Trio of RHS athletes to sign college documents
By Jim Turner

Posted on May 6, 2024 8:04 PM


Three Russellville High School female athletes are preparing to sign papers detailing their college futures.

On Thursday, softball players Reese Croslin and Madison “Matt Matt” Penrod will hold formal signings at RHS, beginning at 1 p.m. Croslin will play for Andrew College and Penrod for Kentucky Christian University.

At 1:40, Meredith Chapman, an RHS cheerleader, will formally announce her intentions to continue to be a Panther Cheerleader at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Penrod, who joined fellow senior Rayleigh Roberts on the All A Classic state all-tournament team recently, is batting .433 with 4 homers, 13, doubles and 2 triples while walking 17 times., driving in 32 runs and scoring 26 instead of giving way to a courtesy runner.  She anchors the defense as the catcher. Adding to her resume, she was chosen RHS Prom Queen Saturday.

Kentucky Christian University is a private Christian university in Grayson, Ky. It was founded on Dec. 1, 1919, as Christian Normal Institute. KCU is an NAIA College affiliated with both the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the Mid=South Conference. Grayson is located in the upper northeastern corner of Kentucky near Ashland and Huntington, W.Va.

Croslin is a highly experienced outfielder for the Lady Panthers. She’s batting .353 with 7 each of homers and doubles plus a triple. She has 30 hits, 28 RBIs and 22 runs scored. The homer total is almost double any teammate’s.

Andrew College is a private liberal arts college in Cuthbert, Ga. It is associated with The United Methodist Church and is the ninth-oldest college in Georgia. Andrew College was granted its charter as Andrew Female College by the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 15, 1854. At the time, it was the second oldest charter in the U.S. to give an educational institution the right to confer degrees upon women.

Andrew College teams compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Chapman is headed to Kentucky Wesleyan College, which is well known in this area. It’s located in Owensboro and has fielded highly competitive NCAA Division II Panther teams for decades.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is approved by the University Senate of the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry as a United Methodist-related academic institution.

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