Conley signs with Coffeyville Ravens

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Conley signs letter of intent Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Southwest's Sarah Conley signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan., on Monday. In the front row, with Sarah are her parents, Janice and Danny Conley. Second row: Southwest assistant coach Kenny Ferguson.

Sarah Conley, Southwest's versatile senior leader on the diamond, has signed to play collegiate softball with Coffeyville Community College.

The Ravens are coached by Tamika Barnes, who is in her first year at the Kansas school.

"I think that Coffeyville is going to be pleasantly surprised at just how skilled Sarah Conley is," said Southwest's Tony Eagleberger.

Conley earned first-team All-District recognition in three different years at three different positions for the Lady Trojans.

"Sarah has always been willing to play wherever the team needed her the most," said Eagleberger. "Playing at a Class 2 school, she had to pitch a lot of innings her junior year, and she really shouldered the load.

"Her skills are best suited for the outfield, and I expect that's where she will be playing for Coffeyville. But whatever position she plays in the field, there's always room for a bat like hers in the lineup."

Conley's stats throughout her high school career look like a Bank of America stock chart. Her numbers started high and just kept growing. From her .339 batting average as a sophomore to her .364 as a senior, Conley kept working and improving at the plate and in the various positions she played in the field. Her slugging percentage last Fall was an eye-popping .818.

Perhaps her most impressive statistic is her stolen base percentage. In three years, Sarah was successful on 42 of 43 stealing attempts.

"She left base early the one time she was out," laughed Eagleberger.

Conley picked Coffeyville for its small-town conservatism atmosphere and family values.

"I chose Coffeyville because I felt Tamika Barnes is an excellent coach," she said. "I like the rural community, and I like their facilities. I plan to leave Coffeyville with an associate's degree and transfer to a university to become a physical therapist."

Sarah Conley will be remembered at Southwest for her quiet leadership and her dedication to playing the game the right way.

"She did her job, and she did it well," said Eagleberger.

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