Midterm, Spring Break and the Commemoration of Katie Meyer

Hello Wildcat Fans,

Last week was a stressful week for the athletes due to the mid-races. We all had to take exams throughout the week, followed by a five game weekend.

I am a business major, currently in my second year, working on my prerequisites. In the team we have a wide variety of majors. Most players are psychology or communications majors, but we also have sports broadcasting, education, English, and business majors.

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School can be demanding, especially during softball season. I had three tough intermediate exams last week for Business Communications, Accounting, and Analytics. Having several half-terms followed by a long weekend of hard-fought games was physically and mentally demanding and I’m so glad we have a week off from school. I’m also happy to have two less classes from now on because they were half-semester classes.

We’ll still have a busy schedule this week, playing two double-headers in six games, but this bye week gives us the opportunity to focus fully on the games while still being able to spend time together as a team. This week we will be going out to dinner as a team for the first time since the start of the season.

Last week we lost a member of the Pac-12 family. My teammates and I were devastated to hear the news of Katie Meyer. This is a tragedy and on behalf of the Arizona softball team, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Meyer family, friends and Stanford community.

Katie is commemorated by the college athletic community in several ways. A member of our team, Allie Skaggsstarted bandaging his wrists before games with Katie KM’s initials written on them in his memory, which spread to other members of our team.

It also sparked a conversation about other ways to commemorate Katie in the future. It’s great to see the support for Katie across the country and the spread of mental health awareness. Mental health is an important part of athletics, and I’m glad to see the trend in college athletics to take the mental health of athletes more seriously. I am grateful to have a staff invested in the mental health of their athletes, who provide constant access to mental health experts for all athletes.

Athletics is much more than playing a game. A crucial part of any sport, which is often overlooked, is the mental aspect. Supporting athletics also means supporting the mental health of athletes and the support and love received from the Wildcat community is greatly appreciated.

Carlie Scupin is a standout first baseman with the Arizona Wildcats under a new coach Caitlin Lowe. She’s a Tucsonan native recruited by a legendary trainer Mike Candrea since she was in college. She is a 2020 graduate of Tucson High School. Last season as a rookie, Scupin was a Pac-12 All-Freshman selection and an NFCA All-West Region third-team pick. As a junior at Tucson High, she was named 2019 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. She was also selected to the USA Today All-America second team in 2019. She hit 44 homers while hitting .623 during her high school career, which cut her 2020 senior season short due to COVID-19.