Athletes come in all sizes and shapes, demeanors, personalities, and goals. One such outstanding athlete from Sneads High School inked on the dotted line last Thursday to play for Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia. Friends, family, teammates, faculty and staff gathered to watch this athlete as she made her commitment final.
Abbie McIntosh is one of those special players, daughter, sister, and aunt who comes along one in a blue moon. Her parents, Brad and Wendy McIntosh beam with pride when they see Abbie giving of her time for her family and friends. McIntosh makes no bones about how important her family is to her, including going the extra mile for her very young nieces and nephews. When asked why she chose Andrew, Abbie solidified her love of family, “It just had the right program for me and when I walked in there, I just felt like I belonged there. It reminded me of home.”
McIntosh has been playing softball since she was in third grade, playing at Sneads High four years and Grand Ridge Middle School three years. Prior to middle school, McIntosh played rec ball and still today plays travel ball. Abbie gives credit to her travel ball coach Fred Lamphere, “If it wasn’t for Fred actually with Panhandle Heat, he’s the one that went with me on all my visits, but he manages the team that I’m on now.”
McIntosh not only excels on the diamond but does so in the classroom also. She has a weighted 4.2 GPA, is a member of the BETA Club and president of Sneads High Student Council. She has done competitive cheerleading until age 12, had played soccer and volleyball in the past. She also did competitive weightlifting. At Andrew, Abbie plans to get her AS in athletic training and then major in Exercise Science.
McIntosh said she couldn’t have been where she is now had it not been for the people in her life, “I’d like to thank my parents especially, all my coaches that have helped me to get to where I am, all my siblings and the rest of my family and my friends for always being there for me.”
Abbie is the daughter of Brad and Wendy McIntosh, and has three siblings, Brad, Jr., Meagann, and Tyler McIntosh.