Roberson seniors Izzy McCurry and Karley Yeager are proud of their past.
McCurry will enter her final prep softball season tied for the most home runs in Western North Carolina history (30), while Yeager batted a school-record .526 as a junior.
But the two friends, who have known each other on and off the field since the fifth grade, were much more concerned about their future on Wednesday.
The Rams held a college-signing ceremony for McCurry (Chattanooga State, Tenn.) and Yeager (Tallahassee, Fla.), who are continuing their careers at high-level junior colleges with the hopes of eventually playing for a Division I program.
“We’ve been waiting for this day and talking about signing together for as long as I can remember,” Yeager said.
“I believe we’re both really blessed to have the chance to go and play at the next level.”
McCurry is an outfielder and Yeager patrolled the infield for the Mountain Conference Conference 4-A champion Rams (16-7) in 2012. Both were All-WNC selections.
Their families still have photos of the girls playing together at a young age for the Blue Ridge Explosion travel team. But expectations have changed as they’ve gotten older.
And both seniors know they will be called upon to do a lot in the coming season. Furthermore, Roberson’s on-campus field has undergone an extensive renovation which could be complete as soon as this month.
NCHSAA softball teams are scheduled to begin practice on Feb. 13 and can play their first game as soon as Feb. 27.
“We’re going to be under the radar because of our new field and the fact that we’re coming up as seniors,” McCurry said.
“We’re going to be looked at to lead the team.”
McCurry was recovering from knee surgery prior to her 2012 season, while Yeager had a torn labrum repaired in September. Once she is back to 100 percent, Yeager expects to duo to continue doing big things.
“We definitely push each other,” Yeager added.
“We’re at a point where if I see she is doing something wrong then I’ll point it out. And she does the same for me.”