News 25 Student Athlete of the Week: Gulfport’s Morgan Stiglets
Up to bat in this week’s edition of WXXV Student Athlete of the Week is Gulfport senior Morgan Stiglets.
News 25’s Grace Boyles talks with the senior about her family, how she’s approaching this season, and the meaning behind her catchy hashtag on social media.
From the time she was in a stroller, Morgan Stiglets has called the ballpark her second home. Ever since she picked up a t-ball bat, softball is all Stiglets has known. Gulfport Softball Head Coach Kristi Basso said, “She loves the game. She gets the game, which is huge. She enjoys it. She loves coming out here every day.”
The Stiglets are the quintessential baseball family. With two brothers who both went on to play at Jones College, the senior third baseman is often receiving pointers from her older siblings. “Every day just on me about what I’m doing, what I need to do better, what I need to fix. They’re always trying to make me better.”
At this same time last year, the Lady Admirals’ softball season came to an abrupt end due to COVID-19, robbing Stiglets of her junior season and ultimately shaping her final season in the blue and orange. “It makes you realize how much this means to you and how quick it can be taken away and that you need to play every game like it’s your last.”
While this year may be Stiglets’ farewell tour as a Lady Admiral, the number on her jersey will always stay with her, solidifying her name in the Number 5 Club. “Every time I post a picture, anything like that I #5TILLIDIE and they made up this cheer for me and it just goes like ‘5 till I die, 5, 5 till I die.'”
When it does eventually come time to hang up the cleats, Stiglets plans on attending Mississippi State for veterinary school, a dream she’s had her heart set on since she was five-years-old. “I love animals. And everybody always asks me, oh what do you want to be, oh I want to be a vet. They’re like ‘still? You still want to be a vet?’ Yeah, it hasn’t changed.”
While her future plans may not include softball, being part of the Lady Admirals squad for the last five years has still taught Stiglets invaluable life lessons. “They taught me what being a leader is all about and what it means to play as a team and not for yourself.”
“I just love the kid. Morgan Stiglets. She’s the best.”
If you know of anyone on the Coast that deserves to be featured as News 25 Student Athlete of the Week you can contact Grace Boyles via email at GBoyles@wxxv25.com or on Twitter @GraceBBoyles or on Facebook at Grace Boyles WXXV.