WEST PORTSMOUTH — The hardest decisions a person can make typically end well if he or she follows his or her heart.
With his final season at the high-school level rapidly approaching, Portsmouth West senior Cade Powell chose to get in front of his college decision — by signing his national letter-of-intent to continue his education and baseball career at Heidelberg University.
Located in Tiffin, Heidelberg competes at the NCAA Division III level as a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference — alongside fellow Ohio institutions Capital University, Marietta College and Muskingum University among others.
“I’m really excited,” Powell said, of his decision to sign with Heidelberg. “I’m looking forward to it. I was a little nervous at first because I’ve never really done anything like this, but I’m really excited to continue my baseball career.”
After visiting its campus, it was the family-atmosphere that the coaches and players in the Heidelberg program have established that was among the deciding factors in Powell’s decision to become a Student Prince.
“The coaches really appealed to me,” said Powell. “They genuinely care about their players, they’re really personable. The campus is really nice. Everyone knew everyone when I went up there with it being such a small school, which is another thing I was looking for.”
Upon enrolling at Heidelberg, he plans to major in Exercise Science — with hopes of being a physical trainer or coach following graduation.
Along with the addition of the new hitting and training facility both the Senators’ baseball and softball programs have used to enhance their games during the offseason, Powell and his teammates believe that with the work they’ve put in that they can contend with the top teams in the Southern Ohio Conference Division II regular-season race.
“First and foremost, I think our main goal as a team is to win the SOC,” Powell said. “We’ve been looking pretty good in practice, everyone’s been putting in the work. We’ve been lifting weights a lot more, we’re starting to become a pretty solid team.”
Powell acknowledged that while his family, friends and coaches being in attendance was a sign of support for his future endeavors, it also reminded him of how grateful he is to have such a support system in place as they’ve helped him reach the point in his life he is at today.
“It reminds me how grateful I am to have them in my life,” Powell said. “How they help me with school work, exercise, baseball in general, and being a better person overall.”
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