Softball Lions tab pair from Red River
Quanah yields catcher, 1st baseman
Naron, Silvey sign with Lady Lions
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The women’s softball team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announced the signing of Makila Silvey and Paige Naron, teammates from Quanah, Texas.
Quanah (pronounced Kwah-nah) is 195 miles northwest of Fort Worth, near the Red River which seperates Texas and Oklahoma.
Silvey and Naron donned the black and gold for head coach Carrie Dodson and assistant Lynn Isnhower at Quanah High School, which was named for a Comanche chief (Quanah Parker).
Naron, a 5’6 catcher, was named the Most Promising Player during two years for the Lady Indians as well as the Most Improved Player. She earned Second Team All-District as both a catcher and third baseman.
“The Southwestern experience" is what led Paige to SAGU. “I chose SAGU so I could get a good solid Christian background to set me up for the real world.”
Once a resident of Parachute, Colorado, Naron (NAIR-un) began playing the game in the sixth grade.
She plans to put her promise towards being a dedicated player. “I also am looking forward to meeting new people.”
Paige is the daughter of Wayland and Sharon Naron.
The 5-foot-9 Makila Silvey (mah-KY-lah SIL-vee) starred at first base and also played centerfield. She was given Quanah’s Puha Award, which goes to the person who shows the most spirit and best attitude in sports.
Among her other honors, she garnered Most Improved, Most Promising and Second Team All-District as well as making the Principal’s Honor Roll (all A’s for four years) and serving as the Vice President of the National Honor Society.
Silvey was also a National FCCLA Gold Medalist. The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, formerly the Future Homemakers of America and was the president of the local BETA Club, which promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service elementary and secondary students. Academically, she ranked fourth in her senior class.
Naron and Silvey tried out for the team during SAGU's spring Campus Days, which was their first exposure to the campus.
“I look forward to going to SAGU,” Silvey pointed out, “because I want to be in a Christian atmosphere around believers. I feel that my relationship with God will grow stronger there.
“Truthfully,” she added, “I look forward to everything at SAGU because once I went onto the campus I loved everything about it.”
Makila's parents are Mike and Heather Silvey.
The pair joins Heather Wyatt (Brazoswood High School / Lake Jackson, Tx), a catcher, in a group of signees that is expected to grow larger.
About SAGU softball
Catcher is a priority for Head Coach Tim Grant and Assistant Coach Rachel Harris, whose primary goal is to land a pitcher. They also hope to land a few bonafide hitters.
Southwestern is a dual Division I member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
The Lady Lions compete in the 15-team Red River Athletic Conference.
The Purple Pride completed their first season this spring, going 2-27.
Players will train and compete in fall camp for two months. After breaking for holiday months, they begin practicing in January for the 2013 season. The schedule will be posted on-line.
A new feature next season will be LiveStats, a digital service during home games that will allow fans to follow the play-by-play on the internet.
The team christened their new, on-campus ballpark in early March.