Lathrop’s Accola pens softball NLI

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 7:01 PM AKDT
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In front of the very same softball fields where she learned the game, Lathrop’s Jaelynn Accola signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her career at Johnson and Wales University’s Division III program in Providence, Rhode Island.

Accola has spent the past nine years playing softball, spending much of her time on the diamond with the Alaska North Stars and the Lathrop Malemutes.

In 2019, the Wildcats went 21-20, including 11-5 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. JMU was only able to compete in 10 games this spring in Kim Camara-Harvey’s sixth year as head coach, before their season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I chose JWU because as soon as I stepped on the campus, I felt like it was home,” said Accola with her friends and family in attendance. “I loved all the girls on the team when I went there and toured. It really just felt like Fairbanks, but all the way across the country, so I really found my home over there.”

Last spring, Accola was one of two Interior players invited to the “Softball Breakthrough Series”, a national development camp hosted by Major League Baseball and USA Softball in Kansas City, Missouri. The sought after camp invites the 60 of the top high school softball prospects from the United State, Canada and Puerto Rico.

“I would love to thank my parents, of course, for everything they’ve done,” said an emotional Accola. “And Coach Liz, Jen and Todd for putting up with me every single season and for getting me to this point in my life where I get to sign my Letter of Intent and continue to play college ball.”

Accola plans to study Dietetic and Applied Nutrition at her new school.

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