Sports - High School

Jan 3, 2011 8:57 PM by David Ortiviz

UPDATED: Canon City teen remembered as energetic

Loud, bubbly and a leader. That's how teammates are remembering Samantha Gaunt of Canon City. The 17-year old softball player died in a car wreck Sunday. At school today, her friends shared memories as they heal from this tragedy.

"She was the one that would get you up when you were down," said her teammate Kellsey Johnson.

Members of the canon city high school softball team say samantha gaunt was simply energetic. "The bubbly giddy happy one all the time," said Johnson.

Gaunt played first base and she had a voice that carried across the field. "Oh my word, this girl was extremely loud," said Olivia Foraker, a teammate.

"She was always yelling at everybody," said Kaitlin Brownlee, another teammate.

"Sometimes she'd just yell across the field 'I love you Haily," said Haily DeSalvo, another teammate.

To her teammates, she was simply known as Sammy Jo. "Or Ginormica--that was her other nickname because she was the tallest person on the team and she wouldn't let you forget it," said Johnson.

She was a leader who made them laugh and never let them give up--even in the worst of times. " I think a couple of times she told me word for word 'Don't even think about quitting I'll kick your butt,' she was a great person," said Brownlee.

Gaunt was killed Sunday morning in Penrose when she crashed her car into this tree. State troopers believe she was speeding when she hit a patch of ice and lost control.

The news felt like a nightmare for family and friends. "You're waiting to wake up, it doesn't seem real," said Brownlee. "Cause it's Sammy Jo, she's such a big part of our lives."

Gaunt was a member of National Honor Society. After high school she planned to attend Colorado School of Mines.

On Monday grief counselors were at the school to help classmates through with this difficult loss. "And they said sometimes you just need to go on with your routine." said DeSalvo. But moving on is hard as they realize--the loud first baseman who always lifted up them, won't be returning to the ball field.

Guant's funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon in Canon City. The principal says students who wish to attend will be excused from class that day.



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