HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights senior softball player Julia Campen signed her letter of intent to play at Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey in the fall. Campen was the Hasbrouck Heights starting first baseman last season, as well as the Lady Aviators second starting pitcher. She will step up to the number one pitcher spot this year.
She is signing to pitch at Centenary and intends to major in sports management.
“I choose the school because I like the campus, that it was a small school,” Campen stated. “I did not want to go somewhere that was like a city. I liked that the team is close. Not only to do they practice together, they eat together, they seem like a family.”
Hasbrouck Heights head coach Jackie Ferranti feels that Campen made a good choice in Centenary.
“From a softball perspective, I played with their head coach (Kim Broking) at Montclair State,“ Ferrante said. “So Julia will be familiar with a lot of the stuff that they do in how they structure practice. It will make the transition easier for her, since she will be coming in with some familiarity with what it expected on the field.”
“I have had another player from Heights go there, Carolyn Clites,” Ferranti stated. “She also majored in sports management, and it is one of the top majors at the school. She was able to land something within a month of graduation, so it is good fit academically as well.’’
With Hackettstown being just 45 minutes away, the school is close enough for friends and family to see her play. Ferranti noted that they play Montclair State each year, and this year have games scheduled with New Jersey City State University and FDU-Florham.
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