#NationalSigningDay: Everett signs to fly with the Bridgewater Eagles


Bailey Spore

Sam Everett poses with family after officially signing to play softball for Bridgewater college.

Sam Everett, captain and center fielder for the girls varsity softball team, signed her National Letter of Intent to play at Bridgewater College.

When it came to selecting where to attend, Everett had offers from Limestone College and Arcadia University. She had to take into account not only athletics, but the academic track she needed.

“After college, I plan to go to med school and study anesthesiology,” Everett said. She also prefers Bridgewater because of its atmosphere.

“The best thing I liked about Bridgewater was it is a very small school, and I work better in a smaller environment,” Everett said.

Bridgewater’s softball program is part of the NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, and has had six All-Americans, 54 First-Team All-ODAC selections, and two Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA tournament.

When she was young, Everett’s father told her that when he was her age he wanted to play college ball but didn’t have as great of opportunities to pursue his dream and never made it. This fuels Sam to make the most out of the opportunity she is given and never take it for granted.

Coach Andrea Poffinberger said, “Sam is able to breed positivity, and she would run through the fence for her team.”

Everett is also a part of the mock trial team, where students simulate a real trial and act as lawyers or witnesses. Everett acts a lawyer for the prosecution this season. The mock trial team is currently 3-0 and intends to continue their win streak. This competition allows Everett to showcase her leadership and communication skills.

Sam’s mock trial coach, Sue Peterson said, “She [Sam] is really sharp, she’s very clear in her delivery, and has appropriate courtroom decorum. She knows how to hold herself in the courtroom.”

“Sam is fierce in the courtroom,” Poffinberger continued to say.

Poffinberger closed her remarks with, “Bridgewater is getting a great player but an even better person.”