LHS’s Ames signs with Claflin

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By Robert Howey

Lancaster High School senior softball player Jada Ames’ dream became reality Tuesday afternoon in the LHS conference room.

James, a star third baseman for the Lady Bruins, signed a scholarship with NCAA Div. II member Claflin University to continue her education and softball career at the Orangeburg school.

“I have wanted to do this since I was 10-years-old,” James said. “I’m excited and I can’t believe I have this offer to go to school and continue with my softball career at the college level.”

James, a six-year member of the LHS softball team, is a three-time all-region selection and has won the team’s RBI Award in the last two years.

“Jada has always been a very skilled athlete, but it’s also about her character, heart and drive,” LHS softball coach Kim Perry said. “Jada has been a great asset to this program and she has been a big part of our success.”

The Lady Bruins, since their inception in 1976, have never missed the softball playoffs.

“This is a bitter-sweet moment for me,” Perry said. “I’m proud of her reaching this accomplishment and she is most deserving. We also appreciate what she has done for our program.

“Jada is a strong athlete and a strong student athlete,” Perry said. “Since she started with our softball program in the seventh grade, she has stepped up to the challenge. We have enjoyed having her on the team and she’s a tremendous worker who is always trying to get better. She’s harder on herself than I am.”

Perry said she’s proud to see Ames reach her potential.

“It has been an honor and privilege to see her grow as a young lady,” she said. “I look forward to seeing what she can accomplish at Claflin.

“Jada would be an asset at any school she wanted to go, and Claflin is lucky to have her.”

In addition to softball, James is a stellar student with a 4.230 grade point average who will graduate with high honors at the LHS commencement May 26.

“I love being a leader,” Ames said. “I’m thankful for my family and thankful to God for this opportunity.

“You should never give up, or lose focus on your dreams because anything is possible with hard work and dedication,” Ames said.