COLLEGE SOFTBALL: NEWARK VALLEY'S WANDELL HEADING TO FREDONIA DIAMOND
(2021-06-11)BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — The Newark Valley softball team was expecting to take their game to another level last year. Unfortunately, COVID-19 struck.
One of the premier players on that team, Allie Wandell, will now get the chance to take her game to a higher level next season — with the SUNY Fredonia program. She signed a National Letter of Intent here Friday to continue her education and career as a Blue Devil.
The Devils played just four games before the pandemic hit last year, but got 20 in this season. They went 9-7 in the SUNYAC (9-11) this season and Wandell is hopeful her competitive spirit will make her a good fit next season.
"I feel as though I have a hard working, competitive and focused attitude to offer on the field," she said.
Wandell's connection with the softball program helped make Fredonia a good choice.
"Fredonia is an academically focused school, but also has a competitive softball team," she said. "I really connected with the coach and loved his coaching style.
"Fredonia is a great distance from home and has a beautiful campus."
Wandell believes the overall college experience will help her develop as a student athlete.
"I hope to become a well rounded athlete and student," she said. "I hope to meet great people and earn an important role on the softball team through my hard work."
Not only was Wandell a key contributor as the Cardinals' shortstop, who was also a major role player with the volleyball and basketball teams. The spikers won the last two IAC Large School championships, as did the basketball team.
(Courtesy of NV Athletic Department)
Jason Monte, Softball:
"Extremely knowledgeable and has a great understanding of the game. Covers a lot of ground in the field and has a tremendous arm. Her improvements in hitting this year with power and contact make her a very dangerous player. Continues to improve and get better every year and is willing to work and put the time in to succeed."
Kelsey O'Donnell, Volleyball:
"She has a competitive spirit and drive that all coaches dream of, on top of natural athletic abilities that make her an all-around phenomenal athlete. I will miss her tenacious spirit and the impactful presence she had on her team, but know with certainty that she will be a great addition to the Blue Devils next year."
Greg Schweiger, Basketball:
Allie has demonstrated that she has the athleticism and skill to excel at multiple sports. She is the consummate three sport athlete. She will bring a great work ethic and winners' mentality.
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