Two-Sport Athlete Joins Stars' Basketball, Softball Programs for 2014-15
Katie Heaton (right) participated in a signing day ceremony on Feb. 5 alongside softball teammate Chloe Sharabba, who signed with Boston College
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – Stephens College head basketball coach Chris Duncan and head softball coach Tracy Dean announced the commitment of dual-sport athlete Katie Heaton, a high school senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif. Heaton will play both basketball and softball for the Stars when she arrives in Columbia, Mo. in the fall.
On the diamond, Heaton projects to play infield for the Stars’ defense, while serving as a power hitter at the plate. A two-year varsity letterwinner at Aliso Niguel High School, she finished her junior season with a .325 batting average and a pair of home runs. Adding to her list of athletic achievements, Heaton was named the JV Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 2010-11.
During the softball offseason, Heaton plays for the American Athletics Girls Fastpitch Softball Club.
In addition to softball, the 5-foot-6 prospect has produced at a high level on the hardwood. Heaton played four years for the Wolverine basketball program, including three seasons on varsity for Edmond Johnson. As a freshman, Heaton was named Female Athlete of the Year after reeling in JV Tournament MVP honors and earning the ANHS Coaches Award.
Heaton also excels in the classroom as an Aliso Niguel honor roll student. In 2010-11, the Laguna Niguel native was recognized as Student of the Month, followed by an Espirit de Wolverine award, which honors students for their academic accomplishments.
Katie, the daughter of Jim and Lori Heaton, is one of six children. Once she arrives on campus, Heaton plans to pursue a degree in elementary education.