A second Tekamah-Herman senior softball player has signed up to play college ball.
In front of a room full of family, friends and teammates, Paige Reusch on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play softball at Midland University.
Midland coach Mike Heard said Reusch fits the bill of what Midland is looking for in players.
“We always look at the total student,” he said. “It’s more than being a good athlete. We want good students, good people, kids who want to be a part of campus and community life.”
Heard said Reusch’s biggest asset on the diamond is her speed. He said because of it she’s likely to end up in the outfield, “but we’ll do what we always do, we’ll sit down and have a conversation and decide what works.”
Reusch said she chose Midland over two other schools that had accepted her because the Fremont school offered the major she was looking for. Reusch said she’ll pursue a degree in psychology with a minor in behavioral analysis with the intentions of working with autistic children.
She said she also liked the campus while visiting there and liked the fact that it’s close to home.
“Having moved a few times when I was younger, I realize how important family is,” she said. “I like being close.”
During her senior campaign last fall, Reusch tied for second on the team with six doubles while hitting .380. She also poled three triples and a homer, scoring 15 runs and driving in 18 more.
Her 31 put outs led the outfielders while her four outfield assists tied for team honors.
As a testament to her speed, Reusch also has been a standout for the Tiger track team, qualifying for the Class C state meet the last two years as a member of the school’s 4x100-meter relay team.
Heard’s Warriors soon will embark on the 2019 season, They are coming off an 36-17 season that saw them tie for regular season honors, take second in the league tournament and advance to the championship game in their bracket of the opening round of the NAIA national tournament. Great Plains Athletic Conference coaches have tapped the Warriors as the preseason favorites to win the league title. Midland has six seniors on its 21-player roster for this spring, including two outfielders.
Tiger coach Abby Sheets said Reusch wouldn’t be limited to outfield play.
“She has a lot of potential,” Sheets said. “I’m excited for her. I know she had interest in Midland and I love it when local kids get to play locally.”