HNHS's Hiple to stay local

Hiple Signing
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2014-02-11

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Huntington North High School softball standout Alyssa Hiple officially signed to continue her softball career at Huntington University Friday afternoon.

The Viking senior said playing for the Foresters has always been her main goal.

“I’ve wanted to go to HU to play softball since I was little,” she said. “It has always kind of been a dream of mine. I really like the campus and the environment and just everything feels right.”

“Driving past the University when I was younger, I remember thinking that it was the big school or the next step,” she added. “Now I’m blessed to finally get the chance to play there.”

Hiple’s mother, Amy Hiple, said she was excited for her daughter to play with the Foresters.

“This is a very proud moment for me because I’ve watched her worked so hard physically and mentally to get where she’s at now,” she said. “It’s definitely been an awesome journey with her.”

Although Huntington North head coach Paris Seibold said he was sad to see the Third Team All-State selection go, he thought HU would be getting a quality athlete from right here at home.

“Alyssa was probably our strongest center fielder we’ve had in a while and kind of a leader on our team,” the coach said. “She received all of her accolades because she’s so good with her bat. She also has good work ethic and has put in a lot of work to get here. Huntington University is getting a very good player with Alyssa.”

Seibold went onto say that in his 17 years of coaching he didn’t think he’s seen a center fielder with Hiple’s pure ability to track hits and find a way to make unbelievable grabs.

In addition to her defensive skills, Hiple was one of last season’s strongest hitters.

She recorded hits for the Vikings in all but six games throughout the season. During the Vikings’ semistate semifinal at Harrison she went 2-of-4 from the plate with four RBI to really change the atmosphere of the game for the semistate championship berth.

“She’s always had that sense of leadership, but now I think she’s experienced enough that she knows what she’s capable of and how do it,” Seibold said. “I’ve seen improvement from her every year and she has gotten better each season with the Vikings.”

In total, Hiple was second on the Vikings hitting charts with a .459 batting average, a .739 slugging percentage and a .504 on-base percentage. She slammed 34 homeruns during 111 total at bats while recording one RBI in roughly every three at bats.

Huntington University head coach Doug Gower said he was excited about having a local player suit up in the green and black.

“I’m very excited about having a good, young player from Huntington,” he said. “We haven’t had one in a few years. We’re not exactly sure where she’ll be playing yet, but we’re not really worried about that because she’s a great athlete and a very clutch hitter.

“I foresee her hitting in the middle of our lineup with her strength in batting.”

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 213 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.
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