Tonkawa’s Ashton Linton – Character Counts Presented by Gateway First Bank

Tonkawa senior Ashton Linton has played softball for as long as she can remember. She thanks her father for introducing her to the sport.

“My dad sparked my interest in softball,” she said. “He has pushed me to play since the beginning and I’m very thankful for that.”

Linton says her final fastpitch season was very memorable. 

“Even though it was sad to see the season go by, I had an incredible time playing,” she said.

The Tonkawa softball team has a strong bond, and that is what made the sport so enjoyable for Linton.

“My favorite thing about competing for my school is the team,” she said. “We all have a great bond and it was amazing getting to play with such great people.”

Over her high school fastpitch career many fun memories were made, but one that stands out the most to Linton is from her sophomore year when her team hit a big milestone.

“There were so many great memories that came along with playing softball, but my favorite would have to be making it to regionals after working so hard my sophomore year,” she said. “It was an exciting deal for us because Tonkawa softball hadn’t been to regionals for awhile before us.”

Having good sportsmanship is something that makes athletes stand out in their field. For Linton, this has been essential.

“Having good character is one of the most important things to me,” she said. “Your character is going to define who you are, who you want to be, and who you were. Whether you decide to always put your best foot forward or not is up to you. I implement good character in athletics by being the best leader I can be and keeping my teammates encouraged.”

In addition to softball, Linton was a football cheerleader throughout high school and is involved in student council, the Humanitarian Club, and is the president of the National Honor Society at Tonkawa High. After high school she plans to attend college and earn a degree in education.