Milford softball stars will attend Transylvania

July 3rd, 2008    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Bethany Evans, a 2008 Milford High School graduate, has recently signed a college letter-of-intent to continue her studies and fast pitch softball career at Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.

“I was looking for a good school to play softball at. I wasn’t getting many offers because I was injured (torn ACL) all season. I decided to go to Transylvania because it’s a beautiful school and it has good academics,” said Evans.

As yet, she is undecided about her major course of study, but she said, “I may go into education because I want to coach when I get older, especially softball.”

At Milford, she competed in girls soccer and cross country one year each, played girls basketball all four years earning two letters and earned four letters in fast pitch softball. She was a Greater Miami Conference all-star on the diamond.

Out of uniform, she was a member of the National Honor Society, was a Teen Counselor, and a member of the Athletic Leadership Council.

A varsity softball game her freshman year is one of the prep athletic events of her stellar career that stands out in her mind. “We beat Lakota West 1-0 or 2-1 and it was the first time we had ever beaten them…My sophomore year was my first year of catching. We were playing a tie ball game with Lakota East when I doubled in the game-winning RBI (run batted in).”

Evans is thankful for the support and assistance she has received from several people.

“My mom and dad (Ken and Judy Evans) put in so much time and money for me and they always supported me…My brother (Nick) always supported me, too…Tom Wiseman (summer softball coach) was a good coach; he knew what he was doing…Key Voshell (Milford assistant softball coach) made me the catcher I am…Coach (Christie) Hensley and coach (Mike) Rapp always helped me and got me through a difficult senior year.”

“She started for me the first three years and this year had a torn ACL and could only play a few innings,” said Hensley, head coach of the E-Gals’ fast pitch softball team. “She is a team leader on and off the field and she is a good team motivator. We really missed her this year behind the plate.”

“From what I know about the school I’m real excited about her college choice. It’s very high up academically,” said her father who was a fine football player at Milford High in the late 1970s.

“I’m real excited for her. I’m happy for her especially after the year she’s just had with the torn ACL. It’s a good school, it’s very high academically,” her mom said.

April Myers signs her college letter-of-intent surrounded by her parents Sandy and Steve Myers and Milford fast pitch softball coaches Christie Hensley and Mike Rapp.
April Myers recently signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to attend Transylvania University, Lexington Ky.

The 2008 Milford High School graduate plans to major in the field of anthropology and to continue her impressive athletic career by playing fast pitch softball.

"I like Transylvania. It has a good reputation. Vice presidents and ambassadors went to school there. It has a great history," said Myers.

At Milford, she was a member of the student council and the National Honor Society. She and her brother, Chris, began an organization at MHS known as LEAF (Leaders and Environmentalists of Action Foundation).

On the athletic field, she was four-year letter earner in fast pitch softball and earned three letters in cross country. A four-year starter in softball, she was an all-star in the Greater Miami Conference and the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division. This year she was chosen by her teammates and coaches as the E-Gals' best defensive player.

Myers was a centerfielder for the softball team and she recalls being involved in "making two double plays from the outfield my junior year against Sycamore. Even though we've switched leagues they're still our arch-rival...This year I had the game-winning RBI (run batted in) against Anderson."

She owns the MHS record for most assists by an outfielder, seven.

"April started varsity for me all four years," said Milford head fast pitch coach Christie Hensley. "She is the best defensive outfielder I've ever coached. She has good speed and is fun to watch."

Said Myers of the people who have most positively impacted her life, "My mom (Sandy) and my dad (Steve) helped me out in everything...my family has been very influential and supportive...I got to meet Hillary Clinton and Jane Goodall and I was very impressed with them...my cross country coach, Matt Jordan, and my softball coaches, Hensley and Mike Rapp, helped me out a lot."

"April made an excellent choice for her college. The history of the school and the excellent academic record of the school are extremely impressive," said Myers' dad who stood out in several sports while he was a student at Milford High School.

"It's a division three school, and not very far away, and it's a liberal arts school with a lot of history there. I met some of the teachers and the (fast pitch softball) coach and I was very impressed with them. . . The school is ranked very high academically," said Myers' mom who is also an outstanding athlete having competed in the Boston Marathon.
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