While nearing the start of their 2014 season, the Lady Coyotes softball team at Weatherford College is already looking to future seasons after signing seven new players last week.
Courtney Cleveland of Weatherford High School kicked off the week when she verbally “signed” her letter of intent before putting pen to paper Jan. 15 to make it official.
"She looked around at other colleges, but she kept coming back here," Buster Cleveland said of his daughter’s choice. "It was her first love."
Coach Haylee Williams has given hitting lessons to Courtney since she was a sophomore and said they look forward to having the outfielder join them.
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"Courtney’s a hard worker and a good athlete," Williams said. "She’s a good kid and a sweet girl. Her being from the area was a bonus."
Courtney said the opportunity to play for a good program close to home did play a key part in her decision. But for now she looks forward to finishing up her senior year and last season to play for WHS.
While at WC, Courtney hopes to study to one day be a physical trainer or therapist.
Courtney first started playing softball when she was four years old and continued with her dad’s encouragement. She played Texas Elite and last summer she had a batting average of .412 and 6 RBI as the lead-off batter.
Courtney was thrilled when WC added their softball program to the other already existing athletics available.
"I’m very excited that Courtney will get to be a part of it," Cleveland said of the young program.
Weatherford College’s softball program has only been in existence a few seasons but has already had success. With the new season approaching, they hope to add to that success.