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Panther Softball Players Commit to Play in College

Congratulations to juniors Jessica VonCannon and Tristyn Edwards for committing to play softball at the next level upon graduation in 2016. Edwards has committed to Appalachian State, while VonCannon has committed to play at Wingate University. According to Piedmont softball coach Jason Phelix, “I am very proud of both Jessica and Tristyn. It took a lot of hard work for both of them to get to this point.”

Edwards is a shortstop for the Panthers and her travel ball team, The Firecrackers. She hit .355 last season, with 16 runs scored, 14 RBIs, four doubles and three homeruns. She helped lead the Panthers to a 17-9 record and a tie for second place in the Southern Carolina Conference. In addition to Appalachian, Edwards was being recruited by Queens University in Charlotte and Lenoir-Rhyne. Her brother went to App and this played a fundamental role in her decision, but she also noted that the softball team there was really nice. When asked about it feels to have made a college decision as a junior, Edwards stated, “I was never stressed about where I would play after high school but I am relieved to know where I will be playing softball and attending college upon graduation.”

VonCannon has known she wanted to play softball at the next level since middle school. VonCannon plays third base and middle infield for the Panthers. In addition, she plays travel ball for Team NC. VonCannon was offered to play at Wingate after she hit with Wingate coach Lani Shaffer and attended a camp there. VonCannon chose Wingate as it is close to home and her family could watch her play. “The campus is beautiful and I have always wanted to go there, so it will be a perfect fit.” According to VonCannon, her goals for the upcoming season as a Panther are “to work hard and to become a strong leader for the younger members of the team both on and off the field.”

Coach Phelix further stated that, “Both girls know that the hard work is only beginning. They will continue to work hard to be ready to play at the next level and be a contributor for their college teams in their freshman year.” Congratulations Tristyn and Jessica!

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor (Portions from The Enquirer Journal)
Posted: Feb 20, 2015 by Donna Helms

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