EmiLee Davis, a senior at Monett High School and an award-winning softball player for the Lady Cubs, has signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Panthers of Drury University in Springfield next year.
Davis, the daughter of Elmer and Dianna Davis, said she is excited about playing softball at Drury but confesses to some anxiety.
"I'm nervous," said Davis, "but I'm happy to be going there. It's going to be fun."
She cited several reasons for deciding to sign with Drury.
"Educational opportunity is one reason," Davis said. "I also like the atmosphere on campus. I have been there several times."
Davis, a catcher on the Lady Cubs, said the fact that her cousin, Brittany, a standout pitcher a few years ago at Monett, is a student at Drury and a member of the softball team is another contributing factor.
"Hopefully, I will get the chance to catch her in games," said Davis.
Davis comes from an athletic family. Another cousin, Ethan, is a member of the Monett Cubs wrestling team and is a two-time state champion in that sport.
While playing for Monett, EmiLee was named All-Big 8 Conference twice, All-District twice, All-Region twice and was a two-time Monett most valuable player.
"EmiLee is the type of player that a coach loves to have on the team," said Monett Head Coach Ty Goetz. "She is a leader and does things right in the classroom as well as on the field.
"Defensively, she made us better because teams wouldn't run on her," Goetz said. "She threw out 12 of 19 base stealers. Offensively, she led us in hits this season with 34 and in batting average with .425. She will be a good fit for Drury, and I wish her nothing but the best."
In her career at Monett, Davis established school records in hits with 93, doubles with 16 and put-outs behind the plate with 592. She had a career batting average of .322 and a .971 fielding percentage.