Student-Athlete Spotlight: Softball player hard to beat

Katie Dack-Howell is team leader for Rock Canyon


Junior Katie Dack-Howell has been a catcher the past three seasons for the Rock Canyon softball team and is finally getting comfortable with her leadership duties.

The catcher who attends Lutheran High School has a lot of physical responsibilities, but she also has had to be a leader to make sure everybody in the infield is aware of the situation and the outfielders are in position before a pitch.

It took a while to develop the necessary leadership qualities.

“I've improved a lot mentally, like leading and all that stuff,” saidd Dack-Howell. “It was hard. It took some getting used to. I came in as a freshman and there were seniors playing in the field and I'm directing them. That was kind of weird. As time went on I got used to it. I like being a leader, seeing what everybody does and encouraging people.”

Dack-Howell's leadership is visible this season in the Continental League statistics as she leads many of the batting categories.

“The ball doesn't seem any bigger,” said Dack-Howell. “Everything just slows down at that moment. I see the ball and hit it.”

Key stats

After 16 games, Dack-Howell led the Continental League in batting average (.600), home runs (nine), slugging percentage (1.380), RBIs (37) and on-base percentage (.683).

Coach's take:

`She is the 100% package since she came in here on day one. She is an extremely capable player As a leader she is more calm, her presence is better and she does a better job of relating to her teammates and getting them to play at their best.'

Mike Desimone,

Rock Canyon girls softball coach

Q&A with Dack-Howell

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Nolan Arenado. He is just so amazing. He is so good. I aspire to be that good when I'm older. It seems effortless for him sometimes. It's insane.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

My family and teammates. I want to do good for my family and my teammates.

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

Providing hits, providing anything for the team and not making a mistake, a mental error or making a physical error and just being able to perform.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Math. I just like it a lot and it's fun to think through things.

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

I like to go hiking with my family and I like to go sledding.

What are your plans after high school?

Committed to Texas A&M to play softball.

What is your favorite movie?

“Benchwarmers.” I just love it. It brings in my love for softball, sports and it is funny,

What is your favorite song?

I have a ton of favorite songs. I can't pick one but I love music.


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