FAIRFIELD — Trojan hurler Allison Rebling made her college choice official on Friday when she signed a letter of intend to attend and play softball at Graceland College in Lamoni at Fairfield High School.
Rebling has pitched on the varisty team since her freshman season and became the Trojan ace in 2018, her sophomore season. Last year, Rebling went 13-10 in the circle with a 2.63 ERA, and also hit .237 at the plate with five doubles and 16 RBIs.
Rebling says her choice to play at Graceland was influenced by a college visit last year.
“Coach (Todd) Verwers contacted me. He came to one of our games in the past summer and reached out to me,” Rebling said. “We set up a visit to go there, I went with my mom and dad. I really liked it the campus and the people, and I talked to the teachers for my career. I really liked him and his program.”
Rebling will be joining a Yellowjacket team that finished 26-24 overall last season and 17-20 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Rebling says she’s excited to play in an area that boats several past Iowa preps, including former teammate Kaylee Watson, who plays for Grandview, a conference rival.
“Two or three years ago, the big class that graduated; they all went on to play college softball,” said Rebling. “That was really cool to have all of them on the team with me when I first came here. So now I’m going to be able to play against some of them, and see some of them on the field again, so that will be fun.”
Rebling and the Trojans went 22-19 last year and won the Southeast Conference with a 13-3 record. They were knocked out of the postseason tournament in the regional final at North Scott. The Trojans were filled with eighth-graders and freshmen last year and lose nobody from their starting lineup from the regional final, setting themselves up for a potential big year.
“We pretty much have everyone back,” Rebling says. “We’re still a young team. It’s going to be a good year, I think, an exciting year.”