Four Lady Cubs sign to play for ACCC

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Sticking together are four Humboldt High School softball players as they signed letters of intent to play for Allen County Community College next year. Seniors (left to right) Lenzie Boring, Kelci Owens, Megan Dillow and Callie Umholtz will continue their softball careers at ACCC. On hand for the signing Tuesday were the girls’ parents and HHS head softball coach Brad Piley (left) and ACCC head softball coach Ed Wilkerson (right). The parents are (left to right) Marcie and Allan Boring, Virginia and Tim Wools, Penny and David Taylor and Michelle and Steve Umholtz.

HUMBOLDT — Putting a premium on signing area athletes, Allen County Community College’s head softball coach landed a quartet of talent Tuesday.
Humboldt High’s Lady Cubs have a winning tradition on the softball diamond. ACCC’s Ed Wilkerson is mining the pipeline to Humboldt. He announced the signing of four Humboldt High seniors Tuesday.
Lenzie Boring, Kelci Owens, Callie Umholtz and Megan Dillow signed letters of intent to play softball for Allen County next year.
“They all are well-rounded players on offense and defense. We’re pretty excited to get these four young ladies to come and play for our program,” Wilkerson said.
“Humboldt’s got the tradition. They are hard working and athletic which are assets that will help them contribute to our team.”
These four seniors have helped Humboldt High’s softball team go 61-10 over the past three years. The Lady Cubs are 8-0 this season.
Humboldt has gone to a state tournament three straight years. The Lady Cubs took third in the Kansas Class 3A state tournament in 2006 and the past two years they have qualified for the Class 2A state tournament.
Boring is an all-state and All-Tri-Valley League pitcher. A year ago she went 12-3 on the mound for Humboldt with 138 strikeouts. Boring is a .385 batter.
Dillow is another pitcher for Humboldt but most of her time is spent behind the plate. Dillow was 5-0 pitching last year. She earned All-Class 2A state honors. Dillow’s batting average was .449 last year and she had 40 stole bases.
Umholtz led the Lady Cubs at the plate in 2008 with a .513 batting average. She plays second base and earned All-TVL and all-state honors.
Owens brings a lot of versatility to the field, as she can play almost any position. She has been the team’s starting shortstop for three years. Owens earned all-league honors and batted .400.
“I really like playing center field,” Owens said. “Allen County had a good softball program and I wanted to stay close to home.”
Close proximity to Humboldt was a selling point for all four Humboldt players.
“Allen County gives me an opportunity to continue to play softball and stay close to home,” Boring said. “The ACCC softball program is building and I like what is see in it.”
Dillow and Umholtz also talked of being able to stay close and have the opportunity to play on a team on the rise.
“This year’s class of softball players coming out of the Allen County area is one of the best since I’ve been at the college,” said Wilkerson. “We want to capitalize on that and have the area athletes help us build our program.”
Umholtz is the daughter of Steve and Michelle Umholtz. She plans to major in communications.
Dillow is the daughter of Penny and David Taylor of Gas and Steve Dillow of Olathe. Dillow is a pre-radiology major.
Owens also plans to major in pre-radiology. She is the daughter of Virginia and Tim Wools.
Boring is a pre-medicine major. She is the daughter of Marcie and Allan Boring.
Allen County is 21-25 this season. Wilkerson is in his third season as head coach and has three area players on the team this year. Terra Woods of Humboldt plus Amy Carr and Shawna Blakesley of Iola.