Hartselle's Leah Stephenson, front center, signed her letter of intent to play softball at Calhoun Community College. Seated with her are her parents, Chris and Renee Stephenson. Her coaches are, from left, (back) Kathy Cheatham, Robin Riley and head coach Christy Ferguson. | Brent Maze

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Stephenson signs with Calhoun

Published 1:59pm Thursday, February 7, 2013

Leah Stephenson will get the opportunity to continue her softball career after high school.

The Hartselle senior left fielder has her letter of intent to play softball at Calhoun Community College. She is the daughter of Chris and Renee Stephenson.

Stephenson said she is excited to get to play at Calhoun.

“They coaching staff is great,” Stephenson said. “They have a great program and I’m really looking forward to it.”

In the 2012 season, Stephenson scored 24 runs and batted in 17 for the Lady Tigers. She’s hoping for a big season this spring as well.

Stephenson began playing softball at the age of 4 and has been playing ever since, from little league teams up to being a part of the Lady Tigers’ softball program.

One of the highlights of her career is the fact that she’s been a part of four World Series travel ball teams. Her last one, the Decatur Dixie Debs, won the World Series two years ago.

“I was able to catch the final two outs of the championship game,” Stephenson said. “That was probably my favorite moment in my softball career.”

While she would like to continue playing softball at a four-year school, she has set her goal to become a registered nurse.

“I would like to get the chance to play at a four-year school,” Stephenson said. “If not, I will finish my two year degree in nursing, become a registered nurse and work to completing my nursing degree at a four-year school.”

Hartselle head softball coach Christy Ferguson said Stephenson is more than just a good athlete.

“I’ve pretty much gotten to see her grow up on the ball fields,” Ferguson said. “Calhoun is a perfect fit for her. She’s got great family support from her parents, aunts, uncles and others. I know Calhoun is getting not only a great softball player, but also a great student.”

 

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