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November 15, 2013

Official with OSU

Shortstop Randee O’Donnell signs to play at OSU

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Q&A: Randee O’Donnell, Tahlequah shortstop

Randee O’Donnell has been a fixture in Tahlequah’s lineup since the day that she became eligible at the varsity level. During her four years as a starter, Tahlequah has won a regional championship and advanced to the state tournament every season. As a senior, O’Donnell led Tahlequah with 45 runs batted in out of the No. 3 spot in the batting order. She also had 21 extra-base hits (three home runs), 11 stolen bases, a .442 batting average, a .692 slugging percentage and a .524 on-base percentage. On Thursday, O’Donnell — an All-State selection — signed her national letter of intent to play college softball at Oklahoma State University.

How did you find out you were an All-State selection and what was your reaction?

I found out through a voicemail from (Tahlequah) coach (Matt) cloud. After hearing it, all I felt was relief because I had accomplished what I set out to accomplish.

You’ve been Tahlequah’s shortstop since your sophomore year, was there any pressure on you to perform at a higher level and pick up All-State honors your senior year?

I never felt pressure from anyone or because of anything. I put pressure on myself to be better than the previous year and I put the pressure on myself to make All-State.

What are your thoughts on your senior season? Are you satisfied with the way you went out or do you wish you all could have won a title?

Of course I wish we could have won a title, but I feel good about our season. It was the most fun season I’ve ever had at THS and I wouldn’t trade any bit of it. And I will always be thankful for the memories I made this year as well as the rest of my career at THS.

How much have you been looking forward to signing day?

I’m super excited about signing. I’ve been ready for this since I first verbally committed there. But even though I’m signing, it still feels unreal that I’m almost in college. Feels like I just started here at THS.

When you think of Big 12 softball, what does that mean to you?

Big 12 softball to me means dedication and great competition. There aren’t going to be any “easy games”. It’ll be a lot of work, but playing big 12 softball is a dream of mine that I cannot wait to be a part of.

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