For the second time in under a month, a member of the Carolina Xtreme is ready to take her softball talents with her to the next level.
Elkin High School senior Kirstan Beaver signed her letter of intent to play softball for the Buffaloes at Milligan College in Tennessee Wednesday morning. A solid shortstop, Beaver will add some great depth to the program that Buffaloes Head Coach Wes Holly is excited for come later this fall.
“She’s just a great person and player. She’s fundamentally sound, has a passion for the game, and we think she’ll be a great fit for us at Milligan,” Holly said.
Student-athletes are referred to as such because academics are a priority. Since day one, Beaver has set her own personal standard in the classroom and has exceeded it. Following her junior year, Beaver was ranked 12th in her class. On the softball field, her talent earned her a spot in the Powerade State Games in Raleigh in the summer of 2015.
“Kirstan has grown a whole lot, and we’re extremely proud of what she’s accomplished and the things she has to achieve ahead of her. She’s a very driven athlete that will give 110-percent and keep trying to better herself,” said Christy Keaton, an assistant coach for Elkin and the Xtreme.
In addition to playing softball for Elkin, Beaver also has played tennis, and is in the middle of her swim season. Over the summer, Beaver is a member of the travel softball team called the Carolina Xtreme, of which her teammate, East Wilkes senior Caitlyn Macemore, recently signed to play with Milligan as well. There will be another familiar face when Beaver enters the campus at Tennessee. 2014 Elkin graduate Cayley Shoemaker is now a sophomore at Milligan on the softball team, and came to Beaver’s signing to celebrate.
Beaver plans to major in exercise science.
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