The softball season is months away, but a pair of the state’s top athletes are hard at work in the lab.
Senior Amanda Curran and sophomore Kayla Falterman are “doing work” with Derrick Jonkins at his DI factory in The Woodlands area.
The Highlanders will be one of the Class 6A state favorites after a regional appearance a year ago and the pair are important cornerstones to the team’s success.
Led by Curran on the mound and Falterman at the plate, The Woodlands is in good hands.
Curran signed with one of the most recognizable programs in all of college sofitball – the Tennessee Volunteers.
She will join former Highlanders legend Kelsey Leach inside the Vols’ program.
“Honestly, you are never going to be elite if you aren’t working out when others aren’t,” Curran said. “I do a lot of core work, foot work and explosive training to improve my overall game.
“Softball is my competitive outlet. I also like being around my team. We are like a family.”
Falterman committed to Louisiana-Lafayette as a freshman and could be one of the fastest players in Houston.
“I’m just a super-competitive person,” she said. “I want to be the best, so I train to be the best. I train for speed and power. I’ve always been an athlete, but softball just became my passion. I feel like I have a bright future in the sport.”
The pair of diamond girls have been working with Jonkins for years and he has seen them grow into uber-athletes.
“Kayla and Amanda are two goal-oriented young ladies,” Jonkins said. “They are self-motivated. Mom and dad don’t need to push them to work out every day to be great. That’s why they are both leaders on the Highlanders softball team and are committed to major colleges.
“Amanda comes at 6 am before school, which is amazing for a kid her age to make that kind of commitment.
“Kayla started working out with me in the seventh grade. I would train her around older and better athletes on
purpose just to see what it took to be the best. I remember her training with like 12 DI and pro athletes. She took it in stride and never looked back."