Stepping up to the plate with Gracie Rigney


Gracie Rigney is a senior at THS this year that comes from a big family. She has played on the varsity volleyball and softball teams for two years at Tunstall. Rigney transferred from Gretna High School to THS her junior year. She also was involved in sports during her time at Gretna. 

Rigney with her two trophies from this past volleyball season.

Gracie started playing travel softball when she was eight years old and started volleyball in the 6th grade. She played t-ball when she was three years old as well. “I was 15 playing against 17 and 18 year olds during softball,” said Rigney.  Rigney also played travel volleyball sophomore and junior year.

“I would say volleyball is my favorite sport right now. Softball is a love-hate relationship since I have played it so long.” Rigney sustained an injury this past volleyball season and tore some tissue on the side of her ACL. “I knew something was wrong because I couldn’t walk. I went to physical therapy and when I could walk again, I knew I wasn’t going to sit on the bench long. I wanted to get back on that court,” said Rigney. At the end of this past volleyball season, Rigney was named Piedmont District Player of the Year. She also earned a spot on First Team All-Region. 

Rigney has a lot of love for her fellow teammates. “The support system at Tunstall is just amazing. Our student section and athletic booster club is amazing. I love our booster club. I love it a lot at THS.”

Rigney on the THS varsity softball team during the 2021-2022 season.

Many of the girls on the team play both volleyball and softball as well. “I love each and every one of them. They are so enthusiastic and hype. They always hype me up and push me to the best of my abilities. They’re always cheering me on and keeping a positive attitude,” said Rigney.

Rigney’s older sister is her biggest influence when it comes to playing sports. “She’s always been my girl to look up to.” 

Rigney plans to attend Averett University in the fall of 2023 and play volleyball. Her intended major is business. 

“Don’t be scared. I’ve met a lot of girls who are too scared to try out or don’t think they aren’t good enough. Just have fun. Don’t take it too seriously. It’s just a game,” is Rigney’s advice for future players.