This week's Athlete of the Week is Auburn High's Mackenzie Jordan, a senior on the Tigers' softball team.
Auburn Villager: What position do you play?
Mackenzie Jordan: Second base.
AV: When did you get your start playing softball?
MJ: Since I was a little girl, like 4 or 5 started playing tee-ball, and then after that started playing softball.
AV: What drew you to playing softball?
MJ: Well, both my parents. My mom played softball, and my dad played baseball, and my older brother plays baseball as well, so I guess just my family.
AV: What do you like most about playing softball?
MJ: My teammates and my coaches. They're the best friends that I could ask for.
AV: What's the most challenging part about playing?
MJ: The most challenging part is probably how time consuming it is. As a senior this year, it's kind of hard just because there are grad parties and there might be other things that I might want to do, but I have a commitment to softball. And I still have fun, but it's just hard when I have to miss parties that all my friends are going to for practice on a weekend.
AV: What's it been like to step into a larger leadership role as a senior?
MJ: It's really fun actually just because there's a lot of us. There's nine seniors, so all of us have a little part in the leadership. It's been really fun because we're super close, especially with the younger girls, too.
AV: How's the season going so far?
MJ: It's going pretty well. We've had some ups and downs, but we're about to enter playoffs, so we're really excited.
AV: Did you have any role models in softball growing up?
MJ: Not when I was young. I guess my brother as a role model, but not really in softball. But when I was in the softball program at Auburn High School, it was like Katherine Smith, Caty Marine, the girls that were three years older than me. So I really looked up to them.
AV: How did they help you out?
MJ: They really just taught me how to be a great person on the softball field as well — softball is not just about softball. It's like the love you give to others on the field
AV: As a senior, do you know what you want to do yet after you graduate?
MJ: I'm going to Auburn University just as a student, not to play softball. I'm planning to go into financing or something like that. I'm not really sure what I want to do.
AV: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?
MJ: Nothing really specific. I kind of just do tons of little things.
AV: In general, are you excited about graduating?
MJ: Yes, I am. I am excited about graduation. I'm really excited to go to college and just meet all new people and be immersed into this new community.
Interview by Brian Woodham