‘Always have a servant’s heart’: Starla Fuller recaps her years at Cold Springs

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Cold Springs' Starla Fuller. (Bill Piper/The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. — In this interview, I talked to Cold Springs basketball and softball player, Starla Fuller. Starla made a lot of memories during her time at Cold Springs, both in sports and in school.

“One of my favorite sports memories was when we were playing Addison in the area tournament. It went into extra innings and Dixie Light scored the winning run. I also enjoyed just being at basketball and softball practice with all of my friends,” Fuller said. “Another great sports memory was when the softball team went and watched coach Heath play. He would always give me a fist bump before I went up to bat. My favorite high school memories were just getting to see my friends every day. Physics class was always the best because you never knew what would happen in that class.”

Starla feels lucky to have played for some amazing coaches during her playing days and learned so much from them.

“Playing for Coach (Tammy) West, Coach (Paige) Adams, and Coach (Bruce) Parker was a great experience. After moving to Cold Springs, they all made feel like I belonged and it was where I was meant to be,” Fuller said. “Playing for coach West was scary at first because I knew I was going to be playing for the great Tammy West and she had built a great foundation for girls’ basketball at Cold Springs. She taught me you had to work as a team to be able to win and you had to work for what you want. I was beyond ecstatic to play for her. Coach Adams and Coach Parker taught me to always have a servant’s heart and you have to hate to lose more than you love to win. They always made me feel at home. They taught me a lot more than just what I needed to know in softball. These great coaches made me wish I had more than just a year to play for them and wear the word, Eagles, across my chest.”

Going to Cold Springs meant so much to Starla and she felt at home right from the start.

“Cold Springs is such a special school to go to because you are like family. From the first day I walked through the doors, I felt at home,” Fuller said. “The teachers, staff, and students all welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I had gone there since kindergarten. Honestly, it was such a great experience. One thing I learned from going to Cold Springs is you have to enjoy every moment like it is your last, because one day, it will be.”

Starla will miss going to Cold Springs and she gave some advice to the students that will be starting high school next month.

“The thing I’ll miss most about Cold Springs is able to get up and go see my friends every day,” Fuller said. “Some advice I would give to the upcoming high schoolers is make a lot of memories. Go to all of the sporting events, participate in homecoming week, and most importantly, don’t wish it away. Enjoy it while it lasts.”

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