Makynsie Tuttle won’t stop short in school

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Makynsie Tuttle is a recent graduate from Winters High School and was a four year, three sport student athlete. Tuttle played softball, volleyball and basketball. Over the past four years at WHS, she maintained a 3.9 GPA. At the Senior Awards Night Tuttle was named the Female Senior Athlete of the Year. “Softball is my favorite sport, I feel that I sync with it the best,” Tuttle said. “With Coach Kevin Goodner I started as a freshman and learned how to play at the high school level and at a level of higher intensity, being on the varsity team.”  Tuttle played varsity softball throughout high school. She began her high school career with Coach Goodner. In her Sophomore year Tuttle got a new coach, Rick Carner. When Carner took over he continued to enforce the fundamentals of the sport and took the team one step higher. Carner saw potential in Tuttle and put her in a position she had not been not playing where he believed he would excel. Tuttle started as first baseman and would move up to a second baseman in her sophomore and junior year. Carner used the second base position to train Tuttle to play shortstop. In her senior year, Tuttle found that shortstop was her favorite position on the field.  “I was more comfortable and I had more room to dive for the ball,” said Tuttle. “Rick taught me to be the shortstop I am today. He started me at second base to learn the fundamentals of the infield and then he moved me to shortstop.”   While on the varsity softball team Tuttle played in 85 games, earning an overall batting average of .419. In her senior year alone Tuttle batting average was a .500. In the last four years she had 78 hits with an on base percentage of .536, with 51 runs and 31 RBIs. Tuttle lettered all four years while playing on the varsity softball team. In addition, Tuttle has been named all league all four years and was awarded the Athlete Scholar Award. Tuttle was also asked to play in the Optimist All-Star softball game at Capitol Christian, in which she represented WHS, her team and her coach. Tuttle shared an important life lesson she learned, which became her favorite memory of the team: “The team itself, even if they lost a game, the girls were able to walk away with their spirits still held high,” she said.  Tuttle played on the Junior Varsity volleyball team for her first two years of high school. During that time Tuttle learned the basics and found a love for the game. When Tuttle was a junior she moved up the varsity team. In her senior year Tuttle played setter and outside hitter. Tuttle played a total of 66 games during her time on the Varsity team. Throughout her volleyball career she earned two junior varsity and two varsity letters.  On Friday nights in the fall season, when not on the volleyball court for a game or practice, Tuttle could be found on the football field recording stats for the varsity football team.  In the winter season Tuttle spent her time on the hardwood on the basketball team. In Tuttle’s freshman year she played on the junior varsity basketball team with Coach Tom Crisp. In her first year she learned the fundamentals of basketball, along with the importance of building character and integrity. At the end of the basketball season of her freshman year Tuttle was awarded the Coaches’ Award, along with her junior varsity letter. In Tuttle’s next three years of basketball, she took the court with the varsity basketball team under Coach Matt Cooley. On the varsity team Tuttle played the position of outside shooter. At the end of her senior year she was awarded the Senior Athlete Award. On the varsity team with Cooley, Tuttle learned that winning isn’t everything. Cooley also emphasized that the girls should love each other and play well with their teammates. On the varsity basketball team Tuttle played a total of 63 games, scoring 180 points. Tuttle had 26 offensive rebounds and 83 defensive, for a total of 109 rebounds. In these three years with the varsity basketball team, Tuttle received her letter all three years and was named All-League two years in a row.  At the Annual Senior Awards ceremony Tuttle received two scholarship awards. Along with the scholarships she also received the Arts and Ceramics Award, California Scholarship Federation lifetime Membership Award and lettered in academics for the fall of 2018, as well as her other three years. Tuttle also received the Career Ready Certificate.   After high school Tuttle will attend California State University Fullerton. where she plans to study Nursing. At this time Tuttle does not plan to continue with sports in college, but she is looking forward to an occasional intramural games and watching the teams of a division one college compete at the NCAA level. ]]>

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