#11 - Kate Anderson
The reason being is that there are really a solid number of female athletes in this class - such as the case with this Girls Soccer forward. If you haven't noticed in each year I've done this, it is dominated with guys - reason being is that Football which rosters 70+ normally on the team in addition to all the other sports. The Girls biggest roster size in a single sport usually comes in Soccer (20-ish) or Girls Track.
Now, Anderson here is one of the main forwards for Oxford in Girls Soccer. She was 2nd on the team in shots taken. If you read last week, I said that finishing shots will be a big reason why Oxford can be playing soccer in February. The team is doing everything right in winning a soccer game (playing good defense, good goalkeeping, not fouling, keeping possession, making good passes, taking shots), but the only thing they are not doing which is more vital than any of the other things needed to win is putting the ball between the posts and underneath the crossbar. It has just been frustrating all the way around and really didn't need to be reiterated again to anyone involved in this program.
Anderson will also be a leader in Girls Cross Country this season in getting the girls to be back on top. She finished just outside the Top 25 in last year's 5A State Meet but broke the 18 minute mark at the Pontotoc Invite last year. Although Oxford has won 8 Championships in Girls Cross Country (2nd most number of championships in a single sport for OHS behind Tennis), none have been won since 2000.
Anderson will also be a big part of the Girls Track team in the 800 meter run. She helped give Oxford 5 points in the State Meet last year with a 4th place finish after not making the meet the year before. Hopefully it will be a banner year this upcoming year.
**Editor's Note: This is the ninth of 12 Dandy Dozen Seniors I am releasing which will be done every Friday. They will be done AT RANDOM until the top two are released. You can see a schedule of which number will be released next HERE. #7 will be released next week.