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May 11, 2014

Former bull rider now a WC softball standout

— COURTESY  - Weatherford College

Lauren Gunter’s nickname is Bull, but the fact that she is one very competitive athlete is no bull at all.

“Yes, my nickname will forever be Bull,” said Gunter with excitement. When I was younger, everyone started calling me that name because of my bull riding days, and the name stuck. I love having that nickname because it’s different, and it’s unique.”

Gunter is a freshman catcher on the Weatherford College softball team. The former Crowley standout grew up in a rodeo family.

“All of my life I’ve been around barrel racing and bull riding, so it just came so natural,” she said.

Actually, Gunter spent more time barrel racing than she did bull riding before she decided to concentrate on softball.

“My second time to decide to ride a bull in a rodeo, I was about eight years old and broke my wrist,” said Gunter. “I was in the chute waiting for everything to start, and the bull decided to rare up and fall over backwards.

“He fell on top of me and stomped on my wrist to break it. After going through all of that I was over and done with bull riding.”

But the nickname stuck. And she still occasionally will take in a rodeo.

“When I have free time from playing ball, I do go to rodeos with my mom because it’s something we’ve always done together,” Gunter said.

She also began playing softball at an early age, six. There was an instant attraction.

“I just couldn’t get away from it,” she said. “It’s grown to be so much more to me than just a sport.”

She played four seasons at Crowley. In her freshman and sophomore seasons the Lady Eagles reached the second round of the playoffs.

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