By Daniel L. Chamness
When Nick Short, the head coach of the Olney Central College Blue Knight softball team, had to know when he recruited Addyson Ring he was getting not only a great softball player, but a well-rounded athlete and a well-rounded person.
“I was planning on just being a college student,” said Ring about her path to OCC. “Jessica (Martin) and I talked about Olney Central softball quite often. When she talked about college softball it was always positive. She told me it was a great experience and I would not regret it. After Emily (Czerwonka) decided, I talked to Jessica and my parents (Shane and Amber Ring of Tuscola) and decided to play. I look forward to playing in college, but looking forward to making the journey with one of my best friends and long-time teammates. During my freshman year, I want to prove to the coaching staff that I should be playing because of the hard work I put in. I want to make a positive impact on the team.”
Many, many athletes in the past have used their previous year to motivate them to a better upcoming year. For various reasons.
Emily Czerwonka, a Tuscola senior and recent Olney Central College signee, is doing just that.
While her junior year was not what she wanted statistically, it was enough to earn her all-conference status in the Central Illinois Conference. Czerwonka, who has played both corners of the infield, playing at first base and third base for Tuscola. As a sophomore, she would have she would hit .443 smacking 43 hits in 97 trips to the plate. Of her hits, four were doubles and two were homers.