Callie Miller was a mainstay on the South Iron girls basketball team the last four years. She was a part of a lot of success, including last season’s team that finished 25-5 and third in the state in Class 1. She recently had a chance to speak about her time as a Panther with Ameritime Sports.
Q: You’ve finally graduated. What kind of emotions have been running through you lately, especially after the way your senior year ended?
Miller: “Some emotions that have been running through my head lately is gratefulness and sadness. While getting out of school early was fun, we missed out on some big senior moments. And even though I was grateful to end my basketball career at the Final Four with my teammates, we were limited to the amount of fans that could come, and limited to one game.”
Q: What sports did you play at South Iron, and for how many years?
Miller: “I played basketball all four years at South Iron, and I played volleyball freshman year and senior year.”
Q: What do you do think you’ll miss most about not competing for the Panthers?
Miller: “What I’ll miss most about Panther sports is the crowds. Even though a big crowd can be scary, knowing that we had loads of supporters was very settling before a game.”
Q: What has been your top memory of your time participating in South Iron sports?
Miller: “My favorite memory from basketball was playing in the Final Four as a freshman and making school history. My favorite volleyball memory was improving so much we were able to play competitively with every team.”
Q: What are your plans now that you’ve graduated?
Miller: “Now that I have graduated, I plan on attending Mineral Area College’s RN program.”
Q: Here’s your chance to tell the incoming ninth graders what they need to know for their next four years at SIHS. What words of advice do you have for them, especially those who hope to play sports for the Panthers?
Miller: “Some words of advice that I would give to the incoming ninth graders is to work hard. Your team may not be the best, but if you don’t do your best, you’ll never stand a chance.”