Houma Christian softball player signs with Chipola College
Mon. January 21, 2013 at 10:56 a.m. | By Chris Singleton/Staff Writer
Houma Christian softball player Taylor Sons signed with Chipola College last week.
Softball plays an important role in Taylor Sons' life.
Sons, a senior at Houma Christian, said she started playing the game at an early age, and she hoped it would one day lead to a college scholarship.
After years of training and attending summer camps, Sons' talents on the softball field landed her an opportunity to continue her playing career on the next level.
Sons signed a scholarship to play at Chipola College during a ceremony held at Houma Christian on Thursday.
Sons, who expects to play either pitcher or second base at Chipola, said she was blessed to get the chance to play college softball.
"I'm really excited to pursue new things," Sons said. "This has always been one of my dreams since I was 7. I didn't know if I would actually be able to do it, but I worked hard through every summer and spring nonstop to get this. I finally accomplished it."
Chipola College, which is a member of the Panhandle Conference of the Florida Junior College Athletic Association, is based in Marianna, Fla.
Sons said Chipola has several top-ranked sports programs, and she believes she will fit in well at the school.
"The athletic program is really good," Sons said. "The campus is really nice. It's small, but not like to small. It's great over there. I thought about it. I felt good about it, so I'm confident with going to Chipola."
Sons spent her freshman and sophomore years playing at South Terrebonne, earning all-district and all-state honors with the Lady Gators. She attended Covenant Christian Academy as a junior, but didn't play softball. She transferred to Houma Christian and will play her senior season of softball with the Lady Warriors.
Houma Christian coach Christi Crowdus said Sons deserves the chance to play college ball.
"I've known Taylor for a few years," Crowdus said. "I've always known she was a good athlete. I was excited to know that she would be able to play us her senior year. She's an excellent athlete. She's an extremely hard worker, and she loves the game. I think that is what drives her and helps her get better each and every time she steps on the field."
Crowdus added that Sons will be a good fit for Chipola.
"Chipola is a very competitive junior college team," Crowdus said. "Many of their players have signed after two years with a Division I school. That is Taylor's ultimate goal, which is to sign with a D-I school after she played two seasons with Chipola."
Sons' former high school coach at South Terrebonne —- Kristi Blanchard — also attended Thursday's signing.
"Taylor is a phenomenal athlete and a close friend of mine," Blanchard said. "Being here is special because she is really an athlete that plays her heart out and leaves it all on the field, so I really can't wait to see what she's going to do for Chipola and hopefully when she gets picked up by a bigger university."
Sons is the second Houma Christian player to sign a softball scholarship during the current school year. Lady Warriors senior standout Lindsay Crowdus signed to play at the University of Memphis in November.
Now that she has signed her scholarship, Sons said she looks forward to helping the Lady Warriors this season.
"I'm hoping we win state," she said. "I'm going to be able to help Lindsay. She won't have to be the only pitcher. I want to help them whenever they need hitting. We have great players on the team, so I'm looking forward to being apart of it. — Staff Writer Teddy Renois