Lackner signs with JCCC
A couple of weeks ago, Paul Lackner came home and found that his daughter Kara, a senior at Basehor-Linwood High School, had moved the furniture out of her bedroom and was painting the walls orange.
"I knew right away that if she was in there painting, she was staying home for college," Paul Lackner said.
After months of narrowing down her list of potential colleges, Kara had decided to attend Johnson County Community College to play softball next year.
On Monday, March 11, Lackner made her intentions official when she signed a letter of intent to join the Cavaliers next season.
"I've always dreamed of going to college and playing softball," Lackner said with a beaming smile. "Actually, I wanted to go away from home, but it seemed that Johnson County was the best fit."
Lackner's decision came down to Pittsburg State and Johnson County. She said she liked Pitt State because it offered her the chance to get away from home. Johnson County, however, offered Lackner a scholarship first and she decided to jump on it.
"It was important for me to get it out of the way before the school ball season started," Lackner said. "Pitt State wanted to wait until the season was over, but I wanted to get on with it. I've very excited to be going to Johnson County."
JCCC has one of the top junior college softball programs in the country. In the 1990s, JCCC won eight Jayhawk Conference titles, five regional titles and earned four top five national finishes. Lackner said she's looking forward to joining and continuing the winning tradition.
"I've been looking at Johnson County for a long time," Lackner said. "It's a great program and they were looking for outfielders."
On top of a strong softball program, JCCC will also provide Lackner a good opportunity to pursue her goals off the field. Lackner said once softball is over "when I can no longer play" she hopes to become a physical therapist.
For now, Lackner said she's looking forward to one last hurrah with her high school team and a bright future at JCCC.
"I'm really going to miss my teammates and coach Mayberry, and going to state and all that," Lackner said. "But I'm ready to get out of high school and get my life going, and I'm sure in college I'll have more challenges and more wonderful experiences."
Monday's signing was the first of those.