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DPS Office of Athletics
Sannia Walls, a four-year varsity starter, is leading Denby High’s pitch to contend for the Detroit Public School League girls’ softball championship.
“That’s what we’re striving for,’’ said Walls, the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “We’re looking forward to playing for the championship. But we’re taking it game by game. That’s really all you can do.”
Walls’ pitching has been the catalyst in Denby fashioning a 5-0 league record which led the PSL East Division entering Monday’s game against 3-0 Cass Tech, last year’s PSL runners-up.
Even more than her pitching, Walls said the team’s positive attitude adjustment has been responsible for Coach Ivan King’s Lady Tars’ emergence as a title contender.
“Nobody was serious last year, but that’s not the case this year,’’ she said. “I think it started with a game last year against King. We were ahead by quite a few runs, but we just fell apart and ended up losing that game even though we were the better team. I’m the captain and everybody says I’m mean now because I tell them about themselves if I see them joking around. All of our team came back this year, so I knew we would be better as long as we took every game seriously.”
In only her second year on the mound, Walls, a 5-2 senior, has successfully switched positions after starting her first two seasons at catcher.
“I enjoy pitching because I’m in control of the game now,’’ she said. “I took some pitching lessons in between school years and that has really helped me. Now that I have the experience, I feel a lot more comfortable.”
A three-sport star, Walls also started for the Lady Tars’ volleyball team and basketball team. She has a 3.1 grade point average and has been accepted at Michigan State University where she plans to major in criminal justice.”
“I want to settle down and concentrate on my studies in college, but if the chance comes to play sports on scholarship, I’ll take it,’’ she said. “I plan to be a police officer for a few years and eventually become an FBI agent.”
She’ll be leaving Denby with lasting memories and the satisfaction that she left her mark, including her All-City selection last year.
“The highlight of my career has been getting recognition,” she said. “Everybody knows that I’m part of the sports scene and that I made a difference here. I feel I’m appreciated. I’m truly going to miss this part of my life, but I’m looking forward to the future.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys and girls athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored for the third year in a row by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators