Callie Smith wrapping up an excellent career (Source: WALB)
Callie signing her letter of intent to Shorter University (Source: WALB)
Jenni Smith also wrapped up her last year as the Lady Wildcats coach (Source: WALB)
Tim Smith putting Callie through a Sunday workout (Source: WALB)
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -
The Wildcats will miss Callie Smith's leadership, but before she leaves, she added one more accolade to the growing list as the Student-Athlete of the week.
Stats and wins don't define Callie Smith. But if they did, you could sum her up like this: Two state championships, four straight region championships, and a record of 103-6 since her freshman year.
In those four years she also averaged double-digit points and three steals each season. Yet, she is better defined by her character.
"I'm not that confident I would say, so I drive myself to be better because I know there's so much more I can do," said the Westwood floor general.
Another key to her success is that the back-to-back region player of the year was able to do it with both her mom, Jenni, and dad, Tim, on the bench guiding her.
"I kind of have an advantage because they're my coaches," said Callie. "We get to spend a little more time in the gym and it definitely has helped me to pursue my dreams of playing on the next level."
The next level will be Shorter University. The Hawks know about her excellent work ethic, but her mother Jenni Smith knows it's her daughters heart that will continue to carry her.
This past school year, while she was sealing the deal on graduating 5th in her class. She also took up a new responsibility on Sundays.
"Last fall they needed someone to take over the children's church service at 11 o'clock.," said Jenni Smith. "Since no adults volunteered Callie volunteered."
"I love what I do at the church," said Callie. "I like the little kids, so it's more of a blessing to me than it is for them, that's for sure."
Smith will study to become a Nurse in college. The 4-time all-state point guard will use the same work ethic that perfected her jump shot in Camilla, in order to graduate with honors just like she will at Westwood.
"I'm definitely going to focus hard on my studies," said Callie. "And get better at basketball and do my very best to help my team."
Smith also claimed a state championship in doubles tennis this year, further proving her excellence as a student athlete.