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  • Tridle, Dee sign with Fort Scott

  • High school student-athletes traditionally have a little more time between signing a letter of intent and transitioning into the college life.



    Pittsburg seniors Jordan Dee and Rheid Tridle are graduating at the semester and moving onto Fort Scott Community College in the spring, Dee to play softball and Tridle to play volleyball.

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  • High school student-athletes traditionally have a little more time between signing a letter of intent and transitioning into the college life.
    Pittsburg seniors Jordan Dee and Rheid Tridle are graduating at the semester and moving onto Fort Scott Community College in the spring, Dee to play softball and Tridle to play volleyball.
    “I know both girls are excited,” Pittsburg volleyball and softball coach Mary Packard said on Monday as both Tridle and Dee signed with FSCC. “This is really the first time we’ve had girls graduate at semester as seniors and starting to attend community college for the spring semester.
    “The volleyball team has their spring season, a shortened season, but they wanted Rheid to come in and play so she would be ready to come in and play in the fall. We’re very excited for her.
    “FSCC has their main (softball) season this spring and she’s jumping right in there with that. Very excited for her. It’s a quick thing. All of a sudden, she’s going to go there and do this, which she’s filling their need. We’re very proud of Jordan and her choice. She could have played maybe either sport and she decided to play softball there.”
    Tridle went from a Class 6A school of nearly 2,000 students to a school of around 700 students.
    “I moved here my junior year from Olathe South,” Tridle said. “It’s a lot different. It’s a culture shock but being in smaller class sizes definitely helped.”
    Tridle played a central role — alongside fellow seniors Dee, Andie Casper, Lizzy Willis, Brianna Maxwell, Alaura Short and Alycia Pollard — on a Pittsburg team which finished second in the Southeast Kansas League to Chanute and 4A substate runner-up to Frontenac.
    “She’s only been here two years for us but it’s been a nice impact with our team,” Packard said. “We’re very proud and happy for her to join FSCC and further her volleyball career.”
    Tridle recorded 119 blocks, 144 kills and 146 service points, earning All-SEK Honorable Mention and All-County Honorable Mention.
    The FSCC volleyball team finished its 2012 season 23-12 overall and 4-6 in the Jayhawk Conference. The Greyhounds featured area products Ali Cure (Baxter Springs), Jacy Ermel (Uniontown), Jackie Horn (Anderson County), Bridget McGuire (Southeast) and Dani Rubow (Chanute).
    “I think high school volleyball and college volleyball will be a drastic change but I’m really excited for the athletic program Fort Scott Community College provides for us,” Tridle said.
    FSCC head coach Lindsay Hill worked three years as the top assistant coach at Pitt State and four years as the head coach at Neosho County. In her two seasons at the helm of the Greyhounds, she’s recorded a 48-22 overall mark (.686 winning percentage).
    Page 2 of 2 - Though Tridle and Dee will not be playing on the same teams at FSCC, they will not be far away from each other.
    “I think coming in the spring and being with someone who I played with the last two years will make the transition a lot easier than if I was going by myself,” Tridle said.
    “I’m excited about that,” Dee said. “We’ll be in the same dorm building.”
    Dee started at first base for the Pittsburg softball team last year, where she fielded .966 and batted .289 for a Purple Dragon squad which doubled its win total from the previous season.
    During her interview, Dee echoed Packard’s sentiments about the girls being excited for college.
    “It’s exciting,” Dee said. “I’ve been waiting for a while.”
    Being close to home also factored into Dee’s choice.
    “It’s nice,” Dee said. “If I need anything, I’m only 30 minutes away.”
    Dee joins a FSCC softball program which finished its 2012 season 0-47 overall and 0-26 in the Jayhawk. The Greyhounds have a new head coach in Kristin Schalk, who took over in July after two years of being an assistant at Ottawa University. She played four years of college softball at Gannon (Division II) and worked as an assistant with the Gannon men’s wrestling team in 2009.
    “We start practices Jan. 12,” Dee said. “I’ll have to fight for a spot but it will be fun.”
    FSCC opens for real Feb. 26 against Coffeyville.
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