Madison Doyle, story and photos:
This morning, Edmonson County High School Senior Callie Webb signed with Campbellsville University to further her softball career.
ECHS Principal Jonathan Williams thanked the crowd for coming to celebrate Callie, and shared a story about her. Webb suffered an ACL tear in December of 2021, and had surgery in 2022.
Principal Williams said "Callie faced that injury with the same tenacity and the same determination that I first saw her play with when I first became the principal here. She beat every timeline and pushed every limit." Williams went on to add that while Webb was recovering and making progress, he would sometimes ask her, "Are you sure you're supposed to be doing this yet?" to which she would always reply, "Yes, I think I can do this." Williams said all of her hard work and determination is what has led her to this moment and he is "incredibly proud."
Lady Cat Softball Head Coach Alex Jane Massey also spoke on Webb's character. "When I first became the coach here, it didn't take me long at all to see what kind of player Callie was," she said with emotion. "Her hard work, determination, and teamwork is something that every coach wants." Coach Massey shared that every year at the beginning of the softball season, she has her players write down a short-term and long-term goal, and at the end of the season the players get them back and see if they have accomplished what they have written. Massey said that every year for the last few years, Webb has written that she wants to play softball at Campbellsville University as her long term goal, where Massey also played. She congratulated Webb on taking these next steps. "Callie, I have seen your hard work, your devotion to your team, your family, and most importantly your faith. Take that with you and I have no doubt you will be successful," Massey said.
"We've had several good players come out of Edmonson County as Coach Massey eluded to and we're excited to have another one come join us," said Campbellsville Softball Head Coach Shannon Wathen. "The most important things we look for is someone who is going to compete at a high level, someone who is strong in their faith, and someone who is a good teammate. Other things we can work on and practice on, but those qualities right there are what we think is the most important to have, and we are pretty sure Callie has that and we are so excited to have her become a Tiger."
Webb said she wanted to thank all of her friends, family, and coaches who have helped her get to this point, but most importantly to her, she said she wanted to thank God for blessing her with this opportunity. "After my injury I didn't know if I would be able to get to do this, but here I am and I am just so thankful. It's been a long journey and I am so blessed that it led me here, I have wanted to play at Campbellsville ever since I picked up a softball for the first time. I couldn't be more grateful, and I love everybody here."