BY LANI HANSEN
TAHLEQUAH – A United Keetoowah Band member, Reagan Longbird Smith is making a name for herself in college softball. She is currently ranked number 5 in stolen bases for Carl Albert.
Smith grew up in Bunch, Oklahoma, a small community outside of Stilwell. She is the daughter of Christopher Smith and Natasha Storm. Smith is also the granddaughter of Florene Smith. She attended high school at Sequoyah High School and graduated from Stilwell. During Smith’s freshman year at Sequoyah, she was on the softball team when they won state.
“It was during my junior year when I transferred to Stilwell, because of COVID,” Smith said. “I did play softball there too.”
Smith has been playing softball since she could walk.
She will be going into her sophomore year at Carl Albert State College, studying in allied health to be a physical therapist. Smith plays in the left-field position for the Lady Vikings.
With one year of college ball under her belt, Smith has been ranked number 5 in stolen bases in the National Junior College Athletic Association. She was also named Offensive Player of the Year for Carl Albert Softball.
If it was not for her supporters, she would not be where she is today.
“I want to thank my family and friends for pushing me on going to college,” Smith said. “I want to thank them for always being by my side when things get rough.”
Aside from college ball, Smith is currently working with the Stilwell Nursing Home. She also enjoys helping with events at the Greasy Community Center. Smith will return to college in August where she will continue playing softball.
For the 2023-2024 softball season schedule, please visit https://www.cascathletics.com/sports/sball/index.