MAIDEN, N.C.––Local high school softball stand-out Addyson Ikard recently signed with Lees-McRae College.
That’s the word this week from proud coach Butch Parker. Also the athletic director at Ikard’s school, Maiden High, Parker extolled Ikard as a talented and versatile athlete.
“Addy, as we call her, has a strong bat, fought through an injury this year and is true team player,” he said. “She changed positions this year to help her team.”
Parker, Maiden High Principal Rob Bliss and members of Ikard’s family were among those recently on hand at the school for the big signing ceremony.
And Friday, Ikard herself offered more explication.
“Yes,” she said, “it was a tough junior year. It was about halfway kind of toward the end of the season that I went out with an injury in my right hand. It kept me out for about two to three weeks. It was hard, because all through high school, I had never been hurt, and that was tough. But I worked on conditioning while I was out, which helped a lot!
“But also this year, I was faced with a change,” Ikard continued, “and I’m not a fan of things changing. But sometimes, you have to, and I’m thankful for that. It gave me the opportunity to play different positions and get a feel for different things.”
Ikard is looking forward to attending Lees-McRae. It’s a private, four-year college that is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Located in Banner Elk, its Appalachian altitude makes it the highest college in elevation east of the Mississippi River. A small and charming community in Avery County, Banner Elk is known for milder summers and for colder, snowier winters than most folks experience in the Piedmont.
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