Spang signs with Tiffin University

| November 20, 2012

River View High School senior Taylor Spang signed to play softball at Tiffin University Nov. 15, in the high school library. Pictured seated are Rhonda Ringwalt, Taylor’s mother, Taylor, Mike Spang, Taylor’s father and behind them are Greg Ringwalt, Taylor’s stepfather and Kathy Spang, Taylor’s stepmother.

WARSAW – Taylor Spang started playing softball at the age of 5 and has played year round since she was 9. Her years of hard work paid off Nov. 15, when she signed her letter of intent to play at Tiffin University.

“Their softball program is really good and I want to major in criminal justice and their program is one of the best in Ohio,” Spang said. “It’s also a nice, small community like it is here. You are not just a number.  Signing is a big weight off my shoulders. Now I can just focus on playing.”

Spang is a pitcher for the River View High School Lady Bears.

“I like softball because you can’t just rely on one person,” she said. “You have to rely on each other. You also make some great friends.”

Some of Spang’s best memories of playing softball are about the friendships she formed.

“I’ve gotten to play with a lot of the same people since I was little,” she said.

 Spang is looking forward to making new friends on the college ball diamonds.

“I’m also looking forward to learning more about the game and competing on a different level,” she said. “Playing college ball has been a goal of mine ever since I was really little.”

Spang’s family is happy that she is getting the opportunity to live out her dream.

“I couldn’t be happier for her,” said Mike Spang, Taylor’s father, who also pitched in high school. “She runs the bases like I did. She’s really fast and loves to steal.”

 Rhonda Ringwalt, Taylor’s mom, also is very proud of her.

“She’s worked really hard for this,” Ringwalt said. “She’s put a lot of time into softball and she’s very dedicated. When her sisters were older and played she couldn’t wait to get out there too. She started when she was 5 and has gone nonstop since then.”

Sarah Lindsey, the head softball coach at River View, also was excited to watch Taylor’s signing in the high school library.

“This is great recognition for Taylor and our program,” Lindsey said. “We (coaches) like to see kids get the chance to play at the next level and softball help them get their education.”

This is Lindsey’s first year coaching at River View and she is glad to have Taylor on the team.

“I’m looking forward to having her on the mound and seeing her leadership with the team,” Lindsey said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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