In a new series where we look at former Iowegian athletes continuing to carry the torch for their schools in college, we now look at Seymour. Four women are currently representing Seymour in the college ranks with three of them playing softball.
Ashtin Glenn (Class of 2016, Simpson, Softball)
A former all-state honorable mention, first team all-conference player her sophomore year and a second team all-conference performer her junior and senior year, Glenn enters her third season with Simpson College.
Glenn’s best season for the Warriorettes came as a sophomore. She hit .377 that year with a team-high 11 walks and five home runs to go with 10 RBIs. The five-year start really developed her power in her latter years of high school.
She would hit .286 her junior year with three home runs and 19 RBIs, both were team-highs. As a senior, Glenn hit .269 while leading the team in home runs (four), RBIs (21) and walks (15).
Glenn would then committed to Simpson where she plays first base and outfield for the Storm. She now enters her junior season in 2019 looking to crack the lineup for Simpson after spending the last two seasons on the junior varsity squad. Glenn is majoring in Exercise Science.
Simpson finished 21-16 last season. Their season will start up in March.
Jocey Parham (Class of 2017, Kirkwood, Softball)
Parham was selected to second team all-Bluegrass conference her senior season. After that, she took her talents to Kirkwood Community College.
Parham played a variety of positions for the Warriorettes, seeing time in the outfield, third base and in the circle. She hit .300 her senior year with 17 RBIs although her best hitting season came as a junior where she batted .333 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. The five-year letter winner turned into a valuable hitter for Seymour after hitting just .175 and .204 her first two seasons.
Another part of Parham’s value was on the rubber. She owned a career record of 29-33 with a 7.68 ERA. She would also boast a great strikeout to walk ratio, finishing with 277 strikeouts against just 35 walks. Parham gave up a combined 14 walks her final four seasons.
Her best pitching season was as a sophomore where finished with a 5-5 record with a 3.80 ERA. She would strikeout 61 batters that season in 73 2/3 innings while giving up just three walks.
Parham is now a sophomore at Kirkwood where she pitches for the Eagles. She will hope to find some time in the rubber this season after not seeing time in the field last year as a freshman.
Kirkwood finished with a 49-13 record last season losing in the NJCAA Division II national championships. They open up their spring season on Saturday, April 6 at Iowa Central.
Payton Jellison (Class of 2018, SWCC, Volleyball/Track & Field)
A unanimous first team all-conference selection her senior year along with being selected to the all-district team, Jellison just wrapped up her first volleyball season at Southwestern Community College.
Jellison was a multi-sport athlete that saw a lot of success in all of her competitions. As a senior at Seymour, Jellison helped the Warriorettes to a 23 win season finishing second on the team with 165 kills. She also finished fifth in the conference in aces (72) and blocks (64). She would amass 426 career kills for coach Jennifer Miller during her high school days at Seymour.
Jellison saw a little time on the floor for the Spartans of Southwestern Community College this season. She was in and out of the lineup finishing with 18 kills, four digs and eight blocks.
The middle blocker’s best performance came early in the season in a junior varsity match against William Penn. Jellison would collect six kills on nine attempts with three digs and one block.
SWCC finished with a 14-21 record this season, losing in the first round of the regional tournament.
Jellison also planned to join the track and field team when she committed in April. She qualified for the state tournament last spring after taking first in the shot put to earn the automatic bid with a throw of 32-7.75. She would finish in 23rd at the state meet with a throw of 31-7.75.
SWCC starts their indoor season on Friday, Dec. 7 at Buena Vista.
Ali Enright (Class of 2018, SWCC, Softball)
Enright was a first team all-conference softball player her senior year for Seymour. After initially committing to Southwestern to play volleyball, Enright is now in line to play softball for the Spartans.
The pitcher and third baseman turned into a great two-way player for Seymour. After hitting just .184 as an eighth grader, Enright would hit over .300 for the next four seasons topping off with a .375 average her junior year. As a senior in 2018, Enright hit .354 while leading the team in RBIs (31) and doubles (13).
Enright finished with a 39-25 career record on the rubber with a 4.53 ERA. She had a total of 362 strikeouts over her high school career. Her best season was as a sophomore where she went 12-4 with a 3.39 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings.
Enright will hope to find the lineup this spring whether it is in the field or on the rubber. After cancelling last season due to a low number of players, SWCC returns to the field for the spring season on Wednesday, March 13 when they travel to play North Central Missouri.
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