Prep softball: Terrys enjoy final season at Brighton
Jessica Terry, a senior at Brighton High who splits her time on the Bengals softball team between first base and pitching, seemingly is moving into the post-high-school world a little quicker than most.
Terry held down a couple of part-time jobs until the regimen of softball practices and games took over a couple of months ago. Now it's down to one job part-time, as time will allow, bagging at a grocery store.
And Terry got a little taste this past summer of what she envisions as her adult life by playing in a slow-pitch softball league. After all, she isn't planning on playing college softball, and time with her family in a slow-pitch league with her older sisters, in this case is paramount.
But Terry is still in high school, and that summer venture is something she's still trying to get over.
"It's hard," said Terry about making the transition back to fast-pitch high-school ball. "I played last summer, and it messed me up so bad. It's a work-in-progress."
Softball always has been a family affair for Terry.
Her father, Mike, is the Bengals' coach. Jessica is one of three seniors on the roster, and when the 2013 season comes to an end, so will Mike Terry's seven years as the Brighton coach.
"I'm hanging it up. After she graduates, I'm done," Mike Terry said.
"He's been saying that for a long time," Jessica said. "He said he'd coach until Jess is done."
Making her and her father's final year at Brighton memorable is something Jessica is intent on doing. She is part of a group of Bengals, including fellow senior pitcher Kylie Everill and juniors Kennedy Rasmussen and Lizzie Bertram, who have been playing softball together for several years.
"If we play like I know we can play, then we'll go far," she said.
The Bengals have a 7-9-1 record entering the week after starting their region slate 2-2.
Rasmussen and Bertram make up two-thirds of the junior class on the team, so the Brighton team is a young one overall.
"We have a lot of good talent on the team," Mike Terry said. "We have the potential to be at the top of the region. We just have to come together."