Whelehon signs to play softball at Southern Arkansas University

Kim Whelehon, second from left, is pictured with her Bulldog softball coaches: Robin Brainard, Cori McDonald and Antonette Rodriguez.  Courtesy photo
Kim Whelehon, second from left, is pictured with her Bulldog softball coaches: Robin Brainard, Cori McDonald and Antonette Rodriguez. Courtesy photo

By Bill Tamburrino

Kim Whelehon will be continuing her education and playing softball at Southern Arkansas University next fall.

Whelehon is a dual sport student/athlete at Ramona High School. This will be her third year on the varsity basketball and softball teams. She has earned all

league honors in softball and was all league and all CIF last year in basketball.

She will receive financial aid for softball and academics as well as working in the work study program. She has a 4.16 grade point average in college preparatory, honors and advanced placement classes. Planning to pursue a career in physical therapy, she will major in exercise physiology.

Whelehon started playing softball at the age of 5 and has been playing ever since. She plays for Terry Fick and the San Diego Rebels when not playing for the Lady Bulldogs.

She was the Most Valuable Defensive player last year for the Lady Bulldogs. She is also probably the most versatile. In her tenure on varsity, she has played every outfield position as well as shortstop and second base.

When asked why she chose to play for the Muleriders and sign early, she explained, “It was a good opportunity and a good offer. Southern Arkansas is in a small town like Ramona. I got along well with the team members on my trip. It is a good fit.”

She was recruited by the Muleriders’ new coach, Corey Lyon. Lyon is an up and coming coach who won 125 games in three seasons at Paris Junior College in Texas. He led the Lady Dragons to their first conference championship in 2009.

Whelehon is a member of an athletic family. Her mother and father, Pam and Daniel, have been very supportive to her, her brother, Sean, and her sister, Sara. Sean is a Ramona High graduate who played soccer and golf. Sara plays softball and lacrosse.

With her decision to sign early at Southern Arkansas out of the way, Whelehon can now concentrate on playing basketball and softball for the Lady Bulldogs.

   
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