Chickasha’s Allyson Arthur – Athlete of the Month Presented by Bank of Commerce

By John Tranchina

She’s just a freshman, but Allyson Arthur has a lot going on in her life, not the least of which is a key role on the Chickasha High School fast-pitch softball squad.

In addition to playing left field for the Fighting Chicks, helping them to a turnaround season, Arthur is also busy with showing steers in the FFA (Future Farmers of America), as well as participating in the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).  “Very busy,” she confirmed. “It keeps me focused. I might be tired at the end of the day, but better busy than sitting at home doing nothing.”

On the softball diamond, Arthur helped Chickasha finish the regular season with an impressive 22-9 record, good for third place in District 4A-2, heading into the Class 4A regional playoffs. That represents a big turnaround after the Fighting Chicks were just 3-23 last year.

Getting used to the high school game has been a bit of an adjustment for Arthur, but she has made a smooth transition. “Having a chance to be good with the team was pretty cool,” she said, citing some of the challenges and some of the positives. “The first couple of games were kind of a lot different from junior high ball. The crowd was a lot bigger and having pitchers way faster, (with more) movement, and having girls older than you, (but also) your team always there for you as a big family, getting along with everyone.” 

Arthur put a lot of work in during the summer and after her travel ball season (with the Oklahoma Athletics Premier 16U team) on her hitting and it has been paying off. “I’ve done a lot better hitting the ball, seeing it, a lot better than it was in junior high and travel ball,” said Arthur, who also participated in basketball and track and field in junior high but has decided to focus on just softball and FFA in high school. “After travel ball season, I’ve been going to a hitting coach and also staying after practice with some of the girls and hitting.”

As for her involvement in FFA, it was a natural progression for her to continue showing steers, since she’d already been doing that for years with the 4H Club.  “I’ve been in (FFA) for just over a month at the beginning of school, and I’ve been showing steers for about six years, basically my whole life,” Arthur said. “It’s just something that our whole family does. It’s good competition and getting to meet a whole bunch of new people, and having a fun time when you get to see everyone at shows, and the competition in the ring. And also, I’m on the opening ceremonies team.” 

With the FCA, Arthur enjoys the opportunity to extend her beliefs to other Chickasha students. “I like it because you get to invite all the kids at your school that maybe don’t get to go to church on Wednesday nights or Sunday nights and they get an opportunity to learn more about God,” she said.