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Pritchett signs with Crowder College

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Nevada High School senior Mackenzie Pritchett gathered with members of her family, as well as Nevada High School head softball coach Tammy Holcomb, assistant coach Danny Penn and Crowder College softball coach Lori Videmschek in the Nevada High School Library/Media Center Friday afternoon to sign a letter of intent to play for the Lady Roughriders next season.
By Eric Wade

Nevada Daily Mail

Friday marked the official departure of a third member of the Nevada Lady Tigers softball team that has dominated the competition for the better part of the past four years for the ranks of college ball. Mackenzie Pritchett joined fellow seniors Christian Novak and Victoria Culbertson in the ranks of college softball signees from the Class of 2013 when she signed a letter of intent to play for the Lady Roughriders of Crowder College in the Nevada High School Library/Media Center Friday afternoon.

Pritchett appeared in a total of 106 games in her four years as a member of head coach Tammy Holcomb's Lady Tigers varsity squad. In those four seasons with Pritchett starting at second base, the Lady Tigers won three district championships -- all in the past three seasons -- and won the only State Championship in program history in 2010.

Pritchett said the relationships she has built with her teammates throughout their time together that dates back to well before high school, as well as her coach, are among the things she will miss most as she embarks on her college career. But even more than that, the memories of the 2010 Class 3 State Championship will never fade away.

"Winning the State Championship, it doesn't get better than that," Pritchett said.

Pritchett finished her high school career with a .392 batting average, 121 hits, 53 RBIs, nine stolen bases and 103 runs scored in 380 plate appearances. Her only career home run came in her junior season.

Pritchett said it was an easy decision to sign with Crowder. There really weren't any other viable options she wanted to pursue, so when Lady 'Riders head coach Lori Videmschek came calling, what to do was a no-brainer.

"She came to my game and I basically knew from the start I wanted to go there," Pritchett said. "So, it was really easy."

Now that she has made her plans to attend Crowder official, things get a little more complicated, though. Pritchett's plan now is to simply focus on getting her general education courses taken care of before deciding on a major when she makes the transition to a four-year college.

"I plan to just get my Gen Eds out of the way and then try to decide what I'd like to do," she said.

Not knowing just yet what she'd like to do with her education made the decision to attend Crowder even easier than it already was. "Well, my A+, so it's pretty cheap to go there and she has a really good program," Pritchett said. "So I'm excited to start there."

Also among the list of unknowns is just where Pritchett will continue her education once she completes her two years at Crowder. There aren't any specific schools that she has considered at this point, but with two years at Crowder still ahead, there is more than enough time to make up her mind and the prospects of continuing her playing career will play a major role in the decision she will eventually be forced to make.

"Wherever I can get a scholarship, I'd like to go on, I think," she said.

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