Tahlequah’s McKenna Wofford – Athlete Spotlight Presented By Northeastern Health Systems Tahlequah

By Travis Sloat

McKenna Wofford loves to work hard on the softball field as well as in the classroom, and that reflects in some of her accolades. The Tahlequah senior has been a two time academic state champion, first team all stater, district player of the year, and been featured on the Tulsa World team. 

Wofford said it all started when she was seven years old, when she first picked up a glove and ball. 

“I love the game because when I’m on the field I feel like I don’t have to worry about anything except my team,” Wofford said. “I know everyone on the field with me has my back no matter what happens, and I’ll always have family through this game.” 

As much maturity as her attitude reflects, it’s reflected even more in her role as a senior leader for the Tigers. 

“I really enjoy being a leader,” she said. “I try to show the younger players what to do and how to do things instead of just bossing them around. I also try to show them how to be a good student and a good person in general. That’s really important to me.” 

When asked about her free time, Wofford laughed and said she doesn’t have a lot, but when she finds it, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, and do anything that has to do with kids. Her go to app is Instagram. Her favorite classes are being an office aide and her Econ class. 

Wofford said her plans for after high school include getting a degree in nursing from Connors State College, and going on to specialize in pediatrics. 

She said her game day process is simple. 

“It’s really like any other day,” Wofford said. “Except I’m in a much better mood and say ‘It’s game day’ about 35 times.” 

Chris Ray, who coaches the Lady Tigers, said Wofford was a powerful combination for his squad. 

“She’s a versatile defensive player who can hit for both power and average,” he said. “She hit lead off for us last year, and that’s the plan again this year.”