Coaches will tell you that playing multiple sports is usually better than focusing on and trying to excel at just one sport. Playing multiple sports was an easy decision for Dexter’s Anna Love because not only did she enjoy playing different sports she excelled at them as well.
Whether the ball was something you hit, saved or shot, Anna Love could stood out and not just because she was better than most around her but because of her “love” of playing and competing for the Dexter Dreadnaughts.
“Dexter has caused me to develop good relationships with other people, because of all the different sports that I played,” said Love.
Love was recently named Dexter High School Female Athlete of the Year for 2015-16. She earned 11 varsity letters in high school in three sports and was First Team All-Conference and All-District three times in softball. Love also was All-State three times as a member of Dexter’s dominating field hockey team. And all three of her high school coaches nominated her for the school’s top female athlete award.
While she was a standout in goal for the Coach Craig Flocken in field hockey and a solid player in the paint for Coach Mike Bavineau in basketball, softball was her sport. Last week, Love was named All-State Honorable Mention in softball after a solid senior season and will play in the Michigan High School All-Star Game July 20 at CMU.
“I was very successful with softball at a young age which caused me to want to practice and become better at this sport rather than the other two that I played,” she said.
Love, 18, also excelled in the classroom where she posted an impressive 3.92 grade-point average. She will take her skills and passion to Ferris State University where she plans on studying accounting and playing softball for the Bulldogs.
She also considered Saginaw Valley State and Lake Superior State University.
“Ferris State was the right size and when I stepped on campus it seemed like the right fit for me,” she said.
Despite missing some games with an Achilles injury, Love helped lead the Dreads to a strong season on the softball diamond.
Her softball career has included stops with the Hurricanes, Turnin 2, and the Michigan Lookouts.
“Travel ball has taught me the mindset behind the game and what it takes to be the best player possible,” Love said.
She made First Team All-Conference and All-District as a sophomore, junior and senior. She won districts three of her four years playing softball.
And after college?
“My goal is to find a job in the career path that I choose to take,” she said.