High School: East Wake
Also Considered: UNC-Wilmington
Why Appalachian State? Haley attended a camp in Boone last fall and fell in love with the atmosphere the minute she stepped foot on campus. “The head coach, coach (Janice) Savage, also was a huge part of my decision to attend App because she was like most coaches who have coached me,” she said. “Overall I just saw myself at App as a student athlete more than anywhere else I had considered.” Another one of her requirements, that not all schools could offer, was she wanted to attend a university that has a football program.
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Most Memorable: “My most memorable time at East Wake was when the softball team made it to the third round in the state playoffs my freshman year with my sister, Kate, who was a senior.”
Notable: Haley, who also played volleyball at East Wake, is an All-Greater Neuse River 4A Conference Academic fixture who was named All-Conference in softball last season and earned honorable mention her freshman and sophomore years. She was also the recipient of the Warrior Slugger Award in 2013.
East Wake coach Melissa Bell: “I believe Haley will love collegiate softball and there is great potential for her success. She is a workhorse and devotes extra time off the playing field to better herself as an athlete as well as her skills as a player. She does not settle for average for herself or for her teammates. I look forward to seeing her achievements through college on the field and in the classroom.
Compiled by Aaron Moody.