October 12, 2007
All-American softball player named Cowley’s Student of the Month
put together one of the finest seasons of any Cowley College pitcher,
Lady Tiger sophomore Heather Davis showed she is no slouch in the classroom
as she was recently named the school’s October Student of the Month.
The ever modest Davis did not think she would get much consideration for the award.
“Honestly, I did not think I had a chance (to be Student of the Month) because the girl before me, Courtney Crain, is amazing and involved in everything,” Davis said. “It’s nice because I have gotten awards for softball, so this is a good balance.”
Davis had a 3.98 grade point average at Fort Scott High School, with her lone “B” grade coming in one semester of Trigonometry. Although she is a stellar student at Cowley, Davis sometimes feels the responsibilities of being a student-athlete cuts into the time she would like to use on her studies.
“I always wanted to play college softball but it’s a lot more time consuming than high school and I know it has influenced my grades,” Davis said.
The sophomore biology major is the daughter of Tom and Cindy Davis of Fort Scott. Grandparents are Warren and Roberta Davis of Fort Scott, and David and Janice Gill of Overland Park. She has one sister, Erica 16.
Along with starring on the softball team, Davis is also involved in Mu Alpha Theta Math and Science Club and Phi Theta Kappa.
During her freshman season, Davis led the nation in strikeouts (308) and finished with a record of 29-5. She helped Cowley capture its fourth straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title by being named the conference’s Most Valuable Player. During the fall exhibition season, Davis went 7-1 with a 0.88 earned run average. The team’s success in the fall has Davis excited about the 2008 season.
“I think we might have an even better team this year as a whole,” Davis said.
She is working on adding a screwball to her repertoire of pitches. Her bread and butter pitch is her rise ball, while she also throws a drop ball and changeup.
Hard to believe she did not begin pitching until the eighth grade. She stumbled upon pitching when the team she was on had only one pitcher, and each time the starting pitcher didn’t show up the team would lose badly. So, Davis decided she would try to pitch to help the team out. She did more than that as she turned into one of the most dominating high school pitchers in the state of Kansas and became a First-Team All-American as a freshman at Cowley.
At Fort Scott, Davis led the softball team to the school’s first girl's state title in any sport. In the championship game, Davis recorded a state tournament record 19 strikeouts.
For her efforts, she was featured in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated in August 2005.
Davis credits her parents with helping her get to this point in her life. She credits her mother, Cindy, with helping her be the student she is, and her father, Tom, with giving her the tools and guidance to succeed in softball.
She is undecided what school she will attend after Cowley, but would like to someday pursue a career in the field of psychology or pharmaceutical work.
Davis has enjoyed her time at Cowley and is looking forward to a great sophomore year.
“It’s a small school which I like and the girls on the team are great,” Davis said. “It’s great having a school that is good all around, academically and athletic wise.”