Ariana Potter announced via Twitter that she has verbally committed to play college softball at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid last Sunday.

"I am happy for Ariana Potter, and her decision to attend Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, McPherson softball head coach Danica Fitzmorris said. "She has looked at a few schools and was able to make a connection with the coaches and players there. Since I've known her, she has always wanted to play collegiate softball while completing her academic collegiate goals. She has worked hard to become an exceptional catcher, and I hope to see great things from her this year. Her work ethic is superior. Her leadership on the field will be essential in her senior year of high school ball. I look forward to seeing her help other athletes excel at the game. She's such a great role model to learn from."

One of the main reasons she chose to play at NOC-Enid is because she gets to reunite with Megan Hill, who was her head coach when she played for the Kansas Blue Sox club team. She also enjoyed making her visit there and like what she saw in the facilities.

"I would also like to use NOC-Enid as a stepping stool to further my softball and academic careers," Potter said.

Potter had a batting average of .379, recording 11 hits, 15 RBIs and five home runs lasts eason. She returns for her senior season with hopes of building a winning program before she graduates.

"I would like to be apart of the start of change for the McPherson High softball program," Potter said. "Hopefully get a few more wins than last year, and maybe even a trip to state."

Mastre signs to Bethel

CANTON— Jayci Mastre made it official on Wednesday as she signed her letter of intent to play softball and be part of the cheerleading squad at Bethel College. 

"The environment was very friendly and everyone I met was very inviting. The campus was beautiful," Mastre said. "I knew I wanted to be a future Thresher when I went on my visit. I look forward to participating in the classes and can't wait for the upcoming season with them."

Mastre, who has been a tri-athlete throughout her high school career, has been an impactful player on the softball field and is expecting to have a strong senior season.

Mastre plans to study conflict of resolution, which is also criminal justice.

"I want to go into criminal justice because there is always something new happening within the field and nothing is ever predictable," Mastre said.

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