Hollie Wood: Pryor Athlete of the Month – Presented by Rhett Minson State Farm

 State Farm Rhett Minson

By Derrick Smith

There are many different things that help an athlete succeed. It can be hard work, determination, coaching, or other things. For Pryor High School senior Hollie Wood, she says it has been because of the girls she shares the court with.

“My teammates are one of the main reasons I have been successful in basketball,” Wood said. “They are the best teammates and they are also my best friends. Being surrounded by them makes me better on and off the court. Also, my coaches have pushed me and taught me to be a leader for my team and most importantly, they always remind me to play for God because He is so much bigger than any game.”

Hollie plays varsity basketball and soccer for the Lady Tigers. She has been playing since the second grade.

Currently, the Lady Tigers basketball team is ranked at number four in Class 5A, with record of 7-2. Hollie says that she is proud of the contribution she has been able to add to the team’s success.

“This season has been tough on the offensive side for me, but I feel like it has been really successful on the defensive end.”

Hollie Wood

Hollie says her grandfather, Roger Ragland, who passed away in October of 2016, was  the biggest role model in her life.

“He loved the Lord with all of his heart,” she said. “I strive to be as kind and hardworking as he always was.”

Her Chemistry teacher has made a big impact on her life also, says Wood.

“My favorite teacher is coach Danny Callison,” she said. “He has taught me so many life lessons, probably more than I will ever want or need.”

Outside of athletics, Wood says she is involved in a variety of other groups.

“I am also involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Backpack Club, Student Council, Mid America Youth Marketing Team, Native American Heritage Club, Junior City Council , Senior Class Vice President, I am the secretary of Interact, and I coach a Boys & Girls basketball team.”

Hollie says she plans to attend college after graduation, but she is not sure where or what degree she is going to pursue.

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