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Softball Adds Five to 2019 Recruiting Class

Henley Henderson, Abbi
L-R: Henley Henderson, Abbi "Lulu" Klecan, Aileen Hill, Baylie Sims, Copelynne Whitaker

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant softball program has announced the addition of five commitments to the 2019 recruiting class for head coach Brie Carmack. Henley Henderson, Abbi "Lulu" Klecan, Aileen Hill, Baylie Sims, and Copelynne Whitaker have all committed to attend Covenant will play for the Scots starting in the fall.

Henley Henderson - Northwest Whitfield High School - Dalton, Ga.

Henderson, a native of Dalton, Ga., attended Northwest Whitfield High School where she earned varsity letters in both softball and tennis. She was also a scholar-athlete, a second team all-region honoree, and a member of the .400 club during her time as a catcher and outfielder. Henderson currently plays travel ball for Proformance Sports Academy and has played with them for a year.

Planning to major in business, Henderson comes to Covenant as a Georgia Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. "I was seeking a college that would challenge me in my studies, in my faith, and also in my athletic career. Covenant provides the foundation for me to grow in my faith as well as my softball career," Henderson said about her decision to attend Covenant.

Abbi "Lulu" Klecan - Greenbrier High School - Greenbrier, Tenn.

Klecan, a pitcher from Greenbrier, Tenn., attended and played softball at Greenbrier High School. As a first baseman and outfielder, Klecan was an all-district selection and helped lead her team to a state tournament appearance in 2017. She also was a member of the Nashville Nighthawks for the past four years.

Klecan is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and was a Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Award winner for academics. At Covenant, she plans to major in chemistry in the hopes of using her education to become a Pharmacist. "I love the Christian atmosphere, and everyone has been so welcoming and nice. The campus is beautiful. I think it is where I am meant to be," Klecan said on choosing Covenant.

Aileen Hill - The King's Academic - Cumming, Ga.

Hill comes to Covenant from Cumming, Ga., where she attended The King's Academy. During her high school career, Hill helped her team to four state tournament championships, finishing her career with a 95-3 record. She was a three-time all-region honoree and a two-time all-state selection. A versatile player, Hill can catch, play second and third base, as well as outfield. She spent the last two years playing in the GA Power Organization.

Hill, a graduate with distinction, volunteers at her church with Families on Missions. Planning to major in biology and business, Hill aspires to be a physical therapist one day. "I chose Covenant for the Christian atmosphere and challenging professors," Hill said in regards to her decision.

Baylie Sims - Haleyville High School - Haleyville, Ala.

Sims comes to Covenant from Haleyville, Ala., where she attended and lettered in softball for four years at Haleyville High School. A pitcher and first baseman, she was named to the Alabama All-Star softball team. She currently plays for NSync Lightning and has for the past two years.

A salutatorian of her graduating class, Sims brings high academics to Covenant, spending all four years on the "A" honor roll. Planning to double major in business with a concentration in finance and community development, Sims aspires to become an economic developer. On choosing Covenant, Sims said "After a lot of prayer, I chose Covenant because the Lord was calling me to continue my education and softball career at a college that would not only strengthen me academically but also spiritually."

Copelynne Whitaker - White House High School - White House, Tenn.

Whitaker, a catcher and middle infielder, comes to Covenant from White House, Tenn., and White House High School. Whitaker was a three-time all-district and all-county team member during her career. She finished her high school career with a .478 batting average, .515 on-base percentage and .576 slugging percentage. Whitaker has also spent the last three years as a member of the Nashville Nighthawks 2000.

Planning to major in biology and chemistry, Whitaker intends on using her education to pursue a career in pediatric oncology. She graduated high school with highest recognitions and was a four-time TSSAA All-Academic team member.

"From the moment I stepped on campus my heart felt heavy for Covenant," Whitaker said. "The atmosphere and community feel reminded me of home. I have been looking for a smaller school that had a good community, and Covenant was perfect. The campus is beautiful as well, especially in the spring. No matter where else I visited and how much I prayed, Covenant was always on my mind. It was perfect. I was going to be able to continue my passion, I would get an awesome education, and my four-year home would be like a family. That was what brought me to make my final decision to play at Covenant."

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