Destiny Dill: A League of Her Own
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Some athletes go their entire high school careers without ever winning a state championship. Some are able to achieve one or get lucky and leave with a couple.
As for Destiny Dill, she finished her athletic career at Neshoba Central with a total of 18 state titles.
“I was just like ‘Oh my goodness this is a lot’ but I was ready. Every single time,' Dill said. “I just have the greatest teammates and every time we were in a position to go win a state title everybody was motivated. It wasn’t just one person that wanted it, it was more like a team effort.”
Dill had her first taste of winning a state title in seventh grade when she was called up to compete with varsity during the slow pitch softball season.
“I was with them for half the season and went to a state championship with them,” Dill recalled. “It was a really fun experience getting to experience something like that so young and be part of a team that won a state championship.”
After her seventh grade season, Dill became part of the softball dynasty at Neshoba Central. Her and her teammates won state championships year-after-year in both slow pitch and fast pitch softball and even won a national championship for fast pitch in 2018.
While Destiny was heavily involved in softball, it wasn’t the only sport she competed in. While she won 12 state titles between slow pitch and fast pitch softball, she also won 5 championships in bowling and one in cheer.
Dill shared that as she began to win more and more state rings, people started recognizing her accomplishments.
“I mean, it gives you bragging rights but I don’t really like to brag about it,” Dill said. “I just always say that I’m blessed to be able to have this talent and to be part of a school and a team that likes to win and is always motivated to go and get what they want.”
Dill said she was motivated by her teammates to always want to win, but her coaches will say she was the one encouraging others to always go out and give it their all.
“She was a hard worker. She was a good teammate, always encouraging kids and the other players,” new Neshoba Central head soccer coach Zachary Sanders said. “She was a great cheerleader in the dugout in the beginning and throughout her whole career. Always encouraging and just a really good teammate.”
While Dill will certainly be remembered at Neshoba Central for her athletic achievements, she hopes more than anything to be remembered for her character.
“When people see my face I want them to see a motivating girl who always wants to do better, always wants to teach people and be a leader to others,” Dil said. “That’s all I want them to see me as is a good person.”
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