Fruitport's Wilks named First Team All-State

Josh VanDyke • Jun 27, 2018 at 12:15 AM

After a stellar four-year varsity career for the Fruitport softball program, senior Aurora Wilks achieved some well-deserved recognition for her efforts as a Trojan. Wilks became the first player under head coach Bob Dorman's tenure to be named First Team All-State.

"She is a worker and always wanted to be the best," said Dorman. "That's what she strived for. She was conditioning, working out and taking lessons to get better every offseason at every aspect of her game. It never got old to see. I always used her as an example when I talked to underclassmen or her own classmates. She's a great example that if you work as hard as her, you'll get better and you'll play more. She was a great leader by example for us.

"She got a little more vocal in her senior season. I think that was because she was so confident in herself that she knew what everyone's job was and she was almost always hitting her marks. She's naturally very even-keeled, but she had no problems talking to teammates this season and being a leader in a lot of different ways."

The senior standout was also a leader in the classroom, being named the president of the National Honor Society at Fruitport High School. She will continue her softball and academic career at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. 

"Her work ethic and determination won't stop here, either," added Dorman. "She's going to keep pushing herself as both a student and an athlete to be the best. You could see a glimpse of that these past two offseasons. She took up powerlifting as a junior, and just one year later, she was a state champion. She kept working on getting stronger to improve her softball skills. She knew what she had to do to get better and she just went out and did it."

According to Dorman, having Wilks as his first All-State performer is an honor.

"I'm so proud of her, and I'm thrilled that she was the first girl in our program to get that kind of recognition," he added. "I always use her as an example of what kids can accomplish, so to see her really reach her potential and keep pushing her game to new heights was special. She's been a staple of this program for four years, and she's always been so dependable.

"No one deserves this more than her."

As a senior, Wilks collected 42 hits with a .476 batting average and 1.383 on-base percentage. She belted out 12 home runs and 38 RBIs and was also hit by a pitch 22 times. Wilks also doubled as the team's ace from the pitching circle, leading the Trojans in wins, strikeouts and ERA.

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