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Senior Spotlight: Leon High's Regan Hermeling thankful for the past and bright future ahead

Posted at 6:36 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 18:36:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon High's Regan Hermeling was a constant bet on the soccer field or on the softball diamond for the Lady Lions and, while she missed out on her senior softball season, she's not giving it up just yet.

Hermeling got in a final season of soccer for the Lady Lions, but the softball season ended early for the two sport stand-out.

"I was trying to hold out hope we'd get the season in before they canceled it," said Hermeling.

For Hermeling, her time in red and white is over, but her collegiate softball career is just beginning.

"If my softball career had been over right now, this would have been a horrible way to end," Hermeling said. "I'm looking forward to being able to continue. It gives me something to look forward too. I've still been working at it because I know I have to keep on playing."

Hermeling is headed to the University of North Florida.

"I love the coaches," she said. "I love the campus."

Even with no softball on the slate for the next few months, Hermeling is still training for the day she does get to suit up again.

"There's nothing really to replace the live competition and live pitching, but I've been hitting every day with my dad and practicing and trying to stay fit and in shape," Hermeling said. "It just makes me work harder to know that I need to stay where I was when I ended the season."

It was a season that ended too early and a senior year she'll never get back.

"It's definitely weird that we didn't get all the classic senior experiences, but to kind of cope with it, I've been trying to be thankful for all the time we did have," said Hermeling. "I'm just reflecting on that part of it and not the parts we didn't get to have."

She's thankful for the past and thankful for a future that's waiting to be written.

Hermeling said she plans to study nursing at UNF and she'll graduate Leon with a 4.4 GPA.