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DPS Office of Athletics
On a team void of senior leadership, junior captain Tierra Traylor sets the tone for Cass Tech High’s girls’ softball team.
“She’s definitely our leader both on and off the field,” Lady Technicians coach Julie Schneider said of Traylor, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “Without her leadership, we wouldn’t be the team we are. She pushes herself and everyone else to get better.”
Traylor, in her third season on the varsity and second as the starting shortstop, is batting .411 as the lead off hitter and has sparked her team to the verge of capturing the outright PSL East Division title. The Lady Technicians (7-0 in the league, 9-4 overall) would clinch first with a victory in the final regular-season game against Crockett.
Being named PSLer of the Week is icing on the cake for Taylor. The season could be sweeter only if Cass Tech manages to win the league championship.
“I’m really excited,’’ Traylor said. “I’ve never been honored for anything in DPS, so this means a lot. I’m proud to be captain of this team and to be able to keep us playing together and united as a team.”
Traylor also plays volleyball at Cass Tech and she draws on her experience of having played a variety of sports to be an effective leader.
“I participate in a lot of sports — soccer, gymnastics, cheer leader, volleyball, track and field, cross country – and you always want to try to be the best you can,’’ she said. “It takes a lot to want to be a leader and I’m proud to have that role.
“It’s really important to keep everybody focused and on task. A lot of times people get distracted or have other things in their minds. When they make a mistake, you have to just bring them back to the game and let them know that everything is okay.”
An excellent student with a 3.58 grade point average, Traylor plans to parlay her softball prowess into a college scholarship. She wants to be a professional pilot and plans to major in either aeronautical engineering or business management.
“I’ve been playing softball on summer traveling teams since the sixth grade and I really want to continue to build my strength and ability,” she said. “My goal is to get a scholarship and play at a D-1 (Division 1) school.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes and is sponsored by Detroit area McDonald’s owner-operators