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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: ATHENS STANDOUT ALLEN WILL PLAY COLLEGIATELY AT WEST CHESTER (2 PHOTOS) (2017-04-19)

By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Choosing West Chester University to continue her softball career was not a very difficult decision for Athens senior Aubrey Allen, who signed her letter-of-intent Thursday to play at the Division II PSAC power.

“They have a really good softball program, and I really love the coach (Diane Lokey),” said Allen.

“I went to one camp there and she came right up to me and told me she wanted me on her team,” added Allen. “It was an awesome moment.”

And the fact she loved the campus immediately sealed the deal.

“I love the campus. It’s the perfect size with the perfect number of students,” she said. “I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.

“It’s kind of in its own secluded little area,” noted Allen. “It’s only 10 minutes from Philly, but it’s a little town, a lot like here.”

Allen, who is one of the most feared hitters in the NTL, has played nearly everywhere around the diamond in her four-year varsity career at Athens. She said her freshman season at West Chester could be much of the same.

“They’re bringing me in as a utility player. The coach said she could see me playing third base, second base, and the outfield.

“I’ll be all over, and that’s OK as long as I’m on the field,” said Allen.

First-year Athens coach Jim Wood, who coached three Division I players at Tioga and numerous Division II and III standouts, hasn’t been around Allen very long, but she’s made quite an impression in a short period of time.

“Aubrey has a lot of intangibles that are going to make her successful at the next level.

“It starts with her attitude, the fact she’s a smart athlete, and she’s a great teammate,” said Wood. “She really works hard with her younger teammates … her influence will have a ripple effect on the freshmen and sophomores here for the next few years.

“As far as her athletic talent, she has a great arm, great range, and a great swing,” he noted.

Wood believes Allen will find a permanent spot on the field at West Chester in short order.

“She has all the ability to be successful at the Division II level.” he said. “I think her coach is going to view her as a utility player at first, but I’d be surprised if she doesn’t find herself settling into a regular role at the collegiate level in the very near future.

“Of all the girls I’ve coached, she has all the tools — offensively and defensively — that you could ask for,” added Wood.

Allen will be majoring in computer science engineering

“I really want to work for Google,” she said. “I think that would be the coolest thing ever.”

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IN PHOTO 1: Athens senior Aubrey Allen. IN PHOTO 2: Athens senior Aubrey Allen is flanked by her parents Dan and Wendi Allen. Back row, from left are: Athens AD Denny Thomas, assistant softball coach Jenn Silata, softball coach Jim Wood, and Athens principal Corey Mosher. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.


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