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Lady Rebels Jackson, Wilson set to take college step
Hilarie Jackson, Ashley Wilson
Hilarie Jackson (left) and Ashley Wilson share a laugh before signing their national letter of intent Friday morning. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD — Hilarie Jackson and Ashley Wilson’s radiant smiles were extra bright Friday morning.

With friends and family members watching, the Effingham County softball teammates inked national letters of intent to attend East Georgia State College and Brewton-Parker College, respectively.

“These ladies are going to two great schools and we are very, very excited for them,” said Matt Huntley, Effingham County’s athletic director. “... I’ve had the pleasure of coaching both of them (as freshmen) and they are extremely hard workers, and go out on the field and get after it. They are both very good in the classroom as well.

“They’ve already started their college careers with dual enrollment.”

Jane Trzaska, the duo’s head coach during their season campaign, echoed Huntley’s thoughts.

“They are awesome young ladies and their hard work and dedication have been shown through softball, in school, and they are expecting to do that at the next level. I am very excited for you guys,” Trzaska said.

Wilson’s next head coach, Madison Herrin, was on hand for the signing ceremony. His comments were light hearted and drew laughs from the crowd.

“I actually sent (East Georgia State College head) Coach (Charles) Wimberly a text a few minutes ago saying that I was going to take both of them,” Herrin said.

In Wilson, Herrin is adding a speedy outfielder and slap hitter.

“With her talent, her attitude and work ethic, we are excited to see what she can do for us,” Herrin said. “I think she will fit in very, very well and we are excited to have her.”

Jackson is a versatile player. She pitched and played first base and right field for the Lady Rebels.