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By Chris Chandler

Tiffany Spears reminds her daughter Zoë, “You get what you work for; not what you wish for.”

Anyone who knows Zoë Spears will tell you she’s taken her mother’s words to heart. “My mom is someone that I have always looked up to. She works really hard, she’s one of my biggest supporters, and (she) always pushes me to have good character both on and off the field.”

Work is no stranger to Zoë; the Wright City senior plays both softball and basketball, maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA, and volunteers her time helping coach little league softball. She says coaching is by no means a one-way street when it comes to imparting knowledge. “I have a two-year-old little sister, and I know one day when she is older and into sports, she will look for positive role models to help guide her. You end up learning more from the younger kids while coaching them than you expect.”

Basketball is Spears favorite sport and her favorite moment thus far was her Lady Jax beating Haworth in a hotly contested game to claim the district championship at Wynnewood last spring. “Our crowd cheering us on and the team coming together as one resulted in us taking the victory. Teamwork is my favorite part of the game. The success of the team depends on the effort of each and every member.”

Wright City head softball coach Clay Alford praises not only Spears’ ability, but her attitude as well. “(Zoë) is a returning starter, has many leadership qualities and will play a big part in our 2020-21 squad. She’s a member of several on-campus groups, including student council.”

Zoë intends to attend college and graduate with a degree in Business and Marketing. Her immediate plans, however, are centered around her senior year. “I want to have fun, work hard and be the positive role model that younger kids need. Make this last year (at Wright City High School) the best and most memorable year yet.”

The positive role model then gives this advice for success to younger athletes: “Grades! School work always comes first. Then, attitude. Attitude on and off the court or field shows your true value as a person. Remember that playing sports is not an easy road but is well worth it in the end. It takes dedication, discipline and commitment to yourself and your team to be successful.”

Spears has firsthand experience with sports not always being an easy road. She had a shoulder subluxation last year, which she describes as “my biggest challenge by far.” She has undergone months of physical therapy and conditioning. “I did get back in the gym lifting weights and doing workouts as soon as possible. I’m (still) not 100% but plan on giving my all to make this my most successful year.’

Spears wants to be remembered as someone who kept her team’s morale up even when the odds were not in their favor. She wants to encourage her teammates and pick them up when they fall down. “As a senior, I believe my biggest role is in motivation and being a positive leader. I have to set a positive path for the freshmen. We have several new faces this year but I’m certain with hard work, plenty of larger schools will remember who the Lady Jax are!”

Foremost among those memories of the Lady Jax will be a recollection of Zoë Spears, the positive-minded senior who never stopped leading and never stopped working.

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