Panama’s Krista Dotson – Athlete of the Month Presented By Tote-A-Poke

By Derrick Smith

Success is something that everyone strives for in life. But only the ones that are willing to work for it will achieve it. That is true for athletics as well. If you want to hoist a championship trophy, you have to put in a lot of work before game day.

Panama High School freshman, Krista Dotson, knows you have to work to earn the reward. “It takes giving one hundred percent,” she said. “You have to give it all you have both on and off the field. It doesn’t matter if it is school practice, travel ball, or during private lessons. There is also a lot of practice at home.”

Dotson is a member of the Lady Razorbacks softball team, where she pitches and plays shortstop. She has played softball for five years. She also plays for the school’s basketball team. Along with her sports, Krista is also a member of the Future Farmers of America program.

There have been many influences on Krista’s softball career, but two people ahve made the biggest impact. “Wes Tackett was my softball coach my first two years,” she said. “He taught me so much in those two years that no one had expected of me on the field before. I also look up to Sydney Romero because she always has a good attitude and she is a really good softball player. Also, she plays for the University of Oklahoma and that is my dream right now.”

The highlight moments of Dotson’s career came during her eighth grade season. “That year, I hit a grandslam against Cameron,” she stated. “My other favorite moment was hitting a homerun off of a bunt against Heavner. Both were really awesome moments for me and my team.”