Chippewa Hills’ Olivia Wolfe accepts offer to join Grand Rapids CC softball team

Warrior second baseman accepts offer to play college softball for GRCC

REMUS — For Olivia Wolfe, her senior season playing for the Chippewa Hills softball team is a season many graduating prep athletes dream of.

The Warriors won a school-record 27 games while also claiming back-to-back Central State Activities Association (CSAA) league titles, a second-straight district title and the first regional title in school history. In addition to the team success Wolfe experienced with the Warriors this season, she also received plenty of individual accolades as she was a first-team all-CSAA selection and a Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association (MHSSCA) Division 2 All-State honorable mention after hitting at a .480 clip on the year, including 15 doubles and three triples, with 24 RBIs as a second baseman.

IN THE ZONE: Chippewa Hills graduate Olivia Wolfe stays locked on in the ball as she attempts to get a hit during a high school softball game this past season. Wolfe has accepted an offer to join the Grand Rapids Community College softball team for the 2014-15 season after graduating from Chippewa Hills this month. (Pioneer file photo)

IN THE ZONE: Chippewa Hills graduate Olivia Wolfe stays locked on in the ball as she attempts to get a hit during a high school softball game this past season. Wolfe has accepted an offer to join the Grand Rapids Community College softball team for the 2014-15 season after graduating from Chippewa Hills this month. (Pioneer file photo)

Just when she thought she couldn’t have ended her prep career any better, Wolfe will now continue her softball career on the collegiate level after the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders offered Wolfe a spot on their team for the 2014-15 season. Wolfe will now be the second CSAA player on the GRCC team, joining former Reed City standout Amanda Steig, who will be entering her junior year with the Raiders next season.

Wolfe said she was offered a spot on the team after attending a tryout for the Raiders last week and, for someone who didn’t think their playing days would extend to the collegiate level, Wolfe said she feels blessed to be able to continue her softball career.

“I definitely didn’t think I was going to have an opportunity to play softball after high school,” she said. “I had such a fun ride playing in high school and I just feel blessed to be playing in college.”

Wolfe said the Raiders’ coaches had her run through a typical practice with your usual hitting and fielding drills and apparently, the coaches liked what they saw.

With the Raiders scheduled to return at least two players at second base next season, Wolfe said she doesn’t know what her role with the  team will be next year, but she’s going to do her best to make it very hard for the GRCC coaches to keep her off the field.

“I’m not sure exactly how they’re going to use me because I know they have a few girls already at second base,” she said. “All I can focus on is working as hard as I can to get better everyday.”

While she’ll be focused on softball, Wolfe said on the academic side of things that she will be studying biology at GRCC before possibly moving on to a larger school after two years. Wolfe noted that she wanted to possibly focus her degree on the wildlife conservation aspect of biology.

Wherever her collegiate career takes her, Wolfe said she made the right decision to focus on softball a little more than volleyball in high school.

“I actually wanted to play college volleyball at first,” she said. “But as I went through high school, softball was going good so I decided to focus more on that instead. It’s just a surreal feeling thinking back to my freshman year and thinking of all the fun I’ve had playing with my teammates and for my coaches.”

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