Jeannette's Redman hopes Lady Jayhawks keep making music in standings
Jeannette High School senior Monique Redman expects to hear this week if she's been accepted into the music program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania — she auditioned as a singer earlier this month.
In the meantime, she and her fellow Lady Jays are tearing it up on the softball field. For an athlete who played five sports in her senior year, this is quite a way to go out.
Her softball career began as a youngster on the T-ball field and then she started playing “for real” at age 8.
“I like being part of a team,” she said. “All of my friends do it and this is the (most fun) season. It's the atmosphere and not necessarily trying to be the best, just trying to have fun.”
Basketball is her favorite sport, but softball has become her favorite season.
Having fun is certainly a part of this season so far for the girls and Redman said the team is doing so well she believes they can win a championship.
“Last year we were good, but this year we're really good. We all get along on the team and it's really a team thing. Everyone counts on each other. It helps that we're winning,” she said, with a laugh.
This year, the team's head coach is a familiar face in a new role — Zac Karas, who was an assistant last year is now head coach. The team also has a new pitching and assistant coach in Erica Bartholow.
“They're both really good. They work really well together,” said Redman. “They do what's best for the team and they're flexible with the lineup. They take into consideration what you're happy doing.”
For example, Redman has played at catcher since freshman year but there are younger girls on the team who want a shot at that position. So Redman has offered to play in the outfield from time to time to give the players who will still be here next year a chance.
“Usually upper-classmen play but this year the under-classmen have really stepped up and are trying to bring something to the table. Everyone enjoys being on the team this year.”
This season, her last as a Jayhawk, Redman has a few goals. She would like to get her batting average “above average,” she wants the team to go to the playoffs and hopes to go as far as possible.
“It's my last season, I want to go out with a bang. It hasn't hit me yet, I'm just going through the motions. When it's all over and next year I'm not playing a sport I'll probably worry about not having (too much) to do.”
Earlier this year, Redman had considered trying to get a scholarship to play basketball but now she's thinking she'll probably just play intramural sports instead.
“Music majors are busy and we need to take regular classes and music classes. I like being busy, I need it to get motivated.”
At this point, her sole focus in choosing a school is their music program.
She hopes to study vocal performance and maybe play the clarinet in the marching band. Ultimately, she has decided, she would like to become a music teacher.
“This year I got drum major and that kicked it into high gear. I like to help people. And, I did five surveys (to find out which job would be best for me) and all of them said to be a teacher.”
She's ready to move on to the next step in her life, but her mother, Mary Redman, is getting emotional as her oldest prepares to leave the nest.
“My mom is a mess, crying all the time,” Redman said, with a laugh. “I want to thank my mother for putting up with all the stress from all of my activities. I want to thank my coaches for making my senior year memorable. And I want to thank my little brother, Swade Redman, for always keeping me on top of things.”
Redman is the daughter of Mary and the late Richard Redman.
Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-838-5154.