Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Sydnie King

School: Clayton Valley Charter High School •  Grade: Senior  •  Sports: Softball, Golf

Sydnie King

King is the epitome of a student and an athlete worthy of having the spotlight shone upon her. A four-year member of Clayton Valley Charter’s ASB student government, King served as class treasurer her freshman and sophomore years. She became club commissioner as a junior and currently serves as a senior class representative.  Not to mention, she is also president of the National Honor Society and treasurer of CVCHS’s Make-A-Wish Club, all while maintaining a cumulative 4.4 GPA. On the athletic side of being a student athlete, King is a three-year member on varsity softball and  has two years on varsity golf.

King has spent a considerable portion of the past 14 years on the dirt. She began her softball career at JOBL in Concord and then played for travel club teams like Concord Glory, Lady Wolfpack, Caligold Bay Area and, currently, the Athletics Mercado Walling 18U.

The game she’s loved her entire life

King says one of the aspects of the game she’s looked forward to most is having a CVCHS softball senior night, where she can pay tribute to her high school career and its relationship with the game she’s loved her entire life while being surrounded by friends and family. She is optimistic that the team will have an opportunity for the senior night she’s dreamed of after all.

“So far,” she explains, “It looks like our softball season is going to look as close to normal as can be expected. We have to wear masks, aren’t able to have people in the stands and have to socially distance, but considering the situation, those rules are very easy to follow.” Her club team has spent the past year staying in shape for a high school season by finding safe ways to play whenever- and wherever- they can; King says they’ve even tracked down private farms with fields to play on that host cows and crop rows barely beyond center field.

Next steps

As she prepares to bid farewell to her “interesting virtual school experience,” King is doing her best to virtually visit the many colleges she’s been accepted to in order to narrow down her big decision. Come the fall, she hopes to be off of Zoom, out of the house and majoring in political science or business as a college freshman.

CVCHS student journalist Alexa Oldham wrote this Spotlight.

The Pioneer congratulates Sydnie and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for 25 years at Family Vision Care Optometry.

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