Deer Park’s Own JENNA SHEPHERD Signs with University of Charleston
Today, Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School senior Jenna Shepherd signed her letter of intent to play softball at the University of Charleston. The three-time First Team All-District (CHL-Cincinnati Hills League) player and 2015 CHL Player of the Year will trade in her Wildcat Scarlet and Gray for the Golden Eagle’s Maroon and Gold.
“When you see Jenna [Shepherd] play, it is clear that softball is in her fabric. Pitching, hitting or playing anywhere her team needs her, Jenna has one setting…high. She doesn’t know how to play at anything less than full effort,” said former Deer Park softball coach Bill Newton.
Shepherd’s efforts resulted in great success both at and for the Deer Park softball program. Through her junior year, Shepherd has been named to the Southwest District All-Metro team (three years), she has been selected All-City by the Cincinnati Enquirer (three years), she has been the team MVP (three years), and her career ERA is third All-Time at 2.27. Furthermore, each year Shepherd has played for the Wildcats, the team has won the CHL Championship.
“[Deer Park has] been fortunate to have a player of Jenna’s caliber here. Deer Park Softball is a proud and prestigious program. This success is based on talented, dedicated athletes, year in and year out. Jenna has distinguished herself as one of the top players to progress through our program,” said Newton.
Shepherd also plays travel softball with the Cincinnati Static, a high-level team that qualifies for nationals on an annual basis. This is in addition to playing other sports at Deer Park such as volleyball and basketball. Shepherd is also active with the Deer Park Glee Club, Parkers (annual variety show), and the youth basketball program. Shepherd has maintained a 3.09 GPA and plans to study Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in special education.
“The University of Charleston has secured an exceptional softball player. They will be very pleased with her work ethic, loyalty and quiet leadership. Jenna will do anything it takes to help her Eagles succeed,” said Newton.
Congratulations to both Jenna and the University of Charleston.
Achieving Excellence Together!