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Sauk Valley Extra: Meet Eastland-Milledgeville's Miranda Grisham

Published: Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:40 a.m. CDT
(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Milledgeville-Eastland's Miranda Grisham is busy. She runs track. She was on Eastland's third-place basketball team. She also helps take care of seven horses.

What was it like to be on Eastland’s first state-qualifying basketball team?

It was completely incredible. We’re pretty much a family, all of us seniors are such good friends. It was always in the back of our our minds to attain that dream. Annawan kind of blew us out of the water, but we won the third-place game. We ended our season with a win, and not many teams get to say that.

Basketball or track?

Now that’s just not a fair question. I guess it’s whatever sport I’m in during that season. I don’t know – maybe track a little bit more, but I love playing with my team for basketball.

Goal this season for track?

I would absolutely love to go to state. Either the 200, 400 or long jump are my best. The 400 always has been, but man, that race is awful. It kicks your butt every time until you get in shape.

So you and your sister Abbey own seven horses. What’s up with that?

It teaches you responsibility. We’re responsible for doing our own chores. [Monday] night is a late night for me, so she’ll have to do the chores. She goes to Highland and is transferring to UW-Platteville, so next year, it’s all on me. I love our horses. They’re so sweet. Each one of them has their own personality.

What do you do with the horses?

We teach Grisham Girls riding lessons, for all sizes of people. As they get better, we graduate them up to a bigger horse. There are two quarter horses, and Abbey and I barrel race them in county fairs. There’s one pony, her name is Princess, and that’s for small kids. And we have four minis. We hook them up to carts, and we have miniature saddles that we put on them too, for little kids.

Horses for life?

Definitely. I will definitely live in the country and definitely always have horses. They’re just like a second family to me.

Any cool deer hunting stories?

I starting going when I was 14. My dad and I both shot at one, but I’m pretty sure he shot it. Last year, my brother got a 14-point buck.

Fishing tales?

We went to Canada this year as a family, along with some friends. It was so fun.

How many walleye did you bring back?

Oh my gosh, our limit, that’s for sure. We caught so many. It was just incredible. There were eagles everywhere. We were secluded. You couldn’t have outside contact, which was really nice. Nobody got caught up using their phones or worrying about time. When sunset came, that’s when supper was.

So in the summer, you’re a lifeguard at Lake Carroll pool. Ever save any lives?

Yeah, a few. There’s some little, rowdy kids that I’ve had to pull out of there.

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