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Ashlyn Wadley made a dream come true Wednesday morning when she signed a letter if intent to play softball at Concordia University Nebraska next fall.
The 17-year-old Guymon High School senior has wanted to go to Concordia in Seward, Neb. The private university is the alma mater of her grandmother, retired Guymon teacher June Wadley.
â€śI went to a youth gathering in New Orleans and they had information about Concordia,â€ť Wadley said.
Then a sophomore, she began to look into going to Concordia and discussed her plans with Guymon High School softball head coach Wesley Bryson.
Wadley visited the campus located near Lincoln, Neb., last summer. She met the softball coach.
She said she will major in major nutrition at Concordia.
â€śI want to be a sports nutritionist and make meal plans for sports teams,â€ť she said.
Likely post college employment opportunities will be at colleges but professional sports programs are a possibility.
â€śYou never know,â€ť Wadley said.
The four-year varsity starter at Guymon played outfield during her freshman year, first base as a sophomore and junior, and center field when she returned to playing this season at Woodward Monday night.
Concordia signed her as an outfielder.
An injury sustained during a preseason practice put the senior standout on the bench for the season.
One of two seniors on a young squad dominated by freshmen and sophomores, Wadley missed most of the season. She was an occasional courtesy runner several times during the season.
She was recently medically cleared to play after surgery on her arm about a month ago.
The Lady Tigers play at Class 4A softball districts at Woodward High School Thursday with Woodward as the sole opponent, playing the best two out of three for a trip to Regionals. Wadley expects to play in those games.
â€śI feel good. My arm feels fine,â€ť Wadley said.
Concordia University, Nebraska is a private, coeducational institution that is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Wadley will play softball next year for the Bulldogs, a team where five players were named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes and five were named to All-GPAC teams.
The school with about 2,200 students is ranked in the top tier of the Midwest Regional Colleges category in U.S. News and World Reportâ€™s rankings
â€śIâ€™m excited to play college ball,â€ť Wadley said.
â€śThanks to everyone who supported me, to Coach Bryson and Coach (Troy) Cox for teaching me everything I know,â€ť she said.