Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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May 29, 2014

Lady Owl signs to continue softball career at next level

Joshua’s Massey inks with University of the Ozarks

JOSHUA — Joshua senior Beth Massey signed a softball letter of intent with the University of the Ozarks on Wednesday.

Massey has been a cornerstone player for the successful Lady Owls’ softball program since her freshman year, Coach Traci Bransom said.

“I’m very proud of her,” Bransom said. “Since her freshman year, she’s played several positions for us. She’s never complained. She’s moved wherever we needed her to play to make the team successful. She always worked hard and was a leader. She was a kid we could always count on offensively and defensively.”

Massey was a first-team selection in District 8-4A voting this season. Last year, Massey earned second-team All-Johnson County and second-team all-district honors. She is also one of five Lady Owls who will appear on the 2014 All-Johnson County team.

In her senior season, Massey saw time at several defensive positions, including third base and shortstop, and she batted anywhere from lead-off to the clean-up spot.

The Lady Owls came in second place in District 8-4A play this season behind undefeated district champion Burleson Centennial.

Joshua has been a consistent postseason participant in recent seasons, and with players such as Massey signing at the collegiate level to continue her playing career, it can only bring more success to the program.

“It means a lot for the program,” Bransom said. “These young ladies that sat here and watched her sign, they can aspire to do the same thing. Hopefully it will encourage them to work hard and let us be a little more successful so that more kids can get a look and possibly go to college.”

The University of the Ozarks is a private, four-year university located in Clarksville, Ark. The Eagles compete in the American Southwest Conference.

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