Henry County student-athlete Krista DeBurger signed a letter-of-intent to play softball at Transylvania University on Friday afternoon in the Henry County High School library.
DeBurger, a pitcher for the Lady Cats is looking forward to playing college softball. “I’m really excited that I got to sign and play for a really good school and team,” she said. “It’s going to be a challenge. The competition will be stronger, so I’ll have to step up and work my hardest. It’s going to be a challenge juggling a sport and keeping my grades up because I know it’s a tough academic school.
“I’d like to thank my parents for helping me and supporting me. They have filmed me and helped me get my name out there to colleges.”
DeBurger likes the idea of going to a small school. “I like it that Transy is a school that cares more about your academics than sports,” she said. “They will help with your academics if you need it.”
DeBurger said that softball coach Kim Tackett played a big role in her decision to attend the Division III school in Lexington.
“I enjoy the coach. She’s nice and I really got along with her and identified with her and she is the reason I fell in love with Transy,” she said. “She really showed an interest in me and my athletic ability.”
Lady Cats softball coach Jon Kasten believes DeBurger has earned a shot at college ball. “Krista has worked very hard for many years, even before middle school,” he said. “She has put in countless hours to learn how to pitch. If anybody deserves it, she does.
“I think Transy is a good fit for her. I think Transy is getting a good player with a good work ethic and she will represent them very well. Krista is versatile. Whether she is used as a pitcher or field player they can use her. It’s good for our program. It shows the other kids what is possible with hard work.”