(Editor's notes: Miles Community College media releases)
MILES CITY -- Miles Community College head softball coach Shawna Juarez announced the signings of Madilyn Henry of Spanish Fork, Utah, and Sierra John from Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Henry has decided to join her club team teammates and recent MCC signees Morgan Lampshire and Jocelyn Lujan by signing a Letter of Intent to play softball at Miles Community College. Henry is a three-year varsity letter-winner and starting pitcher at Maple Mountain High School. Henry earned all-Valley pitcher recognition after her sophomore season. Her dominant presence on the mound and ability to hit for big power will be a big help to Pioneer softball for the upcoming season.
"I chose MCC because of the environment. I love the energy the people give off and the size of the school," Henry said. "Learning in a small environment is a thumbs up for me, and the opportunity to continue playing softball was huge. I love the coaches and players at Miles, as they give off amazing energy and are more than just teammates and coaches on the field. There is such a friendly atmosphere, and I am excited to join MCC and be part of a great program in Montana."
"Madilyn's energy is vibrant and contagious," Juarez said. "She has the capability to do amazing things while here. Her ability to pitch, solid defensive tools, and capacity to hit will add great things to our program."
John, an infielder, has also signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at MCC. Her sophomore season at the new Thunder Ridge High School resulted in some impressive statistics. John batted .500, had a .962 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage. She hit seven home runs with 22 RBI and 29 runs scored. John spent that sophomore season competing in softball and track simultaneously.
"John is one of the most talented up-and-coming athletes that I have seen," Thunder Ridge coach Brendon Kopp said.
"Sierra is an athlete," Juarez said. "She is versatile and has great speed on the base paths. Numerous people in the Idaho Falls area have told us that she is one of most talented athletes to come out of that area. She will contribute in big ways."
"When I visited the school, the girls were inviting and encouraging during the workout. I like how practice was conducted and how the girls were coached. As I was touring the school, not only were the softball girls helpful, but the other students and staff were helpful as well," John said. "Miles City has a good hometown feel to it and I like that."