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Belter headed to diamond in Corn Belt
Orland High senior Liz Belter is going to take her cuts at college life and playing softball at the next level.
On Wednesday, she signed a letter of intent to attend Highland Community College in Highland, Kan. on an athletic scholarship.
Belter will be playing for the Scotties of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC). Under coach Heidi Jordan, the Scotties have won back-to-back Region 6 championships and made two straight national tournament appearances.
"It feels like a big honor," Belter said after signing her letter on Wednesday at Orland High School, "I've worked really hard to get where I'm at. I'm excited to see what the future holds and to transfer to a four-year school and continue to play."
Belter was recruited by Highland as a member of Team TFS Texas 18U out of Dallas, where she played for coach Michael Bastian, who coached the Chinese National Team in the Beijing Olympics. After playing for the Trojans under coach George Oakley her sophomore and junior years, Belter has been focusing on individual skill lessons with Bastian and Oakley that will help prepare her for play at the next level. She is also being coached on college-level strength and conditioning by Tyler Newton at TNT Athletic Performance.
She hasn't been promised anything but a chance to compete for a position at Highland. "I'll have to work for my position," said Belter, who would like to play first base, third base or in the outfield.
Belter credits Oakley with a great deal, saying, "He's a great softball coach. I wouldn't be here without him. He's helped me realize how to make myself better to get to the next level, and how to work for it."
The daughter of Matt Belter and Andrea Strohl, and step-daughter of Nicci Belter, Liz intends to pursue a degree in nursing, and ultimately to work in oncology.