Sealy senior Zoee Jeffrey played her final game in a Sealy Tiger uniform without even realizing it.
“I was going through it, I went to the doctor and then it didn't hit me until about a few months later when I thought, ‘That was really my last volleyball game and I had no idea,” Jeffrey said in a May 15 phone interview. “It hits my heart real heavy because I wish I could go back and change things and do a little better and try a little harder.”
Jeffrey dealt with a back injury that forced her to miss the majority of the volleyball season and all of the basketball season just to compete in the lone track meet that Sealy competed in this year, very uncomfortably she said.
“When I came back I was really excited,” Jeffrey said of her return for the Ketchum Relays on Feb. 28. “I thought, ‘I can't wait, this is so cool, I finally get to do something,’ and then as soon as I ran I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this hurts so bad.’”
It worked out that there were no more track meets to miss out on but even though Jeffrey did end up missing out on a lot in her senior year, she said she also learned a lot from her time on the sidelines.
“The most important thing is to not take things for granted because you never know when it can be taken away from you,” Jeffrey said. “Especially with my injury in my senior year, everything's been taken away. I wish I could go back and do everything completely over again and try harder. Do a little bit more in a game, in practice, in the classroom even.”
What Jeffrey also gained in her time off was a lot of family time that she misses out on in the fall when her dad, Shane Mobley, is in-season as Sealy’s head football coach. Jeffrey said she rarely sees him during the season but gets to spend a lot of time with her mother, Amber, who was able to provide Jeffrey with some expert advice.
“My mom was there for me a lot because she had the same injury so she knew what it was like,” Jeffrey said. “She knew how much pain I was going through so it was easy for me to talk about it with her.”
However, with a move to college on the horizon, Jeffrey said that although she might not necessarily be ready to leave home quite yet, she has some experience moving and said she does enjoy the new things that come with a change in scenery.
“It’s new people, new things; I like having new things, trying new things, being able to meet new people and do different things to have fun,” Jeffrey said of the positives she’s taken away from moving with her dad’s jobs.
Jeffrey’s plan is to attend Blinn College in Brenham to begin studying to become a dental hygienist although she said sports are likely off the table for her after experiencing pain on routine walks around the neighborhood with her mom.
Still, when thinking about highlights from her last three years spent at Sealy High School, many of them involved sports and the relationships Jeffrey formed in her time as a Lady Tiger including postseason
runs as a sophomore on the volleyball and basketball courts and a trip to the regional track competition where she got to stay overnight with her teammates.
“I've made a lot of great friends, that was one thing that I was really scared about when I moved here,” Jeffrey said of the transition to Sealy from Sweetwater. “I thought, ‘What if they don't like me?’ and my mom told me to chill out. But I've made really close friends that I think I'm going to have for the rest of my life. A few of them are really important to me and if I wouldn't have moved here, I never would have met them.”