OTTUMWA — The good news for Tara McClure-Isable is that she’s been here before.
As the Cardinal High School alum prepares to be inducted into the Lousiville Cardinal athletic hall-of-fame on next weekend, McClure-Isable can take some comfort in the knowledge she’s been through these kind of ceremonies before. It was just a couple years ago, in fact, that McClure-Isable returned to southern Iowa to be the first softball player inducted into the Indian Hills Athletic Hall-of-Fame.
That doesn’t mean that it won’t still be hard for McClure-Isable to find all the right words to describe what an honor it is to, once again, be honored as the first softball player to be honored by two different schools. Like she did back in February of 2012 at IHCC, McClure-Isable will be the first softball player to be honored by the University of Louisville’s Athletic Hall-of-Fame on Jan. 11.
“The biggest struggle is I’ve got so much to say and so many people to thank,” McClure-Isable said. “I’ll probably still get tongue-tied. The biggest problem I always have is to figure out how to thank all the people I need to thank and all the people that have been such a huge part of my life.
“I just hope I get the opportunity, and the time, to do it.”
Breaking new ground with the Louisville softball program is nothing new for McClure-Isable, who chose the first-year program as her first home-away-from-home. After playing her two years of college at nearby Indian Hills, McClure-Isable had more than just a change of scenery to adapt to when she joined the Cardinals.
Besides being away from her home in Wapello County for the first extended time in her life, McClure-Isable was in a unique situation of being part of a program that had no history whatsoever. Louisville’s inaugural softball season coincided with McClure-Isable’s junior season.