The 2013 Knoxville Panther bowling team qualified for the state tournament for the first time in school history. The state meet was delayed for three weeks due to inclement winter weather.
The wait was worth the time as the Panthers finished seventh at state. MacKenzie was the lone senior on the state team.
Lisa talked about what her daughter has gone through. “I believe it was God’s plan giving her an opportunity in bowling. She spent 10 years working on softball,” Lisa stated.
In regards to her emotions on the signing, MacKenzie replied, “I want to cry now, It would be both happy and sad tears.”
“I’m done with school and starting to move on to a new chapter in my life. I want to thank Coach Van Wyk for the opportunity,” MacKenzie said.
Lisa stated, “I’m excited for MacKenzie. She’s had a tough time with sports and she’s tried a lot of them, soccer, track, Volleyball, basketball and softball. She is so determined to be the best. Bowling just seemed to be the perfect fit for her.”
MacKenzie’s dad, Trevor added, “I’m excited for her also. She has worked very hard in life and particularly in sports. I had the privilege of coaching her along the way in softball, we have a very close bond.”
Trevor replied, “It’s a sad day for me,” as he was choking back tears.
“It’s also a very happy day,” he commented. “I’ve been there for her all the way and there are many good memories.”
“I really think she’ll go far,” Trevor said.