Being a catcher is not easy, but Noxapater senior Emily Mills has played that position for the Tigers since she was in the seventh grade.
"Emily's a hard-worker, and she does a great job catching," said Noxapater softball coach Jodie Duran. "That's a hard job. It's not so bad in the Winter time during fast pitch, but when it's 95 degrees outside in August, she's still doing it."
And Mills has done that job well. She's been named All-Division and was voted the league's best defensive player last season. And yet, it's the relationships she holds with teammates that make a game she's played since she was four years old so enjoyable.
"You just get really close to the people that you're with because we spend basically six months of the year together," said Mills. "So I just really have gotten closer to those people."
Mills has become close with teammates, because she doesn't have many opportunities to have fun. Long nights that combine softball and school work have made her Noxapater's top-ranked senior.
When she does have free time, she's singing.
"Me and another student here competed in the Beta Club Talent Show a few years ago, and we actually made the top eight."
On that night in Tupelo, in front of over 500 people, Mills sang a tune from her favorite artist: Adele.
"I like the Adele [music] that most people don't hear. Not the maistream Adele, but whenever she covers Bob Dylan."
With talents such as hers, no one should be surprised that someone like Emily Mills is part of this year's WTOK All-Scholastic team.