Jim Ellis

WYANDOTTE ‹ Wyandotte senior Kirsten Leppla, the most valuable player in the Lucky 7 Conference and an Oklahoma all-stater, signed an NAIA national letter of intent Tuesday to play softball at Rogers State College.

“Their facilities are really nice and they have a good coach,” said Leppla, who earned all conference honors as a shortstop in 2008 and as a utility player in ‘07. “I would rather go to a four-year than a two-year school.”

Leppla, who will be an accounting major, hit .500 this past season for the Lady Bears. She had 56 hits in 112 at-bats, collecting 17 doubles, three triples and a home run.

She scored 40 times and drove in 41 runs. Her on-base percentage was .595.

On her career, Leppla hit .404 with 156 hits, 81 RBI and 57 stolen bases.

As a senior, she had a .903 fielding percentage, committing only eight errors in 139 chances.

“We are really excited about getting Kirsten,”said Rogers State coach Chuck Dicus, who is in his second season at the Claremore

school that at one time had been known as Oklahoma Military Academy.

“We recruited her as an athlete first. She fits our mold: good student, good kid and very, very athletic.”

Dicus said Leppla is targeted to play either second base or left field.

“She is so athletic that we’ve got to get her in and see how she meshes in, Dicus said.

“We like it because it’s close to home and we can go watch,” said her father and WHS softball coach John Leppla. “We’ve heard real good things about Coach Dicus. They have some really nice facilities.”

The Hillcats were 34-21 last season, finishing fourth in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

“The school has really grown and we have an amazing administration that has set all that forth,” Dicus said. “We have a great place to play and a great conference (Red River Athletic Conference) to play in.”

Dicus, who previously had coached at Dewey High School and Seminole State, said the national softball champion has come from the SAC 14 of the past 16 seasons.

“It’s quite a conference and we expect to do well this year and with Kirsten’s class coming in, we’ll be even better,” Dicus said