by S. Purdom
Photo cutline: Prestley Blane (center) signs letter of intent with Bethel University Lady Wildcats Softball Team. Blane is pictured with family members (front row from left): Tucker, Bayleigh, and parents Stephanie and Gregory Blane. (back row from left): Rick Grogan, former MHS Softball coach, Larry Geraldi, Bethel University Lady Wildcats Softball coach, and Scott Tucker, MHS Softball coach.
Prestley Blane Signs Letter of Intent with Bethel University Lady Wildcats Softball Team
Murray, Ky., Jan. 24-----In a ceremony held inside the Murray High School Library, Prestley Blane, an MHS senior and member of the MHS Lady’s Softball Team, signed a letter of intent with Bethel University Lady Wildcats Softball Team.
Named all-conference pitcher in eighth grade, Blane moved from Stewart County High School to MHS her junior year. While a student at Stewart County High School Blane excelled both academically and athletically. A former two-year member of the Stewart County High School Varsity Softball Team, Blane has been a member of the MHS Lady’s Softball Team the past two years. Throughout Blane’s high school career, she has been a member of two softball travel teams, The Phillies and KY Reign. Through her combined tenure and efforts with both teams, 21 Champion tournament titles were captured, including the 2011 World Series (14 and under division) Champion Title in United Southern Girl’s Fast pitch.
Rick Grogan, former MHS Softball Coach, said it was a privilege coaching Blane for several years and is proud she is achieving her goal to continue playing at the collegiate level. “She was always one of the most, intelligent, competitive and hardest-working players whom I have had the opportunity to work with. Her on-field abilities and accomplishments speak for themselves and her quiet leadership is something that will be invaluable for her new teammates and coaches.”
Also, a two-year MHS Varsity Cross Team member, Blane assisted the team win back to back 2012 and 2013 regional champion titles.
Teresa Speed, MHS principal, complimented Blane for her efforts. “Prestley is a wonderful young lady, competitive in the classroom and on the softball field. She is an exemplary tiger.”
Located in McKenzie, Tenn., Bethel University is a private, four-year institution affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. With the TranSouth Conference dissolving, Bethel will be playing in the Southern States Athletic conference, which had five teams in the Top 25 in the NAIA final softball poll including the NAIA National Runner-up Spring Hill College.
Blane is the daughter of Gregory and Stephanie Blane, Murray.