By Colin Anderson
Taylor Mire, Freshman
Sandpoint High School freshman Taylor Mire is just getting going on her experience as a Bulldog student athlete. She earned a spot on the JV basketball team this past winter and is currently competing on the varsity golf team. “The part about golf that I love the most is the constant competition. Obviously competing against other players is great, but with golf you're always competing with yourself to get better,” she explained.
As a smaller competitor, Taylor has learned from an early age that hard work and focusing on her own goals is more important than skills and stature. “I've been doubted in my ability, probably because I've always been much smaller (in size) than my teammates and opponents in the sports I've played. I've had to really work hard at my skills and use my competitive drive to achieve my goals.”
Taylor plans to focus on her two favorite sports throughout the rest of her time at the high school. She plans to work hard at both as well as in the classroom. While she’s just getting her feet wet in high school, she’s hoping some day to utilize her creativity when it comes to a future career. “My current interests are in graphic design and other artistic fields, so I most likely will follow a path in those areas. I'm very artistic, so I would like to utilize this skill through my working life.”
As she continues her first season of varsity level competition, Taylor is learning from her older teammates about what it takes to compete at the top level. While she enjoys the individual aspect of the game, she’s also growing more and more fond of the team environment that Coach Deprez has built around the program. “Golf is mostly thought of as an individual sport, but I really like the team aspect of high school golf; especially with my teammates, as I think we all want to push each other to get better, as we want to be part of a State Championship team,” she said.