Two Clinton High School softball players recently signed national letters of intent and will continue their academic and athletic pursuits in college.
Tomi Taylor and Bree McKamey finalized their college plans as they officially made their decisions for the next phase of their education and softball careers.
Taylor, a two-sport athlete for the Lady Dragons, will play softball at Maryville College. A senior shortstop, she helped Clinton reach the Region 2-AAA tournament in each of the past two seasons.
She also played volleyball for head Coach Lorri Johnson’s team, which won the District 3-AAA tournament for the first time in school history and hosted the Region 2-AAA tournament for the first time.
Taylor, a member of the District 3-AAA Volleyball All-Academic Team, said she chose to play for the Scots and attend Maryville College because of the beauty of the campus and the softball coaching staff.
“It has a beautiful campus and the coach is really nice,” Taylor said after signing her letter of intent on Monday afternoon as her family, friends, coaches and teammates were in attendance at the ceremony. “I want to be a part of something that’s growing.”
Taylor noted that she’s glad to be close to home, although that wasn’t a big factor in her decision.
“I wanted to live on campus, whether I was going to play softball or not,” said Taylor, who also considered Johnson University in Knoxville. “It’s going to be nice living in Maryville and getting to come home to Clinton when I want to.
“It wasn’t a factor, but it will be nice to be close to home.”
As a small school, Maryville has a low student-to-teacher ratio, preferred by many student-athletes. But for Taylor, that also didn’t matter.
“I wasn’t so concerned with class size,” she said. “I was more concerned with the environment.”
Taylor will enter Maryville as an undeclared major. She does, however, have a pair of career ideas.
“I’m looking at either pre-physical therapy or early education,” she said. “I’m just thankful to have this opportunity, because not everybody gets it.”
McKamey, an outfielder and pitcher for the Lady Dragons, will play at Roane State Community College in Kingston. She could not be reached for comment.