Archive for Wednesday, February 2, 2005

McLouth softball standout first to sign with college team

February 2, 2005

Ashley Alloway recently became McLouth's first athlete to sign a collegiate letter of intent in either baseball or softball.

Alloway, a pitcher for the Bulldog softball team, has signed with Coffeyville Community College.

Alloway also had received interest from other community colleges and four-year colleges Benedictine and Kansas Wesleyan.

But she went with the Coffeyville Ravens.

"It was really the coaches that set it off," Alloway said.

When Alloway played in a showcase tournament, players were assigned to college coaches. Alloway drew the Coffeyville coach.

In the junior college ranks, Alloway also gained interest from Neosho County, Colby and Pratt, along with other Kansas junior colleges.

Alloway even made a trip to Colby in western Kansas, a location that's far from McLouth but much closer to her beloved Denver Broncos.

Colby, however, doesn't have an athletics training program, which she plans to major in with a minor in business.

Once she completes her eligibility at Coffeyville, Alloway, hopes to play at either Fort Hays State or Emporia State.

Before she begins her college career next year, however, she will finish her prep career this spring at McLouth with one goal in mind -- an MHS state appearance.

The last three years, the Bulldogs have finished successful seasons as sub-state runners-up.

In addition to playing for the Bulldogs, Alloway has played since she was about 11 years old for the Leavenworth Twisters competitive summer team.

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