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A large group of coaches past and present and teammates turned out in the SCHS library Thursday afternoon to see Shelby County senior Dee Dee Davis commit to play softball at Northern Kentucky University next year.
Davis, who has played with the Lady Rockets’ varsity squad since sixth grade, knew Northern was the school for her.
“They’ve had some really good seasons – they went 52-2 in 2006 – and I really liked the coaches and the area,” she said. “Plus, I’ve played against some of the girls that are there, so I kind of know a few of them.”
All of Davis coaches agreed that NKU is getting a steal with Davis, not only as a player but also as a leader.
“I don’t know if she’s the hardest working girl I’ve ever coached, but I know she’s the reason the rest of the girls on the team work so hard,” SCHS softball coach Kelly Cable said. “She’s the reason they lay-out [for fly balls], the reason they hook slide and the reason they work so hard. She’s a great role model and leader for us.”
Sally Zimmerman, the SCHS athletics director and former girls’ basketball coach said Davis is the hardest worker she’s ever had.
“She worked very hard for this opportunity, but she does that every day in practice, in games and in the classroom.”
Phillip Conder, the first year girls’ basketball coach said he couldn’t be happier for Davis.
“It’s really an honor to coach her,” he said. “She’s a great leader on the floor for us.”
Davis said she wanted to go ahead and get her commitment out of the way during the early November signing period, despite having a basketball and softball season left to go.
“I knew I wanted to play softball, and I just wanted to get the weight off my shoulders,” she said. “But I’m really excited about our upcoming seasons. In basketball, I think we’re going to be a little limited in our numbers, but we’ll be competitive. And in softball, I think we have a great chance to get to state again. It’s going to be a fun year.”