Local talent stays local

Local talent stays local

Thomas Pregano

Sports editor

It’s always a great story to hear that three local women’s softball players will stay local, for at least two years anyway.

Three girls, Alissa Dawson, Riana Schmid and Amanda Tacabery, will be playing this spring for the Lady Skippers Softball team.

Alissa Dawson, 18, a freshman from Imlay city, chose St. Clair Community College, because according to her she wanted to continue playing softball. Dawson has been playing since she was 5 years old.

Dawson is taking general classes at SC4 and is not sure about a major. Dawson likes to hang out with friends and work out every day when she is not playing softball.

Dawson will patrol the outfield this year for the Lady Skippers and according to Head Coach Ron Matthews is the best outfielder he has ever had.

Matthews said, “She has a good arm and hits the ball really well.”

Riana Schmid, 18, also a freshman, chose SC4 because she didn’t want to go away to school just yet.

Scmid is majoring in Radiology right now but according to her she will be changing it. Schmid said, “I’m not sure what I will major in.”

Schmid has been playing softball since she was 7 or 8 years old. Scmid played third base at the high school level and she will continue to play the hot corner and a little first base according to Matthews.

Matthews said, “She has a power stick looking for her to bat behind Ashley Valle” according to Matthews Valle got walked a lot last year, with Scmid behind her Valle will see better pitches.

Amanda Tacabery 18 also a freshman from St. Clair High School majoring in physical therapy also wanted to stay close to home. She will be one of the Lady Skippers catchers this spring.

According to Matthews, Tacabery is a strong girl, with a good arm and a good bat.

All in all, with the recruiting of these 3 girls by Matthews, and the decision to stay local, SC4 and Port Huron will be the winners this year.

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