PDT Sports Editor
LUCASVILLE—Not everyone gets the opportunity to showcase his or her athletic ability at the next level. Even fewer people get the chance to attend the college of their chose via scholarship.
Both opportunities came to fruition for Valley Senior Lindsay Ward Friday who chose to take her talents to the campus of Morehead State University.
“I chose Morehead because when I first went there I fell in love with the campus,” Ward said. “I feel like they are going to build up the program and I want to be a part of it.”
Ward, who played three seasons at Waverly before transferring to Valley for her senior campaign, is still committed and focused on this upcoming season.
“I hope we go to state,” Ward said. “I want to be a part of that and contribute any way I can.”
The presumed starting catcher for the Indians hit .586 a season ago for the Tigers with 31 runs batted in while scoring 34 runs of her own.
Despite her individual statistics and accolades, Ward is focused on her new team’s success.
“I’m just hoping we will have a good season this year,” Ward said.
Despite her high school success, Ward knows she still has room for improvement.
“I try to keep the negativity out of my head,” Ward said. “If I have a negative play, a strikeout our something, I try to stay positive. I’m an emotional player. I get into the game a lot.”
Even though Valley coach Montie Spriggs has yet to coach Ward, he knows what to expect from his talented senior.
“We’ve watched her play three years at Waverly and she’s done very well,” Spriggs said. “She’s got good work ethics and she wants to win, and she’s a very talented athlete. Morehead is getting a good athlete and she’ll do well there.”
As far as his squad is concerned, Spriggs isn’t concerned with Ward’s ability to fit into the Valley family.
“They (Ward’s teammates) all know her,” Spriggs said. “Most of them play travel ball with her. They’ve all accepted her in the school system and I think she’ll be a good fit in our program.”
With Ward reaching the next level, Valley Athletic Director Darren Crabtree knows the profound effect it will have on her fellow students.
“I think it shows through hard work and dedication, you give yourself an opportunity to better yourself as an athlete and a student,” Crabtree said. “With her academic and athletic performances, it’s awarded her a scholarship to Morehead. Hopefully through her leadership, younger girls will want to choose that same path. They can talk to her about it. They can see with her and Kayla signing on Wednesday, there are some good girl athletes in our program and there are opportunities out there for them.”
Fellow Indian Kayla Koch committed to Bowling Green State University.
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For breaking sports news, follow Chris on Twitter @crslone.