Monday, March 20, 2023

Independence’s Nicole Ferrara signs with Tri-C

Independence’s Nicole Ferrara signed a National Letter of Intent last week to continue her education and softball career at Cuyahoga Community College.

Ferrara, an outfielder, helped lead the Blue Devils to the Division III regional championship game last season.

“I looked at other places but I feel Tri-C fits me the best,” she said. “It’s exciting but it’s nerve-wracking because I’m not there yet. I’m excited to finish this year with Independence and then continue.”

Ferrara is the second Independence player to sign with Tri-C in the last two seasons. Ciara Gorman signed with the Challengers last season.

Independence head coach Garry Moore also helped Ferrara to connect with the school.

“I have been planning to go there no matter what to save money and Mr. Moore has connections there,” Ferrara said. “I went there to meet their coach because he came to some games last year to see Ciara and he remembered me.”

Ferrara, who expects to compete for playing time in left field in 2016, is looking forward to reconnecting with her former teammate.

“I’m excited to continue playing with her for the year that we’ll have,” she said.

Before she suits up for Tri-C Ferrara has one more season to play at Independence and falling just short of reaching the state final four last season left her with some unfished goals for her senior season.

Ferrara’s goals for the spring season are very clear.

“Make it to states,” she said. “What else can you do?!”

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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