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January 24, 2014

CHS softball's Smith is Northern bound

CHICKASHA —

Chickasha softball will export one of its members to the far north of the state as Tori Smith signed her letter of intent to play at Northern Oklahoma College.

Smith, who spent time at catcher, second base, third base and in the designated hitter spot for the Lady Chicks last season, signed for the two-year school in Tonkawa at a ceremony on Thursday afternoon in the Chickasha High School library. Surrounded by her parents, James and Sylvia, and her teammates, Smith was thrilled to take this next step in her softball career.

"I liked the atmosphere of the campus and the coach [Karie Linsenmeyer,]" Smith said. "It looks like she has a good program for me, and it just seems like a good fit."

Smith said she plans to study nursing at Northern, and that is a major reason why she chose to play there.

"I want to go into nursing, so I can get my two-year program there and move on to complete it," she said. "My main focus is school. If everything works out, I can move on and play as well."

Lady Mavs assistant Brittany McKenzie was on hand to welcome the team's newest player. Northern is currently building their program up, and Smith is set to be a part of that.

"They're looking at third [base]," she said. "It'll be like it is on every other team. You can't just walk in and take a spot; you've got to fight every day for it. I'll be competing for that."

Smith was part of the 2012 Chickasha team that reached the 5A State Final and last year's team that fell in the regional quarterfinals to Tahlequah. She was named all-District second team for her efforts last season.

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