All-Area player Love­less signs with Rein­hardt

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - LOVE­LESS SIGNS By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

Rock­mart’s first softball sign­ing af­ter the end of the sea­son came as the Rome News-Tri­bune All Area Player of the Year for 2018 Emily Love­less de­cided on where she’ll be tak­ing her skills on the next level.

Love­less will don the blue and gold of a Lady Ea­gle and take her tal­ents to Rein­hardt Univer­sity in Waleska af­ter she grad­u­ates with the Class of 2019, achiev­ing a dream she’s held since she was a lit­tle girl.

“I’ve been wait­ing to sign for a very long time,” Love­less said. “I think this is go­ing to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence and ev­ery­thing I’ve heard come out of there is pos­i­tive. I’m very ex­cited to get up there.”

Love­less, joined by her par­ents Chris and Amanda along with the rest of her fam­ily, team­mates, Rock­mart coaches and her new leader on the field in years to come, Lady Ea­gles head coach Jade Geuther.

Love­less said she looked for­ward to head­ing to the Waleska cam­pus in 2019.

“It means a lot to me to rep­re­sent Rock­mart, and I’m go­ing to do the best I can when I get up there,” she said. “I just look for­ward to mak­ing ev­ery­one proud.”

She is yet un­de­cided on what she wants to study for sure, but was look­ing at cour­ses to pur­sue a healthre­lated field. Whether she’ll be help­ing hu­mans or an­i­mals in the fu­ture was still up in the air.

“I’m kind of in­de­ci­sive,” she said. “I’m think­ing about go­ing into bi­ol­ogy and then go­ing into ve­teri­nary or phar­macy. I’m just not sure yet.”

Rock­mart head coach Steve Luke said he was glad to see his star pitcher get an op­por­tu­nity to shine at the next level.

“She’ll go in and have a chance to play right away and give peo­ple an in­di­ca­tion of what she can do,” he said. “But this is what it’s all about. Us­ing softball as a tool in or­der to get your ed­u­ca­tion paid for, and most stu­dents don’t get to go to col­lege and have a full ride, so this is ex­cit­ing for her. She’s a good fit for them, and she’s earned it.”

He said he ex­pected that Rock­mart would have fu­ture an­nounce­ments for softball sign­ings in the months to come.

/ Kevin Myrick

Se­nior play­ers joined Emily Love­less for a photo dur­ing her sign­ing day.

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