Creek back for another chance

February 13, 2002

Creek back for another chance

Hancock alum takes over softball program

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - When Heather Creek walked off the softball field as a high school player for the last time, her head was bowed, but her spirit was far from broken. Creek, one of several solid players at Hancock during the rennaissance of Washington County softball in the early '90s, had seen her team fall just shy of the dream of a state championship.


But she vowed that if she were ever given another shot in the future, she would to do it again.

The future is suddenly now.

Hancock High School announced Creek as the school's new softball coach on Tuesday, and the 1993 graduate couldn't be happier.

"It is like fullfilling a dream and a committment I made to myself," Creek said. "We fell one bad inning short of a state championship my senior year. I was hurt, but when I looked back, it made me stronger."


Creek was a four-time All-Washington County selection and helped Hancock to its first region title in 1993. She later played at HCC and Shepherd, gaining team player of the year honors once for each school.

She was also an Academic All-American in 1995 for the Hawks.

"That is something I want to impress on the girls who play for me," Creek said. "Softball won't always be there for all of you- but the habits you develop as a student stay with you forever."

And although Creek has an extremely strong competitive nature driving her, her philosophy is one of a teacher first.

"I understood from speaking with the people at Hancock that the team will be young, but they have a good softball background," Creek said. "Everyone has a committment that will eventually ensure the success of the organization. It is my job to see they carry out their committments."

Maybe even that same committment made years ago that brought Creek back to her roots.

"I love this game," Creek said. "This is my chance to give back to a school and a sport that gave so much to me."

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