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CHS senior to play softball at Lindsey Wilson College
Brenna Wethington 'She is a heck of a softball player. An even better person' - WESTON JONES
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By Calen McKinney, Public Information Officer
Campbellsville Independent Schools (CIS)
Campbellsville High School senior Brenna Wethington will continue her softball career this fall at Lindsey Wilson College.
Wethington and her teammates, friends, family members and coaches gathered on Wednesday, Jan. 11, for a formal signing ceremony.
CHS Principal Kirby Smith said it's always a great day when a student moves on after their high school career to play at the next level.
"That's quite an accomplishment," he said.
"She's a good kid," Smith said. "Gonna miss her here."
Smith said Wethington has a great family, with lots of support, and he knows her new LWC family will be pleased with the student, athlete and person who will soon be on the LWC campus.
"I know you're very well pleased with the person you're getting," he said.
CHS softball coach Weston Jones said he has coached Wethington for about eight years.
"She is a heck of a softball player," he said. "An even better person."
Jones said he remembers putting Wethington in the outfield as a fifth-grader.
"She has been an integral part of the team," he said.
But before Wethington puts on a LWC jersey, Jones said, she has some unfinished business in her CHS softball jersey.
Wethington - who also plays for the CHS girls' basketball team - will soon begin her final softball season as an Eagle.
"I'm proud of you," Jones told Wethington.
LWC head softball coach David Dews said he feels honored that Wethington has chosen to continue her softball career on his team.
"We never underestimate the value in that," he said.
Dews said he and his coaching staff members will do their best to help Wethington grow as a softball player, student and person.
"We're honored that you're gonna be a part of our family."
Wethington thanked her first softball coaches - Sarge Pollock and Jim Sabo - for helping create her love for the game.
"We have a lot of memories," she said. "They helped me grow a lot."
Wethington thanked Campbellsville Board of Education member Suzanne Wilson, who she says is the backbone of the CHS softball team.
"She has loved and supported us as her own," Wethington said.
She thanked her parents, John and Sheila, and her brother Mason, for being her main support system.
Wethington said they have driven her to countless games and practices, traveled with to play with many travel teams and washed lots of uniforms.
"Thank you," she said to them.
Smith said the CHS softball program has come a long way in recent seasons.
"It's great to see the success you've had," he said to Wethington. "You've been a huge part of that."
To Wethington's parents, Smith said, "Thank you for allowing us to have Brenna."
After the ceremony, Dews said Wethington will play in the infield, likely at first or third base, and he and his coaching staff members like her raw power.
Wethington will wear No. 14 as a LWC Blue Raider.
"She's going to fit in really well with our kids and the character of our kids," Dews said.
Practice will begin in the fall, he said, and Wethington will focus all of her attention to softball and academics.
While Wethington won't be playing basketball in college, that will only benefit her when it comes to devoting all her energy to the softball field, Dews said.
Dews said Wethington is the last signee for her class of players.
"She's the final piece that we've needed to pull the trigger on it," he said.
Dews said Wethington and all of his players will compete for playing time, but he believes she will be a great contributor to his team.
He said he believes Wethington knows how to be a part of a team, and that will help her on the softball field and in life.
"We felt like she's a good fit," he said.
Wethington said she isn't sure yet what she wants to study in college, but she is considering education and sports medicine.
Attending LWC, she said, is something that has always been on her list.
"It's been my No. 1 choice," she said.
Wethington's brother, Mason, graduated with the CHS Class of 2012, and completed a bachelor's degree at LWC last May. Her father, John, has been the head coach of the LWC women's basketball team since 1990.
Wethington said she likes the atmosphere of the LWC campus.
"I've grown up there, and they're just really nice," she said.
Wethington said she already knows some of her LWC teammates, and looks forward to her first season as a Blue Raider.
This story was posted on 2017-01-15 04:40:45
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