DAVIS — Around Davis, athletics are about as natural as breathing for the kids who attend Davis High School.

DAVIS — Around Davis, athletics are about as natural as breathing for the kids who attend Davis High School.   The same could also be said for All-State awards when it comes to the Lady Wolves softball team, it’s just a natural tradition.   From Jolie Romine to Lauren Son last year, the list of Lady Wolves who have not only worn the red and white but done so on the All-State stage reads like a who’s who among standout softball players.   Now a new name can be added to that elite club: Madi Merrell.   Merrell was chosen as a member of the Middle West team for the Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Coaches Association All-State team.   She will be joining a crew of local players on her squad which include Makella Mobly, Macenzie Ruth and Kady Lynch from Sulphur, as well as Lone Grove’s Chloe Pender, and Sulphur head coach Heath Gilbert when the annual All-State game takes place on June 6, 2020 at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond.   “It’s been really awesome getting to have Madi be apart of the Davis softball program,” Lady Wolves coach Tyler Lampkin said. “She is a kid that every coach would want on her team. It’s not just because of her talent, but because of the person and teammate she is. She’s one of the hardest working kids with the best attitudes we’ve ever had on this team.”   “Her care for her teammates is what makes her special,” Lampkin added. “Seeing this girl put in all the time and effort that she has, and to see her earn this All-State award is pretty awesome in my opinion.”   This season, Merrell led her team in batting average as she finished with an impressive .541 average for the year. The Lady Wolves also made the regional tournament this season.   Merrell is also a member of the Lady Wolves cheer team, where she was selected as a 2018 All-American.   “At first I was really shocked when I heard the news that I had made All-State,” Merrell said. “But then I realized that this had happened because of my coaches and my teammates pushing me everyday to be better. They helped me get this opportunity to be where I am.”   “Davis is a very tradition rich school,” Merrell added. “I feel very blessed to be apart of this culture. All of our coaches treat us like family. They take so much time out of their daily lives to make sure we have everything we need to be successful. I’ve been very blessed with the coaches here at Davis.”   While she didn’t play softball all four years, Merrell was able to have coach Lampkin all three years she did play. She said that she is very thankful for the influence coach Lampkin has had on her in the last couple of years being her head coach.   “Coach Lampkin has been incredible for us,” Merrell said. “If we’ve ever need anything from him, he’s made sure we have gotten to have it. I’m very honored to have the chance to represent my school one more time, and to share it with my coach. That’s going to be an awesome experience for me.”