Two area athletes commit to colleges
Tia Collins is taking her softball skills to the next level.
The Brodhead High School senior will play Division I softball for UW-Green Bay. Collins will sign her official national letter of intent on Monday.
Collins, who catches for the Cardinals but will likely move to outfield in college, is the school's season record-holder in batting average (.538) and runs scored (32). She is a three-time All-Rock Valley South first-team selection and a catalyst for the Cardinals as the leadoff batter.
"Tia has the physical skills to be a very good college player," Brodhead coach Steve Krupke said. "She catches for us because that's where we need her most, but she patrols the outfield for a very good club team (The Blitz), and I would expect her to do the same in college.
"Green Bay offered her a scholarship early on, and she wanted to go there. It's a great fit for both. Tia can now go about her business her senior season and not worry about where she's going to school."
Ranney set to sign with Western Michigan
After verbally committing to play volleyball at Western Michigan in July, Palmyra-Eagle High School senior Richelle Ranney will make it official Thursday.
Ranney will sign a national letter of intent to play for the Division I school in Kalamazoo, Mich., at 8 a.m. in the school gymnasium.
Ranney, the school's career record-holder for kills with 885, was the 2010 Player of the Year in the Rock Valley South Conference. She also set a single-season school record for kills with 526.
"It has been a real pleasure to coach a true athlete like Richelle," Palmyra-Eagle girls volleyball coach Sue Fischer said. "She is not only a spectacular volleyball player but a true team player. She made all of those around her better."
Ranney helped lead the Milwaukee Sting club team to a third-place finish at the national meet in 2010.