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PCHS' Stearns signs with MSSU

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pierce City senior Sara Stearns, pictured above, at left, signed a national letter of intent on Friday to play softball at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin next year. Stearns is undecided on a major. Also present for the signing were: Cortney Stearns, Sara's mother, who is pictured on the right side of Sara. Pictured in the second row, is Pierce City softball coach and Athletic Director Darin Henderson. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Pierce City senior Sara Stearns signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Missouri Southern State University on Friday.

"I am excited, relieved and happy," said Stearns. "Southern is the only school that I wanted to really play for and now it's a reality."

"We couldn't be happier with our recruiting class," said Missouri Southern coach Bill Gary. "We graduated seven seniors last season and had to not only get numbers but quality numbers and that is what we got. We have the speed to put pressure on the defense, the power to hit the long ball, and the pitching to shut down our opponent."

Stearns is a three sport star for the Lady Eagles of Pierce City High School. She helped the Lady Eagles to two softball conference and district championships her junior and senior years while assisting Pierce City to a state sectional title during her junior campaign.

Stearns is a four-time All-Spring River Valley Conference and All-District first team selection, a two-time All-Region first team honoree and a two-time All-State second team award recipient. Stearns was also a three-time team MVP Award winner and was the 2010 and 2011 Spring River Valley Conference Player of the Year.

"Sara will supply a lot of power to our line-up," said Gary. "She is a strong young woman who is determined to make an impact."

Stearns enjoyed a stellar senior season. She batted .495 with 48 RBIs, 17 doubles, seven triples and nine home runs. The nine home runs and 48 RBI set single season records for Pierce City

"She really helped change the softball culture at Pierce City," said Lady Eagles coach Darin Henderson. "She started as a freshman and improved her play every season. Sara is a very coachable player and a great teammate. I wish her the best at Southern."

Stearns is the daughter of Toby and Cortney Stearns, of Pierce City, and is undecided on her major at Southern.

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