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Genoa-Kingston’s Keegan verbally commits to play softball at Winona State

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(File photo by Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)
Genoa-Kingston catcher Paige Keegan throws to first base for an out on a sacrifice bunt in April 2012 during the bottom of the fourth inning in Sycamore. Keegan, the 2013 Daily Chronicle Softball Player of the Year, has committed to play softball at Winona State.

Paige Keegan wanted to weigh her college options just a little bit longer following her offer from Winona State.

But after a visit to the Minnesota campus and a month of deliberating, the Genoa-Kingston senior catcher knew Winona was where she wanted to play, making a verbal commitment to play softball for the Warriors this week.

“I went to go visit there at the end of the season last year,” Keegan said. “I realized that Winona was the one for me. Everything I wanted was at Winona.”

Keegan was named the 2013 Daily Chronicle Softball Player of the Year as a junior.

She set a Genoa-Kingston school record with a .612 batting average, slugged better than 1.000 and had 11 walks to only three strikeouts. Keegan hit five homers and drove in 29 runs.

Keegan joins former Kaneland shortstop Alysson O’Herron, who is now a freshman at Winona State.

While making her decision, Keegan received advice from Winona freshman Lexi Perez, who was a teammate with Keegan for the Wasco Diamonds travel softball team last season.

“She absolutely loved it. It was nice to get input on it,” Keegan said. “She was saying that everything was relaxed and laid back, that coach [Greg] Jones is a good coach.”

Winona State is considered one of the premier Division II softball programs in the country. The Warriors went 37-14 last season, winning the NCAA Division II Central 2 Region before losing to Central Oklahoma in the Super Regional.

“That program is so good and they play at such a high level,” Keegan said. “Every year they compete for a championship at the D-II level.” 

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