The Duncan Banner


June 29, 2013

Faith, family and softball

Marlow grad Tinney steps up for MACU

DUNCAN — In the world of sports, every athlete usually takes a break during the offseason.

But for Marlow grad and current Mid America Christian University softball standout, Amber Tinney, offseason is a term that simply doesn’t exist in her world.

“Softball has helped me develop character, discipline and work ethic, while giving all the glory to God,” Tinney said. “I firmly believe everything is possible through him. Softball might be just a game, but I can’t imagine life without a big yellow ball, a bat and that nocona glove beside me.”

After transferring from Rose State College in the spring of 2012, Tinney has exploded onto the scene at MACU in Moore, showing why the Lady Evangels'’ wanted her on their squad so bad.

In her junior season, the former Lady Outlaw hit .316 at the plate with 24 hits, three doubles and 12 RBI.

On the mound she collected three of her teams 11 victories on the season, while striking out 41 batters in 67 innings of work.

But aside from the change on the field, Tinney said she’s never regretted moving to MACU, simply because it’s had a greater impact on her as a person, and a Christian.

“Transferring to MACU was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” she said. “Everyone that is apart of the community at MACU is so welcoming and they care about all of us as individuals. Before I came here, I was a firm believer in Christ, but being at a Christian university allows that relationship to become a lot stronger.”

While the season might not have gone as Tinney and her teammates would have liked this year, there was a far greater reward that occurred off the field just over a month ago, that was better than any victory.  

On the afternoon of May 20, 2013 Tinney’s new community was struck by a monstrous EF5 tornado that rampaged through Moore leaving devastation in its wake.

Rather than take safe haven away from the damage, Tinney along with her new soon to be teammate and best friend Ashley Sanford stepped up and immediately jumped at the opportunity to volunteer at the Norman Presbyterian Church, where they helped local children in need.  

“The tornado missed MACU by two miles,” Tinney recalled about the May 20 event. “MACU is a big part of the Moore community. I wanted to give back because Moore is my second home and it’s the least I could do. Being an elementary education major, I had observed many times at Moore schools, and it was heartbreaking to hear about the children. Those kids were so loving to us. It was a real eye opener, and made me realize I am blessed and not to take things for granted.”

When she is not on the mound striking out batters and making an impact for MACU, Tinney applies her talents and knowledge in other areas, helping out as an assistant coach for the 14 and under Oklahoma Strikezone team and Stingrays under 10 squad in the Duncan Youth Softball League at Hines Field, in addition to also providing pitching lessons.

“I love being around the girls on both squads I help out with,” Tinney said. “There’s never a dull moment with them and they will always keep you on your toes. Giving lessons is something that I have a lot of fun with, but also take very serious. I’m hoping these girls know that anything is possible if you work hard and have a great attitude. Someday I want to see these girls playing college ball and getting an education just like I am.”

Another huge part of Tinney’s life and her success is her solid family foundation. At nearly every game, Amber’s mom Tammy and dad Rodney can be heard cheering their daughter on, along with grandparents Sandy and Woody Meek, aunt Sharon Hawkins and grandmother Jesse Tinney.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without my parents and God,” Amber said. “I’m so blessed and thankful for all the time and money they have put into softball. There’s so many athletes who would love to have the support system I have, and I’m lucky enough to have my parents and grandparents. I would especially like to thank my dad for sitting on a bucket countless times, taking pegs from those drop balls and all the support he’s given me. Also, my mom is an incredible role model and friend, and I can’t thank her enough.”

Before her squad can focus on improvement during the 2013-14 season, Amber and her Lady Evangels'’ teammates will embark on a mission trip journey to Reynosa, Mexico beginning Friday, July 5.

“This is going to be the experience of a lifetime,” Amber said. “We are all like sisters on this team, and all have such big hearts. My hope is that we have a positive impact on all the children in Reynosa. And I really all of us come out of this seeing how lucky we are to have the opportunity to work with these kids and teach them the game of softball.”

And as for next season?

“We know where we need to be for this upcoming year,” Amber said. “I’m very determined to help get us there. This past season is behind me and I’m going to work as hard as I can to get ready.”



Text Only
  • In the middle of it Demons return from camp energized

    Duncan volleyball returned to practice with a spring in its step Monday, despite not being on their own gym floor.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Defensive showcase Comanche’s defense strengthens

    Everyone around the Indian program (even one Outlaw) points out how far the softball team has come, but nothing is more evident then the improvement on defense.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major

    Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf's oldest trophy.

    On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.

    In the record book, he is listed behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the youngest to get three legs of the career Grand Slam.

    And over four days at Royal Liverpool, he had no equal.

    July 20, 2014

  • Watkins wins Watkins shines in Duncan tennis tournament

    Freshman Addie Watkins didn’t let playing older opponents deter her from winning the 16-year-old girls division at the Duncan First Bank Jr. Challenger Tournament Friday.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • McKelvey named Banner sports editor

    Assistant Sports Editor John McKelvey has been promoted to sports editor of The Duncan Banner.

    July 20, 2014

  • Budler Budler earns his PGA membership

    In just half the time he was allotted, Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Assistant Golf Professional Mark Budler achieved PGA membership status.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Junior clinic helps young players prepare for the Hoedebeck Tournament

    It wasn’t a coincidence that The Duncan Golf and Tennis Club held one of its summer junior clinics the week before the Hoedebeck tournament tees off — General Manager Mike Hansen wants to give his players all the help he can before the big day.

    July 20, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Posturing, predictions fly as SEC turns to a new season

    Little news is truly made at the Southeastern Conference's media days, where players and coaches predict, insinuate and deflect in advance of this fall's college football season.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Volleyball gets off to fast start in Missouri tournament

    On a big stage, there was no stage fright for Duncan volleyball, which had both of its six-player teams finish 5-3 in the first day of its summer tournament.

    July 18, 2014

  • Bringing a racket to Duncan

    A tournament that will take place at Duncan High School Friday has high school students eager to prove themselves against opponents from across the state of Oklahoma.

    July 18, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results