Higgins To Play D1 Softball

Senior Will Attend Holy Cross

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Softball tri-captain Caroline Higgins will play D1 college softball after finishing her Rocket career.

Sofie Yurewicz ('23), Orbit Contributor

This year, a large number of RMHS seniors–like softball’s Caroline Higgins–have committed to play sports in the near future at numerous colleges across the country.  

The 2023 graduating class has excelled in athletics so far during their high school career, and that has been evident as many students have gotten very familiar with the college sports recruitment process. Reading students have signed to participate in various different sports at the college level: lacrosse, football, softball, baseball, soccer, basketball, swimming- the list goes on. 

Caroline Higgins plans to continue her athletic and academic career at the College of the Holy Cross to play Division l softball. She is a dedicated athlete that has worked so hard and has put in loads of effort to get to the next level. 

Higgins was able to discover her passion for the sport at a young age. She has played ever since she was in elementary school, and has always been advanced. Her love for the sport allowed her to never give up. She pushed herself to work hard daily, and that work ultimately got her to the place she is at today.

…as I started looking at colleges it seemed like the perfect fit.

— Caroline Higgins ('23)

When asked about how she realized she wanted to continue her athletics at the college level, Higgins stated, “Once I moved club teams and continued to improve in practice and games I realized that my love for this sport grew more and more everyday.  Once I moved to this one club team, I was playing a lot more and got a lot more exposure to coaches which allowed me to realize that I really wanted to play in college.”

For Higgins, the recruiting process was a long road.  “The recruitment process was a little challenging because I had a large list but then it began to narrow down as I visited schools and realized which schools I was more interested in. Then I was able to focus more on the sports aspect of it, as I emailed and reached out to coaches and got interest back. Obviously some coaches were more interested than others, and I had a better relationship with some than others. I was able to narrow down to my top three and then made a decision after visiting the school many times, talking to the coach every week and having them see me play a lot.”

Holy Cross has always been a school that Higgins had interest in. She said, “My mom went there, and I had been there a few times when I was young. I have always thought it was a great school and very pretty campus and as I started looking at colleges it seemed like the perfect fit.”

Higgins is one of three captains this upcoming season, alongside fellow seniors Bella McGonagle and Katie Hurley. Her teammate, Brianna Cirrone (‘23) speaks very highly of her captain: “Playing with Caroline is great! She’s an awesome leader and brings a ton of energy to practice and games. She has a ton of knowledge for the game that she shares to help her teammates get better individually and as a group.”