Student Athlete: Mary Ritter

Student Athlete: Mary Ritter

New Middletown, OH (WYTV) – Springfield’s Mary Ritter is used to setting the bar high…she’s racked up 10 varsity letters in her time with the Tigers. But she’s also involved in the French and Science Clubs, and Treasurer of the National Honor’s Society, all while leading her class with a 4.0 GPA.

Mary is a three sport standout for the Tigers, including the only female competitor on the Cross Country team the past three years.

“I kind of lose some of the distance part of it, going from cross country to basketball and basketball from track,” said Ritter. “But it’s easy to get it back, once you start training for the right sports.”

Mary runs year-around to keep an edge on the competition…and last year, she helped lead the Tigers to an ITCL championship. But as she explains, her efforts might not always show up in the stat sheet.

“For me, the most exciting part, is when not necessarily scoring the basket,” she said. “It’s making the other team, you know turn it over. or forcing a turnover from them.”

It’s safe to say Mary is versatile both on and off he court. She’s been playing piano since the second grade, and recently received Superior Ratings by the National Piano Guild. That kind of concentration even helps her play on the court.

“Piano helps with the memorization a lot, the plays,” Ritter explained. “You don’t have to be thinking during a game. like, oh where do i go now? You know where to go, you don’t have to think about it.”

That thought-out approach extends to the classroom and beyond…but it all starts out with one thing.

“You have to have good time management,” she said. “There’s a lot of stuff that goes on during the day. You have to make sure everything has a certain time for it to get done.”


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