Iota's LeJeune inks with Pearl River

IOTA – It is common for athletes to enjoy a four-year sports career filled with ups and downs and wins and loses, but for most, the great honor of being involved in athletics ends with high school graduation.

However, a select few earn the privilege to move beyond their prep playing days.

That is the case with Iota standout Lauren LeJeune, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball for Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Miss.

LeJeune, who has been a driving force on the mound and an offensive power for Iota’s Lady Bulldogs, will compete at Pearl River starting in the fall of 2010.

Pearl River recently won the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) conference championship and the addition of LeJeune will be key in defending that title.

“We’re excited to have Lauren coming in,” said Pearl River head coach Leigh White. “She’s going to be an excellent addition to our roster in every aspect.”

LeJeune brings pitching experience as well as offensive energy to PRCC.

Despite being injured during most of the summer and preseason training, LeJeune still had impressive numbers during her senior season. She boasts a .347 career average at the plate while posting a 1.07 earned run average on the mound.

LeJeune’s numbers are impressive but equally impressive are the other aspects of her game.

“Lauren brings the important intangibles to the game,” said Iota coach Katherine Horton. “Her commitment and work ethic set her apart.”

LeJeune plans on majoring in physical therapy assistant during her two year stay at PRCC. She maintained a 3.7 grade point average at Iota.

Without a doubt, LeJeune’s desire and commitment have certainly paid off and she will continue to represent Acadia Parish and Iota High School well.

“We’ve always believed that success is about more than wins and losses or awards and accomplishments,” said Horton. “Athletics teaches courage and work. We want to instill kids with these values and prepare them to be lifelong achievers. Lauren has always taken those challenges as seriously as anybody and it has paid off here and will continue to in the future.”

LeJeune is the first athlete from Iota to sign at Pearl River.

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