As a standout in more than one sport, Mya Murdock is sometimes faced with decisions regarding which game to emphasize.
The Central High School junior was one of the most consistent players on the floor for the girls basketball team during the regular season. She was second on the squad with 8.3 points and 2.6 steals per game. She also leads the 12-11 Warriors with 2.2 assists per game.
However, she couldn’t make it to Central’s game against Glenwood Springs on Jan. 18. She was overseas.
Murdock joined softball teammate Shae Grant and Grand Junction High School’s Erica Broderson on a trip to Europe to play for one of Team USA’s youth softball teams.
“It was people selected from the United States to go over there,” Murdock said. “They have three separate USA teams, so they split us up. I met people from everywhere, from Texas, Alabama, places like that.”
Murdock was one of the best players on one of the best softball teams in the state last season. She led the Warriors, who finished 22-4, in numerous categories — batting average (.494), runs scored (46), doubles (17), stolen bases (10) and putouts (99). Murdock was also third on the team in home runs (6) and RBI (32).
Grant, who led Central with 12 home runs and was second with 43 RBI, qualified for the trip to Europe and got to choose a teammate to travel with her. She opted for Murdock.
The first stop for three players from Grand Junction was Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands behind Amsterdam. That was where they played five games, three in one day.
They faced more elite talent than they’re used to in Colorado. Some of their opponents were even Olympic-caliber.
“We were playing all these different teams and some had Olympians there, so they were throwing hard,” Murdock said. “It was an experience. But it was really an experience for fun.”
In addition to their games in Rotterdam, Murdock, Grant and Broderson also got to explore other parts of Europe. While in the Netherlands, they visited Amsterdam and then traveled to Paris.
In France’s capital city, she got to see world-famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Arc de Triomphe.
The only issue Murdock ran into in Paris was her picky eating.
“Their food stuck out. It’s definitely different,” Murdock said. “I’m picky, so I just ended up eating a lot of pizza over there.”
Murdock hasn’t let the trip linger in her mind since returning home. She’s scored 63 points in Central’s nine games since returning (7 per game).
Murdock and the Warriors have one more home game, in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. After receiving the No. 26 seed, Central hosts No. 39 Pine Creek at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Leah Redding leads Central in scoring, averaging 13.6 points a game, with the Warriors’ lone senior, Nikki Madaris, adding 4.9 points and 4.8 rebounds for the defensive-minded Warriors.
Jordyn Gutierrez, a 5-foot-9 junior, averages 9.3 points a game for Pine Creek (9-14).
Murdock will jump at the next opportunity she gets to play softball in Europe, or anywhere else in the world.
“It was awesome,” Murdock said. “It was definitely an experience.”