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INA, Ill. (July 16, 2012) – Mount Vernon Township High School softball center fielder Cheyenne Morgan has signed with the Rend Lake College Lady Warriors.
Morgan joined her parents, Jeremy and Tonya Morgan, and coaches Friday at the Ina campus to sign her national letter of intent. Morgan played softball and volleyball all four years at MVTHS. She also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore. She was a four-year starter in softball. This past season Morgan was named Second-Team All-South 7 Conference after hitting .319 with five triples and three doubles, and 20 stolen bases. Morgan led the Lady Rams in steals and triples as a senior, and committed only two errors in the field.
Lady Warriors Head Coach Dave Ellingsworth said he likes Morgan’s speed, accurate arm and power with the bat.
“I saw her in two games this spring. In the first, she slapped a one-hopper over the left-center-field fence and in the other, she slapped a one-hopper over the right-center-field fence,” said Ellingsworth.
Moreover, he added, the veteran coach likes that she is a good person and a good student.
“She is a very, very talented player. She has a lot of potential,” said former Lady Rams Head Coach Amy Johnson. “She has come a long way since I first started coaching her.”
Morgan said Johnson started coaching her in the seventh grade and helped her develop into a left-handed hitter. She said MVTHS coach Tom Fulkerson also helped her develop as a hitter, and she thanked Lady Rams assistant coach Amanda Kuberski for talking to Ellingsworth about recruiting Morgan. Kuberski - her maiden name is Perjenski – is a member of the RLC Sports Hall of Fame. She was inducted in 2009 as a member of the 1995-96 Lady Warriors softball team, and again in 2010, as an individual athlete.
“I’m looking forward to watching Cheyenne play down here,” Johnson said.
RLC’s size and close proximity to her hometown are what Morgan likes most about the college.
“I’ll get to know a lot of people and my parents can go to all the games,” she said.
“One of the things we like most is that she is close to home,” Tonya Morgan said.
Cheyenne Morgan wants to major in psychology, earn a master’s degree and one day help children in the legal system. For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.