MORRIS, Oklahoma – Jessica Wilson (Mvskoke), a senior at Morris High School, signed with Eastern Oklahoma State College for a full-ride softball scholarship. Wilson is the daughter of Jennifer and Jeremiah Wilson Jr. (Mvskoke) and the granddaughter of Linda and Dan Boydston and Joyce and Jerry Wilson (Mvskoke).
She is a utility player, meaning that she is able to efficiently play multiple positions on the field, but she enjoys playing first base the most. Wilson has played softball since she was six years old and has been coached by her dad for summer and competitive ball up until a couple years ago.
“He’s always been my coach for Little League or competitive teams up until two years ago,” Wilson said. “It was rough at times, but I liked him being there because it meant he could be at every game.”
The decision on where to sign was not an easy one for Wilson.
“It was a really hard decision, I was looking at the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas and Oklahoma Wesleyan in Bartlesville,” Wilson said. “I felt a better fit going there, somewhere closer to home, and I know some girls that are going there.”
She is excited for this next step in life and her parents are proud of her.
“Jessica has worked very hard, and it hasn’t been easy, putting in extra work and spending every summer at the ballfields, not getting to do what most teenagers get to do,” said Jennifer. “I’m so glad she is finally getting to see hard work pays off by getting college paid for.”
“I was excited for her because she was ready for the process to be over with and I was too really,” Jeremiah Jr. said. “It is exciting.”
Wilson has maintained a 3.94 GPA while also attending Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology as a concurrent high school student. Upon graduation she will have already completed 12 credit hours, the equivalent to one semester as a full-time student. Wilson plans on getting her associate degree at EOSC and then pursuing an Ultrasound Technician degree.
She is also a member of the National Honor Society, received All-District Utility Player her junior and senior year, received All-Region Team 2 Utility Player her senior year and played on the Green Country Diamond All Star Team in the Fall 2022 season.
When asked what she would tell underclassmen, she said to never take your season for granted.
Wilson’s freshman year slow-pitch season ended early because of covid. Covid also affected her sophomore year. Wilson attended school and played fast pitch, then when the season was over, and it was time for basketball her coach required the players to go to school virtually. The team still practiced in person, but attending school virtually was a way for the coach to try and keep the players healthy and ready for games. After the basketball season she was able to return to school in person and play slow-pitch.
She also wanted to stress the importance of being a good teammate.
“It’s not that hard to be a good teammate, you can be having your worst game, or your best game and you can be a better teammate to someone,” Wilson said. “Like if you’re having a good game and your teammate is having a really bad game then you can always go up to them and say ‘it’s okay, it happens, you’re fine’, just be there for them.”
Wilson has many supporters that have been with her along the way.
“My parents, grandparents, coaches, friends and boyfriend are my biggest supporters, and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”
Her support system has helped her develop into the person and player she is, they spent days off helping her, and pushed her.
The Morris High School slow-pitch season starts this month, and the schedule can be found on their school website.