Laiken Rice, a senior at Northwest High School, signed her letter of intent to play softball for Division I Kent State University on Wednesday.
Laiken has become well known throughout Southern Ohio for her abilities on the diamond while playing Little League, as well as travel ball with various teams such as Ohio Glory, Pride, and Southern Ohio Heat. During Rice’s freshman year for the Mohawks, she started varsity playing mostly at the catcher’s position, but also took on pitching duties to help her team over the years. She is known for being fierce at the plate, a smart baserunner, as well as an asset to any position in the field.
Rice is the daughter of Larry and Lisa Rice of Lucasville, Ohio. Being the daughter of two teachers, Rice was raised with a quality work ethic in the classroom. She will graduate from high school in May 2019 with approximately 18 college credit hours, as well as having taken her high school courses her freshman and sophomore years, and currently holds a 3.9 GPA at Northwest.
After signing her letter of intent to play for Kent State, Rice commented that the decision of where to go was a long process, and that she always liked the coaches there.
“They have a plan for the future and the girls on the team were incredible, everyone had a positive attitude and it was a good environment to be in.”
Rice went on to discuss her personal goals when she attends Kent State, “I’m very excited, I’ve had to pitch in high school, it’s not my favorite position, but you have to do what you have to do. Now I’m ready to get back behind the plate.”
After being asked about her plans for the rest of her senior year Rice replied, “To make more memories, to get better, and have fun with my teammates. These girls mean a lot to me and I want to go out with a bang.”
Rice also said that “Having my family and friends here supporting me means everything, it’s great not only to do this for me, but to do this for them. I am so glad everyone could make it, they have already put in so much work helping me throughout the years to become a better player to get to this point, it just means a lot for them to be here.”
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