OAK HARBOR – Even if you can’t see Oak Harbor senior Seree Petersen, you can be sure of her presence by listening for the sound of her voice.
A main stay on the soccer and softball fields at Oak Harbor over the past four years, Petersen has allowed her charisma and athleticism to help lead many successful seasons for the two programs.
“Seree is the ‘Voice of the Team,’” said softball coach Chris Rawski. “We go as her energy goes. We need her to stay up and positive.”
Whether wandering the outfield or an occasional stint at second-base, Petersen has provided energy to the Rockets’ softball program in many ways.
“Seree is a tremendous athlete that is able to do so many things on the field,” Rawski said. “She can run down the ball in center-field, she can steal bases, she always puts the ball in play, and she is able to hit for extra bases or play small ball.”
Currently, Petersen is batting .426 in 18 games while driving in 17 runs, stealing 11 bases, and drawing 15 walks.
“Seree is having an amazing season,” said Rawski. “She is always finding her way on base. She has driven in some huge two out runs in big games. Her four years of experience are something that is invaluable to this team.”
As a four-year starter in softball, the Rockets have compiled a 91-19 record while making it to the Regional Semi-Finals last season, a record for the program.
“My favorite memory in softball was during the 2017 season when we made it to the Regional Semi-Finals and made history,” said Petersen.
With the success Petersen and Oak Harbor has had on the diamonds, it may come as a surprise to some that Petersen will be continuing her athletic career in college in a different sport.
Petersen, a mid-field defender in soccer, will be continuing her education at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio.
While Petersen looks forward to playing soccer at the collegiate level, she is just as focused on academics.
“I want to get a good education while growing in my faith,” said Petersen, who holds a 3.7 Grade Point Average.
Petersen said her faith is something she values because it honors her family.
“I would consider my Grandma Gloria and Grandpa Dave as the people I look up to the most because of their strong faith, loving marriage, and their willingness to help those in need whenever they can,” said Petersen. “They have taught me that with God all things are possible, and, to give to others even if you don’t have much yourself.”
Petersen is an active member of her youth group at Shoreline Church and a participant in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Many will remember Petersen’s contributions to the athletic programs over her four years of school, but many more will remember her for her smiling personality.
“I definitely got my personality from my mom,” said Petersen. “The good parts and the bad.”
When Petersen isn’t busy with athletics or education, she can usually be found at working or hanging with her family and friends.
“In my free time I like to hang with my friends and cook with my Aunt Becci,” Petersen said.
Petersen has worked as a baby-sitter, at The Jet Express, and at The Rocket Shop and said that her career goal is to work in daycare or a preschool because of her love for children.