|Lampp signs with Grayson County Community College|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Jan. 20, 2005 - Tanna Lampp can breath a sigh of relief knowing where she will go to college, and her parents can do the same knowing she will have it paid for.
Lampp, a senior at Sulphur Springs High School, signed a scholarship Wednesday to play softball for Grayson County Community College near Sherman. In return for her athletic talents, she will receive room, tuition, books and fees.
"It's always been a dream to play in college for a long time," said Lampp, who started playing softball in the local summer league when she was 10. "Really, my freshmen year, I realized the more I played during summer in college-level tournaments, the more chance I would have to play in college."
Last year as a junior, Lampp went 16-1 on the mound for the SSHS junior varsity. She played JV because two other college-level players, Hollie Watson and Melissa McSheffery, were pitching.
SSHS head coach John McCullough expects Lampp to be one of his starting pitchers this season.
"It's exiting for you to show that she's been working hard in the summers and all that hard work has paid off," McCullough said. "She caught the eye of Coach (Kim) Teel at Grayson County, and she goes into her senior season knowing she's already got an opportunity to play at the next level and get her school paid for."
In addition to pitching, Lampp can play first base, second base or outfield. That versatility was what Coach Teel was looking for.
"The No. 1 thing I look for is versatility," said Teel, who was present at the signing ceremony. "I know Tanna is a talented pitcher, but I know she can play some other positions, and she's a good hitter, too. You really get your money's worth when you get a player that can do more than one thing."
Lampp, the daughter of Eddie and Tawlene Lampp, is the sixth girl in the last three years to sign a college scholarship and the seventh in the last four years as the Lady Cats have had an unprecedented run of talent.
"It's a blessing to coach the talented ladies we have here," said McCullough. "Sulphur Springs is a special place. The girls grow up here wanting to play softball, and as coach it makes my job easier when they have that desire and ability to play the game."