College Signing

Jenna Harris signs to play softball at Presbyterian

December 23, 2013 

Jenna Harris signs with Presbyterian College with her parents (seated) Donna and Brian Harris, (standing, from left) Triangle Lightning coaches Tim Neuse, Stoney Bradshear, Clayton basketball and volleyball coach Marlon Lee, Clayton softball coach Jay Westbrook and Clayton principal Clint Eaves.

D. CLAY BEST — cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: Brian and Donna Harris

High School: Clayton

Travel Team: Triangle Lightning

Why Presbyterian? “Academically it’s a great school and their reputation is excellent. I’ll get the chance to play with a great group of coaches and with a team that plays a high level of softball.”

Also Considered: Mars Hill, Guilford, Methodist, Virginia Wesleyan

Major: Math or Biology

Notable: Jenna is a three-sport standout at Clayton, four-year varsity player in softball and basketball and a three-year varsity player in volleyball. She helped the Comets break their long run without a volleyball conference title earlier this fall. “It was a great feeling to be a part of that team,” she said. “With seven seniors who were so close and we had such great team chemistry. We set a goal before the season and went out and accomplished it.” … Moving from sport to sport is something that Harris, who ranks near the top of her class academically, always enjoyed. “I just have so much fun doing all three,” she said. … Harris has played a variety of positions in softball for Clayton, at shortstop as a freshman and sophomore then behind the plate last season. She’s played primarily middle infield and the outfield in travel ball. … Jenna is working to improve her hitting with a lot of work off of the batting tee in preparation for her senior softball season. “I’m just proud of where the program has come around since my eighth grade year,” Jenna said of the Clayton program. “Just being a part of it, putting Clayton back on the map, getting the opportunity to go to the state final four as a freshman, it’s all been great.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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