Addison Easter isn’t the only young woman who decided, as a little girl, that she’d like to go to college and play ball when she got there.
She’s not the only girl – or boy, for that matter – who devised herself a plan.
Not many go through with it. Not many stick to it.
“A while back, Addison came to talk to me and said she wanted to play volleyball in college,” Clinton High athletics director Louie Alexander recalled. “It struck me that she was very mature in the way she talked to me.
“You keep working,” I told her. “Keep working, and I promise good things will come to you.”
She gave up basketball and softball to concentrate on the sport, volleyball, she loved the most. She played year ’round and joined a travel team.
On Wednesday afternoon, in the lobby outside her home court, the Red Devil senior signed a volleyball scholarship at Mars Hill (N.C.) University. She considered Pfeiffer (N.C.), Anderson and a few other small schools.
Easter said the sentence that many say when they make their college choice: “It felt like home.”
Mars Hill, founded in 1856, is a quaint school nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Asheville, with 1,235 students and 35 academic majors.