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Hudson's Witthus signs D1 softball letter

Hudson senior Kindra Witthus, second from left, is flanked by her dad Randy Witthus, left, her mom Donna Fink and Raider softball coach Jim Revoir, far right, as she signs a national letter of intent to play softball at St. Francis University (Penn.) last Tuesday at the high school. Photo by Bob Burrows

Kindra Witthus has started every game at catcher for the Raider softball team since her freshman year. She'll continue in that role when her senior season begins this spring.

As of last Tuesday, she won't have to think about where she'll play in college. That's when Witthus signed a national letter of intent to attend school and play softball at NCAA Division I St. Francis University in Loretto, Penn., beginning in the fall of 2013.

Raider softball coach Jim Revoir said Witthus is one of the hardest working players he has ever coached.

"She's a kid who is always putting in the extra work to get better," he said. "It's special when someone puts in that effort and works that hard and it pays off. To make a Division I program is a rare thing; she deserves it. She's a leader, and she'll be a great addition to their program."

Witthus is a three-time All-Big Rivers Conference catcher for the Raiders, earning second team honors her freshman year before being named to the first team the last two seasons.

Last spring as a junior, she was named to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-Northwest District First team and All-State Second Team after leading the Raiders with nine home runs and 24 runs batted in. She's also been named to the All-BRC girls' basketball team three straight years.

Witthus said she made her decision after visiting the St. Francis campus in Loretto, about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh, this past August.

"I really enjoyed the school and the atmosphere," she said. "And it's a well-established school for academics."

Witthus said there was a long list of people she wanted to thank for giving her the opportunity to play softball at the Division 1 level.

"I want to thank my high school coach, Jim Revoir, and Danes coach Tim Husted, and coach Scott Warren," she said. "I also want to thank my parents, especially my dad, for making me the person and the player I am today."

St. Francis University, a member of the Northeast Conference, finished the 2012 season with a 22-26 overall record and a 9-11 showing in the NEC. It marks SFU's best season since they qualified for the NEC tournament in 2008 with 24 total wins. The team is coached by Jennifer Patrick-Swift.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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