Senior Ali Moore has been a member of Lakeville North's softball team since her freshman year. She just hasn't played as much as she expected the past two seasons.
Moore has had a run of unfortunate luck that has caused her to relinquish her role as an outfielder for the Panthers.
In February 2011, Moore slipped walking to her car and dislocated her left shoulder. She tore the labrum and rotator cuff and had to undergo surgery, causing her to miss her entire junior year. Moore became a manager to remain part of the team.
She took to the diamond again in June, and was feeling as good as ever. Then in August, she was taking off her jersey and dislocated her right shoulder. She had a slight tear in the labrum, but didn't need surgery.
That was until two months later when she dislocated it again while taking her backpack off her back. She had to undergo the same surgery on her right side that she had on her left. The road to recovery has been longer this time since she throws righthanded.
"As captain of the team, I do everything I can to motivate everyone on the bench as well as keep stats," Moore said.
Here is a closer look at Moore:
The best movie I've seen in the last year? "Bridesmaids."
Three songs I never skip on my iPod are ...? "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes; "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber; "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye.
Three words my friends or teammates might use to describe me? Caring; positive; funny.
When did you get started playing softball? I have played softball my whole life and I have always wanted to play in high school. I used to be a dancer, but I quit sophomore year to join the speech team.
At my first varsity practice, I felt ... overwhelmed, but honored to be a part of it.
What is your most memorable moment as a high school athlete? When I looked around at my team this year and I realized I made the right choice to not quit softball after two shoulder surgeries, because I love my team so much. Even though this might not be seen as an ideal situation, I know everything happens for a reason and I am just glad I get to be part of a truly amazing team, playing the sport that I love.
How difficult has it been for you to cope with both situations? The first time I had a surgery I was devastated, but I knew if I worked hard in rehab I could come back strong my senior year. So when senior year came along and it happened again, words can't describe how upset I was. The doctors told me there was a slim-to-none chance that I would be able to play in my senior year season. I struggled with the decision to still be a part of the team, knowing how hard it was to watch everyone else play the game that I love.
If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be? That people wouldn't get caught up in all the politics.
In 10 years, I hope I'm ... graduated and a practicing lawyer somewhere.
What is the best sports advice you ever received? Don't let your successes get to your head, or your failures get to your heart.