Senior Jules Donnelly is a member of our varsity softball team. She played tee ball at the age of five and played baseball for most of her childhood and has now been playing varsity softball for four years. Jules started playing softball towards the end of her eighth grade year.
Before her commitment, Jules was on the radar of several collegiate softball programs including York College of Pennsylvania, Frostburg State University, New England College, Stevenson University, Alvernia University, and Lynchburg College.
During her junior year, Jules decided to continue her education and softball career at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.
“CNU reminded me a lot of JC. There is a community feel the minute you step on campus. “The campus is absolutely gorgeous. The school takes great pride in having all-around great athletics while having strong academics, and that was something I really wanted in a school,” Jules said.
Jules is a versatile player who plays catcher for John Carroll but has been recruited for college as an outfielder.
Being a senior this year, Jules looks to be a leader on her team and influence her teammates.
“My biggest challenge is the upperclassmen that I looked up to are no longer here, and I’m now one who underclassmen look to for advice. I want to be a good role model for them and help them succeed,” Jules explained.
Within the past four years, the John Carroll softball team has experienced a lot of success competing for a championship title.
“My biggest accomplishment was winning the IAAM ‘A’ Conference Championship freshman year. It was the best softball team I have ever been a part of and overcame a lot of adversity that year,” Jules said.
Now that the season is officially underway, Jules looks to improve upon her game and prepare herself for collegiate softball.
“My goal for the season is to not only grow as a player but also help my team grow. Also, I want to make another strong run for the championship this year as we came up short last year,” Jules commented.
Jules Donnelly’s hard work and dedication to her team will have an impact on her team and their success this spring.