By Kyle LoJacono
Land O’ Lakes resident Carly Clark was named to her second all-star game of the school year for her work on the field at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Mass.
Clark, 18, was named an all star during the soccer season, and followed that up with a softball nomination at the end of the school year. She was a four-year starter for both sports.
“Really, it was the perfect way for me to end my time playing at Miss Hall’s,” Clark said. “It was the first time I’d made it for any sport, and then I got picked for softball and soccer. I really wanted to make it for softball because it’s by favorite sport.”
She is one of four students from the all-girls boarding school to make an all-star roster this spring, according to school spokesman David Smith.
Clark was named to the New England Prep School Softball Association (NEPSSA) all-star roster with teammate Sarah Ward. Coaches in the NEPSSA vote on who they believe deserve to play in the game.
Clark played third base for the first time this year after spending the previous three seasons as a catcher. She posted a .500 batting average with a team-leading 21 runs scored and 12 steals.
“I was a little nervous at first because I’d only played catcher,” Clark said. “My coach (Matthew Ward) worked with me because we lost a lot of good infielders from the year before. It was kind of exciting to play another position. I saw the game completely differently than at catcher.”
Clark was also recently given the Sylvia “Rusty” Shethar Everdell ’38 Prize during the Miss Hall’s 113th commencement ceremony. The honor is awarded annually to the student who demonstrates “an extraordinary desire to develop her natural athletic talents through competition, an ability to achieve goals through perseverance and, most importantly, the willingness to assume risks when faced with a challenge,” according to Smith.
Clark said she wants to walk on to play softball while attending Austin College in Texas. She plans on studying either physiology or sports medicine.
Miss Hall’s has 180 students from 15 states and 14 countries. For more information on the school, call (413) 443-6401 or visit www.misshalls.org.
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