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First year members of the Virginia softball team will be revealing 25 random facts about themselves to each week as the Cavaliers gear up for the 2012 season. Last but not least is outfielder Heidi Velk, a native of Murrieta, Calif. Virginia opens the year Feb. 10-12 at East Carolina’s Pirate Classic in Greenville, N.C.

1. I have a bassett hound named Maddy Lemondrop.

2. I have never dyed my hair.

3. I alphabetize my coupon book.

4. I lived six houses down from Rickey Fowler’s caddy.

5. My dad was my middle school principal.

6. I have never met someone with the same last name as me who wasn’t a relative.

7. I lived around the corner from the man with the most Christmas lights in the country.

8. I sang the National Anthem for my elementary school every Friday morning.

9. I have a best friend named Heidi.

10. My aunt and uncle are my dentists.

11. I was my high school’s prom queen.

12. I did tumbling for four years.

13. I’ve attended American Idol and America’s Got Talent.

14. I never leave the house without Chap Stick.

15. I’ve panned for gold in Sacramento.

16. My nickname on the team is Panda.

17. I used to perform in a local musical theater group.

18. I hosted my high school’s morning video announcements.

19. I’ve read all of the Twilight books.

20. I’ve dislocated both of my shoulders.

21. I call “chips and queso” nachos.

22. I was forced to start playing softball when I was seven years old by my dad.

23. Rachel Gillen and I are known as “Villen.”

24. I know how to braid cornrows.

25. I’m obsessed with eating eggs.

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