Elizabeth Wyatt

Wellborn senior Elizabeth Wyatt, left, with her volleyball coach, Brenda Vinson.

Mark Edwards/The Anniston Star

WELLBORN — As a seventh-grade benchwarmer, Wellborn’s Elizabeth “Red” Wyatt probably thought this day never would come.

Now a high school senior and an established star for the Panthers’ volleyball squad, Wyatt is headed to Southern Union Community College to play volleyball. The school celebrated her scholarship signing with an assembly in the gym this morning.

Wyatt said that after playing in “maybe one game” as a seventh-grader, she tried her best to become a factor in eighth-grade.

“Family and teammates kept telling me not to give up,” she said in the Wellborn library at a reception that friends, family and high school teammates attended. “Every day, I hustled and worked as hard as I could, and I got better.”

She wound up making The Anniston Star’s All-Calhoun County volleyball team as a sophomore, junior and senior. This past season, she helped Wellborn finish Class 3A, Area 9 runner-up and win a spot in the super regionals. She also made all-county this past spring in softball.

Wyatt tried out at Southern Union, and head coach Ametrice Jackson offered her a place on the team.

“When I first tried out, I was nervous,” Wyatt said. “I wanted more options at the time, but when I toured the school and the dorms and met Coach Jackson, I felt that I would enjoy going to school there.”

—Mark Edwards

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