JDHS players on to college

Posted: Friday, April 14, 2006

Juneau-Douglas High School senior shortstop Victoria Powers signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play softball for Western Illinois University.

The Leathernecks play in NCAA Division I in the Mid-Continent Conference.

Powers, known as "Torie" to her teammates, hit .430 as a junior last season, as the Crimson Bears won a second consecutive state championship.

"She's very quick and heads-up; always knows where to go with the ball," JDHS coach Dave Massey said.

Massey should know, too. He's been coaching her on varsity since she was a freshman. He also coached her on other teams, including the Midnight Suns youth team, since she was 9-years-old.

Powers plans to major in athletic training at Western Illinois.

The Leathernecks are coached by Holly Van Vlymen. The team is currently 15-19-1 but totes an 8-3 record in conference play.

Powers won't be the only one playing at the next level. Second baseman Hannah Barril will be attending the University of Oregon, and centerfielder Alycia Cox is headed to Point Loma Nazarene University.

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"It's gratifying to have kids continuing their education, and using softball to help fund that," Massey said.

With three state championships since 1997, JDHS has sent numerous players to the next level.

Most notably, five different Juneau-Douglas products currently play for the University of Bridgeport in Massachusetts.

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