Tonawanda News — “It wasn’t even a question really,” Johnson said about Balling trying out for varsity. “You make her think that so she keeps working hard, but it wasn’t even a question.”
Although quiet when off the field, Balling is just as vocal as any other player once the game begins. Her teammates want to make sure she is confident and if she looks frustrated, someone will find her and make sure she keeps pushing through.
The team also makes her feel equally a part of the team off the field. Balling is included in the team’s activities, including “team bonding” exercises and sleepovers, despite the fact she’s five years younger than some players.
“I wish I was in high school,” Balling said.
On the field, her favorite plays are when she is dribbling down the sideline looking to cross the ball for one of her teammates. However, sometimes even as she is looking to assist, she finds a goal instead. She’s watched as one of her ‘passes’ find its way to the back of net unassisted three times this season.
Her nickname of the “baby,” is not meant to make her feel like an outcast, but the right to be considered a member of the team, Johnson said.
“When a team comes up with nicknames for you, sometimes you don’t like it but it’s a sign of success,” Johnson said.GAME PREVIEW For more on today's ECIC IV showdown between Tonawanda and Holland turn to 2B for a complete preview. Follow @tonanewssports on Twitter for complete high school sports coverage.