Another DCHS student-athlete is moving on to play sports on the collegiate level.
Tigerette softball senior, Victoria Bennett, signed scholarship papers with Cumberland University in Lebanon, on Tuesday. Bennett, currently, is a member of the DCHS Tigerette program, and has been a starter for three years.
“I feel like Cumberland is a good fit for me, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to go there and play,” said Bennett, who plans to major in Athletic Training, which the Lebanon school is well known for. “I love what the coaches are doing with the program, and it excites me to have the opportunity to possibly go in and contribute right away.”
The Lady Bulldogs are coached by first-year coach, Heather Stanfill, who said the program already has 11 players signed for the 2010 athletic season, and three more verbal commitments. Stanfill, who came to Cumberland from Austin Peay, said Bennett is the kind of player she is looking for to help re-build the Lady Bulldog softball program.
"Victoria is a confident, out-going type person, and that’s what we’re looking for in our rebuilding mode at Cumberland — good character kids, who are also athletic and can play the game," Stanfill said.
DCHS softball coach, Danny Bond, is proud to be sending another student-athlete on to the collegiate level, and believes Bennett has a good opportunity.
"“I’m excited for Victoria, having the chance to continue her playing career at a four-year school like Cumberland, which is an excellent academic school,” Bond said. “She has been a solid ball player for us, and has also been outstanding in her academics."
Bennett, who has a 4.0 grade-point average at DCHS, is also a member of the Lady Tiger basketball and soccer teams. She also played golf during her junior year. In her three previous years with the Tigerette softball team, Bennett hit .330, with 104 hits, five home runs, 73 runs batted in, 44 stolen bases, while committing only two errors in the field.