• Eli Hardegree

"Lordie Lordie!" Star athlete signs to play college softball

This past week, Justice Walton (12) signed her letter of intent to play softball for the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB).


The senior has been a superstar on the diamond, playing on varsity for all four of her years at Columbus High.


“She has left a huge impact, not only on me, but on the softball program at CHS.” reflects Gracie Entlich (12), who patrolled the outfield with Walton in her four years at Columbus High.


Walton is an all-around athlete on the field, but her speed certainly stands out. Her 49 career stolen bases are the most in program history.


College scouts not only desire a recruit that displays talent, they also want someone that demonstrates leadership both on and off the field.


Walton’s leadership played a pivotal role in the team’s success this season, which included a region title and a trip to the sweet sixteen.


“Justice also knows what I am capable of and pushes me to work harder and go 110%,” remarks teammate Dori Maley, “she has helped me become a better player and person.”


Although she signed to play softball, her athleticism stretches far beyond the diamond. When she isn’t swiping bases on the softball field, the senior can be found dribbling on the basketball court for the girls basketball team, scoring touchdowns for the girls flag football team, and racing for the track team.


Coach Mathis, Columbus High’s Athletic Director, has enjoyed witnessing her performance with a variety of programs at the school. “It’s great to see!” He says, “I personally believe that participating in multiple sports allows for cross training, less overuse injuries, and being more athletic in general.”


Walton is going to leave behind quite the legacy following her senior year, and she hopes to continue her success as she begins the next chapter of her athletic career with the Lady Lions of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.


Head Coach of the softball team, Jamie Wilson, spoke on behalf of the school at the signing last Wednesday, “We are excited for the next step in your future, and we know that you will be successful and that you will go far. We hope the best for you!”

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