There was an abundance of purple in the Harrison Central high school cafeteria on Monday around 2:30 p.m.
Parents, friends, classmates and teachers along with Red Rebelettes head softball coach Jimmy Parker were on hand not to break bread, but to witness three highly-talented softball players sign college athletic scholarships with Alcorn State.
Left fielder Desirea Lindsey, 3rd. baseman Amari Ramsey and 2nd. baseman Ashley Arnold signed on the dotted line with the Lady Braves of Alcorn State head coach Josef Rankin, a coast native.
Lindsey said, "We've been playing together basically since we were little. So, I mean it's a big accomplishment, a big step."
Arnold added, "It's such an amazing moment. We all grew up together since we were young. We played softball together. Now the fact that we can go to college and actually play softball together, it's an amazing thing."
The Red Rebelettes trio, have one more of high school softball season before they make their way to Alcorn State. That means taking aim on a fourth straight Class 6A softball title.
Ramsey said, "Just like the last three years we still have the talent and the ability to do it. We just have to work hard and push ourselves during the off-season. So, where we are in season our dream will come true."
Coach Parker told the big crowd on hand in the cafeteria that Lindsey, Ramsey and Arnold have one more mission before they embark on their college careers in Lorman, Mississippi. He wants them to help lead the Red Rebelettes to the top of the mountain one final time.
He also said the girls are not only outstanding softball players, they are outstanding young high school students.
Jimmy Parker: These players here, they set a great example and I'm very proud of them. They did everything we asked them to do. They lead on and off the field. They've earned lots of accomplishments away from softball.
When the girls arrive at Alcorn State next season, they'll be joined by Victoria Tyler who played her high school softball at St. Patrick High School. Tyler is a sophomore at Alcorn State this season.
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