kansas, she says that one of the things she’ll miss most is her time spent with DeWild.

“I’m going to miss seeing her every day and her pep talks before every math test. I’m not going to be far away, so she’ll be one of my top priorities to come visit,” Sutton said. “She’s like an older sister that I see every day.”

Before and after school, between passing periods and on the softball field, senior Abby Sutton and head softball coach Jessica DeWild find any time they can to catch up with each other. While the conversation varies, the phrase they say to each other in parting, “keep being awesome,” remains the same.  

After Sutton had DeWild for Honors Math III last year, the two became close and this year, Sutton decided to become a softball manager in order to keep in contact with one of her favorite teachers.

“We joked around about it last year and then this year she was like ‘hey, i think I want to be a manager,’” DeWild said.

Prior to Sutton becoming a manager, their time spent together was limited to school hours. Now, they are able to see each other on a near daily basis.

“[Sutton would] pop in and say ‘hi’ in between classes, but since I don’t have her in class this year I didn’t get to spend as much time with her,” DeWild said. “Now that she’s a softball manager, she’s around more often.”

While Sutton helps DeWild and the softball team out by keeping track of team statistics and managing the equipment, DeWild returns the favor by lending an ear and offering help regarding various topics.

“I like that she’s able to relate to everything because she’s young and is able to help with a lot of different topics, even if it’s not school related at all, like boys. She’s good at helping me with boys,” Sutton said. “I tell her everything.”

DeWild agrees that the two are close, and whether it’s on the softball field or in her classroom, she does her best to help Sutton work through any problem.

“We have a good relationship,” DeWild said. “We’ll chat and i’ll try to give her advice about things if I have it.”

When the season comes to a close and Sutton moves to Lawrence to attend the University of Kansas, she says that one of the things she’ll miss most is her time spent with DeWild.

“I’m going to miss seeing her everyday and her pep talks before every math test. I’m not going to be far away, so she’ll be one of my top priorities to come visit,” Sutton said. “She’s like an older sister that I see everyday.”

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