NEWTON TOWNSHIP – Madison Riggle and Kori Sidwell are known for their success in multiple sports.
The Maysville seniors committed to their athletic futures Thursday by signing letters of intent during a ceremony at Maysville High School.
Riggle received a full scholarship to play softball for Division I Robert Morris, while Sidwell will play basketball for Division II Mercyhurst on a combination of athletic and academic scholarships.
Morehead State, Marshall University and Division II Ashland also pursued Riggle, who said she enjoyed what Robert Morris had to offer.
Riggle is the reigning Muskingum Valley League player of the year in softball and volleyball and is undecided on a major.
“It’s a small campus, but I still get the chance to compete in Division I,” she said. “I loved the coaches and the team, and it seemed like the right fit.”
Finding a school that offered Sidwell’s major of intelligence studies — think of an analyst for the CIA — was difficult. She considered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard before settling on the Pennsylvania school.
Sidwell has garnered multiple league and district honors in basketball, softball and volleyball.
“I happened to come across that they had my major which not a lot of schools offer,” she said. “The coach liked what I can bring to the team, and it’s a relief to have this done. It takes the pressure off of trying to figure out where to go play. Now I can focus on the season in front of me.”
Sidwell, who averaged nearly 15 points and six rebounds per game as a junior, is looking forward to the challenge of competing at the next level.
Mercyhurst is in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, which features last year’s Division II National Champion California University of Pennsylvania.
“It’s a whole new game with the competition and the faster pace,” she said. “I’m excited I get to experience it.”
Playing travel softball should aid Riggle’s transition. She is used to facing the best competition and feels comfortable in that spot.
Robert Morris is a member of the Northeast Conference with schools like Mount St. Mary’s, Wagner and LIU-Brooklyn.
“There are no bad teams (in travel ball) so you always have to be at your best. You’re always being pushed to be better,” she said. “I’m going to continue to work this winter and get ready for the spring. I’m also going to play again this summer so that should have me ready to go.”
Riggle’s parents are Kyle and Melissa Riggle, and Sidwell’s parents are Lou and Terri.