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HASKELL â€“ For Saline County, a student athlete signing to play their respective sport at the college level is nothing new. With Benton and Bryant growing at steady paces, both are right at the top of the rankings in many different sports each year.
But, one thing that the county has not seen much of over its existence is students moving on to the next level via the scholarship from Harmony Grove. Other than Dea Bates in 2007 with Henderson State University, no other girl has signed to play softball at the next level under head coach Sammi Masseyâ€™s tenure. That all changed Monday morning when four-year starting catcher Macy Coffee signed to play for Lyon College.
After graduating this past May, Coffeeâ€™s mind was set on attending the University of Central Arkansas. But, after a call from Lyon College, her mind quickly changed as she decided to continue her career as a softball player.
â€śI didnâ€™t really think I was good enough to (play),â€ť Coffee said. â€śIt was coach Massey that told me in the ninth grade that I had the potential to do whatever I wanted to.â€ť
Coffee later found out that she was much better than she was allowing herself to believe.
â€śI figured out that I was a little better than I thought I was,â€ť Coffee said. â€śMy summer league coaches never really gave me the chance (to show what I could do).â€ť
Coffee, a career .400 plus hitter over her four-year career at Harmony Grove, will take a big bat and stellar defense to Lyon in the fall. But for Massey, to see another athlete sign to play college almost left her speechless.
â€śI think the matter of her concentrating on just softball instead of multiple sports or activities will help her,â€ť Massey said. â€śWe are very proud of her and she will be missed. This is a great honor and she is a great kid.â€ť
Coffee also played basketball for Harmony Grove since the fifth grade.
As a softball player, Coffee was named All-Conference Honorable Mention her freshman year after breaking her thumb during the regular season. During her sophomore, junior and senior years, Coffee was named All-Conference and All-State all three years. She was also named to the All-State Tournament Team during her sophomore year.
Coffee also helped lead the Lady Cardinals to the state tournament all four years.View more articles in: