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Saxton girls keep rivalry going in college

May 29, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

A dozen Boardman High School athletes signed their letters of intent recently to continue their respective sports on the college level. Among the dozen were twins Ashley and Alicia Saxton, who both signed to played softball after graduation.

Ashley signed to play for Capital University and Alicia signed with Baldwin Wallace. Both will be playing softball and will likely have to face their third sister Anna Saxton, who presently plays softball at Mount Union. All three schools are in the same league, meaning the sisters will be facing off against each other since the three schools are in the same league.

"I would guess that having three daughters in itself is somewhat rare but then having all three going on to collegiate softball would be extremely rare, especially at the same time," said proud father and Boardman Superintendent Tim Saxton.

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Ashley Saxton (left) and Alicia Saxton (right) pose with Boardman High School Assistant Principal Anne Bott during the honors ceremony where the twins each received the Richard J. and Nancy L. Weimer Memorial Scholarship. The twins will be entering college in the fall and playing softball, which will make for a three-way sibling rivalry.

Anna is a 2016 BHS graduate who just completed her junior year at Mount Union. When Anna was a senior at BHS the twins were freshmen.

The girls have always love athletics and softball in general. They all got their start at the Boardman Community Baseball Club beginning with T-ball and coach-pitch on up through Pony League. Tim said when all three girls were involved the family practically spent every summer day at Field of Dreams. He did say that Anna served as a role model for the younger sisters.

The girls also played soccer and basketball, but softball seemed to be the favorite.

Now the girls will take what they learned to different schools and will face each other as rivals. For Tim, it will be an adventure to attend one of the games when the girls face each other from opposing dugouts.

"I want each to do their personal best and I hope the game ends in a tie," he said.

Ashley commented that she does care about her sister. She said, "I hope my sister does her best and has a great game. I will feel sorry for her when she loses."



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