In April 28 Issue
Lady Laker senior Lindsay Ramage signed Wednesday afternoon to play her college basketball for Campbellsville University and Coach Ginger Colvin at a ceremony in the Russell County High School Library.
Ramage, a member of back-to-back 16th district champions, will bring another inside presence to the Lady Tigers as she plays at the next level.
"I've looked at a lot of schools and there weren't any that just had that fit like Campbellsville," Ramage said. "I knew it was the right place to be, plus they have a nursing program and that's what I'm going into."
Ramage said Campbellsville having that program sealed the deal on her signing with the Lady Tigers.
"The location helps a lot, too," she said.
She said the Lady Tiger coaching staff was very upfront with her about what she needs to do to get better as well as earn playing time as a freshman.
"They told me they would be there for me every step of the way but it was going to be hard too," she said. "I realize that but I respected the fact they came right out and told me. I really like them and their personalities and we're going to have a great time these next four years."
Lady Laker head coach Craig Pippen said Ramage's signing was a very proud moment for Russell County basketball.
"Lindsay has worked so hard these past four years in preparing for the next level," he said. "I knew all along she would earn the privilege to play college ball."
She was joined by her parents, Bill and Carole Ramage, and her sister Paige as well as members of the Lady Laker basketball team and coaching staff took part in the signing. Colvin and assistant coach Miranda Denney also attended the signing and said they were both looking forward to getting Ramage on campus this fall so she could mesh with fellow newcomers and veterans alike. Last season the Lady Tigers went 30-4 overall with a 17-1 record in MSC action before falling in the NAIA semifinals.
"Her parents, teammates and community are so excited for her," Pippen added. :Not so much for what she has accomplished on the floor, but because of what kind of person she is and what type of family she comes from. Her character and belief system is what separates her from many her age."
Pippen said Ramage was extremely involved in youth group at church, putting others before herself and is a workhorse on the court.
"You put those three characteristics together and is spells winner," Pippen said. "In this case, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Her parents are an illustration of what type of person she has become."
Pippen said now he gets the opportunity as her high school coach to go sit in the stands and be one of her biggest supporters.
"I get goose-bumps just from the thought of watching her play at the next level," he said. "I have no doubt that she will excel in her academics as she prepares for her career. I am looking forward to the next four years of her college career. It is going to be a lot of fun watching her compete against the best at her level."
Ramage, who played for Pippen all four years of high school, said Pippen and his coaching staff had always been there for her throughout her high school career.
"I love him and he is a wonderful coach," Ramage said. "I have no regrets about my four years at Russell County High School and I love the fact I've grown so close to all my teammates, we're incredibly close."