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ACCC fits Strawn's future

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/23/2013

WELLSVILLE — Emily Strawn is going to combine two of her loves when she leaves the halls of Wellsville High School.

The senior will play softball and begin her studies to become a vet at Allen County Community College in Iola. She signed Tuesday in the school library.

WELLSVILLE — Emily Strawn is going to combine two of her loves when she leaves the halls of Wellsville High School.

The senior will play softball and begin her studies to become a vet at Allen County Community College in Iola. She signed Tuesday in the school library.

Strawn has played softball since she was old enough to join a t-ball league. She wants to become a vet and work with small animals such as dogs and cats.

“They have a good vet program up there,” Strawn said of the Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

It also helps that those credits will transfer to Kansas State University where she would like to get into the vet program.

“It is hard,” she said.

Strawn liked the direction of the softball program under first-year head coach Jamie Amerine, who spent the previous four years as an assistant for Allen County.

“It is a pretty good program,” she said. “It is close-knit [atmosphere]. They were really nice. They were welcoming. They want to turn it around.”

Strawn said Amerine said the program is about fostering relationships.

“They are a family,” she said.

Amerine saw first-hand what Strawn brings to the table. She is a utility player who can swing a big bat. Strawn’s team played an Amerine-coached team in a showcase tournament in Kansas City this past summer.

“She saw me there,” Strawn said. “We got a long really well. Coaches sent me e-mails. That was huge. They are close with their players.”

Strawn is part of a signing class of 15 players so far.

Other area players signing include Bailey Myers of Paola and Baldwin’s Emily Stephens.

Allen County, which is coming off a 30-28 season, has 10 sophomores on the 17-player roster.

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