Sequoyah Softball Player earns All-State title

Tahlequah, Oklahoma (ICC) 12-07

A Sequoyah Schools senior has been named as the school’s first All-State fast-pitch softball player. Lorin Hammer, third baseman for the Sequoyah softball team, received notification that she qualified for the All-State title and all of the rewards that go along with it.

“Lorin just got better and better each year,” said Jeff Turtle, Sequoyah softball coach. “She became a leader both on and off the field and did things right.”

Lorin’s efforts helped lead her team to a 36 win and 7 loss season that ended in the last round of regional play.

“I didn’t really expect it,” Hammer said. “I just played my best at every game. I was pretty excited.”

“She plays hard every game,” Turtle said. “She’s the best we’ve ever had here.”

Hammer was also named to the Muskogee Phoenix All-Phoenix fast-pitch softball team. She also plays slow-pitch softball, golf and basketball for Sequoyah.

“Lorin is an all-around good student,” said Gina Stanley, Sequoyah Schools superintendent. “She works very hard at everything that she does and is a great ambassador for our school.”

She is also involved in National Honor Society, Students Working against Tobacco (SWAT), and is the president of the senior class.

Hammer will be honored at the All-State awards banquet on Friday, June 13, 2008, at the Clarion Convention Center in Oklahoma City where she will receive an All-State ring and a traditional, blue and gold All-State jacket. The following day, June 14, Hammer will play in the annual All-State fast-pitch softball game, as a utility player, at the University of Oklahoma softball stadium.

She is the daughter of Dewayne and Shelia Hammer of Stilwell and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She plans to major in sports medicine after graduating from Sequoyah.

Sequoyah Schools, a boarding school for Native American students, originated in 1871 as an orphan asylum to care for many children orphaned by the Civil War. Now, it is known as Sequoyah Schools, named for Sequoyah, a scholar who developed the Cherokee syllabary. It is regionally and state accredited for grades 7-12 and has become the school of choice for more than 400 high school students every year. For more information call (918) 453-5400.