Fairland’s Makynzi Jones – Softball Spotlight Presented by Grand Savings Bank

By Ember McElrath

Fifteen year old sophomore Makynzi Jones played in the outfield this past season for Fairland High School Lady Owls. Makynzi started playing when she was around six and her parents signed her up for the sport. She hasn’t looked back since that day. The best part of the sport for Makynzi is the relationships she gets to form.

“Bonding with my teammates,” Makynzi says is her favorite part of the sport she has loved for nearly ten years. 

Softball season just ended for the teen, but she is beyond proud of what her and her team was able to accomplish this season.

“Our season just ended but we as a team, had high expectations and I feel like we met those expectations by winning districts, regional, and making it to the state semifinals,” said Makynzi. Softball has taught Makynzi many great lessons, the best these being to never give up. “Never give up and always give 110 percent in anything you do, hard work pays off.” Makynzi said. 

Makynzie is a member of her school’s basketball team, track, travel softball team, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also a member of the Cherokee Nation. 

Makynzie would love to play softball in college, but she has a great outlook on college ball.

“I would like to play in college, but if it doesn’t happen I will attend college and focus on my education,” Makynzi said. Makynzi plans to attend college and study to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse.