Macy Nordquist signs on with MUW softball

 

Macy Nordquist's parents sat to her side.

 

Paul Bowker

 

 

Macy Nordquist's parents sat to her side. 

 

Her Heritage Academy teammates gathered behind her. 

 

And then with a smile Tuesday afternoon, Nordquist signed a letter-of-intent to attend school and play softball at the Mississippi University for Women. 

 

It will be like going home for Nordquist, a shortstop who helped Heritage Academy to a 9-7 record this past fall. Heritage Academy is in Columbus. The W is in Columbus. The comfort zone is already there, and the Owls will be the ones to take benefit. 

 

"I've played with a couple of them," Nordquist said of the current team at The W. 

 

This year's team included three New Hope High School grads from Columbus: sophomores Anna Kate O'Bryant and Meredith Woolbright, and freshman Megan James. The Owls finished with a 22-9 record. John Newman is head coach. 

 

Nordquist was one of the team captains for the Patriots this past season, which produced the first winning softball record at Heritage in a few years. 

 

"She has a good work ethic, a positive player," said Justin Flake, her coach at Heritage. 

 

Nordquist has played for the varsity team at Heritage since she was a seventh grader. 

 

The small college feel was perfect for Nordquist, who plans to enter the nursing program at MUW. 

 

"It's kind of a small college, but still a university," she said. 

 

Nordquist is entering The W at a time when the school is transitioning into NCAA Division III status. By the time she is a senior, the Owls may be a full member in NCAA D-III. By the time she is a junior, the Owls will be eligible to play for D-III regional and national championships.

 

Paul Bowker is sports editor for The Dispatch.

 

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