Waugh tailor-made to play softball


Jackson Williams, Staff Writer

With a mom who played softball, and a dad and brother who played baseball, “It was kind of in-the-genes to play.”

After playing since she was four, Kyleigh is gearing up for her final season at John Carroll, and she has some big goals.
“I want to make All-Conference and All-County. I would love for us to make it to the championship,” she said. “For myself, I want to be a great team leader and a good example for the younger girls.”
Being a student-athlete has always been a balancing act, but this past year has been especially challenging, particularly for those looking to play collegiate sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NCAA implemented a “dead period” for college recruitment.
According to “Next College Student Athlete,” an online resource for prospective athletes, the recruiting dead period prohibits in-person contact by coaches to any recruit or their parents, including on-campus or in-home visits.
Regarding how the pandemic affected her training, Kyleigh said, “With the high school season being canceled, I had a lot of free time to lift and get stronger and improve the little techniques.”
Kyleigh also explained that, luckily, her summer softball season was not affected, so coaches were still able to watch her play in tournaments.
After traveling all over the country this summer, her hard work has paid off, and she was able to commit to Millersville University.
She attributes her athletic successes to her family, naming her brother Ryan as her biggest influence.
“He has always worked so hard in both soccer and baseball, and I looked up to him for that,” she said. “He was always there to practice with me.”
Kyleigh looks to take her game to new heights this spring. The cancellation of her season last year left much to be desired.
Now, with large ambitions, she looks to lead the John Carroll softball team to another IAAM crown, a perfect ending to her John Carroll career.