Female Athlete of the Month: Maddie Davis

Maddie Davis.

By Balinda Zimmerman
Madeleine (Maddie) Davis was born at in Ann Arbor in July of 2000 to Jamie and Ben Davis. She is the youngest of her family and has four siblings, Adam (30), Abbee (28), Emily (26) and Grant (24).
Maddie has lived in Milan all of her life and gone to school here since kindergarten. Her dad was a college swimmer at Western Kentucky University, her brother Adam played basketball, Abbee played soccer, and Grant ran track.
Maddie has participated in Softball, Swimming, Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball and Track from Kindergarten to present. She began with T-ball on the Milan Rec League, went to swimming at age 7, and participated in cross-country in 6th-8th grades. At MMS she also went out for track, basketball and volleyball. 
By the time she reached MMS she knew she loved softball and wanted to continue playing indefinitely. She began playing travel softball at age 11 on the 12U Queens of Diamonds where she stayed four years. She then transferred to Ypsi Elite who later became Milan Matrix in 2016.  She is currently in her second year with Intruders Fast Pitch out of Willis, Michigan.
Maddie played MHS volleyball her freshman and sophomore years but during softball season of her sophomore year she tore her ACL. It was Mother’s Day, May of 2016, at the Birch Run tournament in the game just prior to the Championship. Maddie left the field as a winner, in spite of having to sit out the Championship game. She was named All League 2nd Team 2017 and All Huron League Conference 2017. In addition to being an outstanding athlete, Maddie was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2017, and was named Scholar Athlete for 2016.
Her current GPA is 3.6 and she studies Pre-Calc, Pottery, Art, and Photography. She is also participating in the Milan Senior Wing where she just finished her C-Span project on her favorite Constitutional Amendment and what it means to her. She took Consortium classes during 2016-17 studying to be a teacher increasing her credits total and says, “for my first three years of high school I took non-elective courses so I could relax a little more during my senior year.” 
Maddie has had a few very difficult months after losing her father in November of 2017. She and her dad talked softball all the time and she felt he was her biggest motivator. She explained that she was close to her mom but she and her Dad had a special bond. He took her to her tournaments and was there for her at the end of every game. Her Dad was very proud of her softball dedication and her academic accomplishments. Because he was a college athlete, he understood the need to let her make her own decisions about her athletics. He taught her how to better handle the stress of being an athlete while maintaining the grades.
In the past, Maddie had complained about hard practices and sometimes even just going to practices but since her ACL accident, she appreciates every little thing she is able to do with softball and the fact she can even play. She is not sure if she will play college ball but from a youngster her goal was to attend a Top Ten College so she is shooting for Michigan State.
Balinda Zimmerman is owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and a freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. She can be reached at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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