JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- At a school known for it's excellence in just about every sport, it's a huge honor to be voted as most outstanding female athlete.
For the class of 2013, that title belongs to Cayla Levins, a standout on the Bolles Bulldogs volleyball and softball teams.
"Usually football players and swimmers are the only ones recognized around here, so to be recognized as one of the top athletes at this school is awesome."
Cayla and the rest of the seniors were honored before Monday night's game, but somebody was missing.
Former Bulldogs softball player McKenzie Wilson passed away just before the start of her sophomore year.
"This is the senior class that she would've graduated with. She was very close with all the girls who are graduating."
On an emotional night with Oliver Wilson on hand to represent his older sister and Blake Wilson throwing out the first pitch in honor of his daughter, the team wore McKenzie's favorite color teal and each player had her number 7 on the front of their jerseys.
"We felt her here with us. Obviously we all got recognized and so did McKenzie. It was an awesome experience."
The angel in the outfield will never be forgotten at Bolles and in the heart of Cayla Levins who will continue her softball career at Murray State University.
"The consummate teammate. We have four seniors. McKenzie would've been the 5th. Cayla leads the team. She's the spokesman."
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