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Courtney Wagner signs with Buena Vista softball

Conestoga senior Courtney Wagner signed a letter of intent Friday morning to play softball at Buena Vista University. Front row from left, Rob Wagner, Courtney Wagner and Janice Wagner; second row, Conestoga assistant softball coach Chase Bauers.

Photo by Brent Hardin / The Journal

CONESTOGA – Courtney Wagner has a career goal of helping people enjoy longer lives through her work in biomedicine.

She will have a chance to extend her healthy softball career for the next four years in northwest Iowa.

Wagner signed a letter of intent Friday morning to play softball at Buena Vista University. The four-year Conestoga letterwinner said she was thrilled to join the BVU program. She said she sealed her decision after making several trips to the Storm Lake, Iowa, campus.

“The coach was really good to talk to and the girls were fun to be around when I went up there to visit,” Wagner said. “I liked everything a lot.”

Conestoga assistant softball coach Chase Bauers said he felt Wagner had the ability to become a valuable member of Buena Vista’s dugout.

“I think the sky’s the limit for her,” Bauers said. “She’s a great player in all aspects of the game. She proved herself to be one of the top players on a team that enjoyed a lot of success over the past four years, so her credentials are really good. I’m very happy for her.”

Wagner helped Conestoga win the 2015 Class C state championship and played in district title games each of the past two seasons. She collected 94 hits, 56 runs batted in and 65 runs scored during the three-year stretch.

Wagner batted .316 this past fall and posted 30 hits and nine RBI. She scored 16 times and produced six doubles, two triples, one home run, nine walks and one hit-by-pitch. She made 36 putouts and 53 defensive assists from her spot at third base.

Wagner has earned academic honors at Conestoga and has been involved in multiple activities. She was on the cheerleading squad and participated in softball, basketball and track and field. She was a starter on this season’s basketball team and will compete in this weekend’s state track and field meet.

Wagner is planning to major in biomedicine at Buena Vista. Bauers said her work ethic will pay dividends both in the classroom and on the softball diamond at the school.

“She can play infield or outfield, she has a great bat and she’s just a really great overall person,” Bauers said. “When you have people of good character like Courtney on your team that makes a huge difference. She’s definitely going to help them out in a lot of ways up there.”

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