Woodlands Student-Athlete Signs on for Softball at Augustana

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart senior Abby Hironimus officially signed a letter of intent to continue her academic career and to play softball collegiately at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., starting in the fall of the 2024-2025 academic year.

Abby was joined by her parents and brother, as well as former Woodlands Athletic Director Rosemary Briesch, for an on-campus signing celebration at Woodlands on December 12.  

Woodlands Athletic Director Dana Daly told those gathered, “I am excited for Abby.  Clearly, she knows how to work hard, persevere through trials, and endure with grit.  These qualities helped Abby to be a successful softball player throughout high school, and I know that they will carry her through Augustana too.”

Abby was honored as a 1A All-State 2nd Team member in 2023 and has made All-Conference for the past three years. She was named as MVP of Woodlands’ softball team in her junior year. 

"We are beyond excited and honored to have Abby Hironimus join our softball team in the fall of 2024,” shared Augustana College Softball Coach John Nelson.  He continued, noting:

“Abby has shown us beyond the shadow of a doubt that she is the kind of student-athlete we want as a part of the Augustana College Softball family.  She shares our priorities and goals in the classroom and on the diamond.  Her physical softball abilities are undeniable, but her intangible qualities drew our attention more than anything else.  She is a selfless player who gives maximum effort, hustles everywhere she goes, handles failure like a champion and is a servant leader to her team.  Her positive attitude and high softball IQ will drive our team to a higher level of play and bring us closer to winning an NCAA Division III National Championship." 

Congratulations to Abby Hironimus ‘24 for her dedication and contributions both in the classroom and on the field!