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Stith signs letter with TMC

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By Matt Birkholtz

Grant County High School senior Erica Stith signed her national letter of intent to play softball for Thomas More College, May 11 in the GCHS library.

“It was so exciting,” Stith said. “I was looking forward to 2:30 p.m. to sign the paper. I was thinking of it all week.”

Stith, who has played softball for GCHS since 2008, will be trading in her blue and gold for just blue with TMC.

“They have really good academics and I like the coaches and the team a lot,” Stith said.

Even though she has signed with another school, her mind is still set on finishing her final season in a Grant County uniform.

“It’s going to be hard,” Stith said. “It’s crazy to think the year is almost over.”

The Lady Braves are heading into the final week of the regular season with a record of 17-12.

Stith said she has enjoyed playing for coach Ott Reed and having her father, Jeff Stith, coaching her along the way.

“Coach Reed has helped me a lot,” Stith said. “He has really encouraged me and has been a great coach to have.”

Reed said he has enjoyed coaching a player like Stith.

“Hard work and perserverance have paid off for Erica,” Reed said. “She is fundamentally as sound as any player I have coached. She is a team player first and foremost.”

Stith also played basketball for the Lady Braves, but softball has always been her passion since she was a little girl.

“I started with T-ball and I just fell in love with the game,” Stith said. “I love the team atmosphere.”

Stith looks up to both of her parents, who have cheered her all the way.

“It was great to share the moment with my family,” Stith said.

She plans to get a degree in biology while attending TMC.

“I have always wanted to work in the medical field,” Stith said. “I have always wanted to help people and with this degree, I can do so much with it.”

Stith and fellow senior, Morgan McClure were honored on senior night May 15. Look for photos from the game in next week’s Grant County News.