Two of Ready High School's most successful girls athletics programs the past few seasons added an extra day of celebration to their respective calendars on Nov. 10.

Two of Ready High School's most successful girls athletics programs the past few seasons added an extra day of celebration to their respective calendars on Nov. 10.

On the first day of the fall college signing period, Erin Sekinger of the girls volleyball program signed a letter of intent to play for Ohio State and softball players Dani Pugh and Haley Widner signed with Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) and James Madison, respectively.

Also participating in the ceremony was softball player Katie Ardrey, who signed to play for NCAA Division II Hillsdale (Mich.) College.

For Sekinger, it was the culmination of several months of waiting.

After verbally committing before her junior year to play for Ohio State, Sekinger made honorable mention all-state last season and the Silver Knights were a district runner-up.

This fall, the 6-foot-2 senior middle hitter was the district's co-Player of the Year. The Silver Knights won their second district title in three seasons and finished 19-8 overall.

Sekinger averaged four kills and two blocks and finished with 42 serving aces.

"She definitely trained hard and improved her overall game to be able to play all the way around," coach Mike Kusan said. "She's gotten stronger and jumps very well, and those are what you like to see."

Sekinger also considered Ohio University before committing to Ohio State, which was 20-9 overall and 8-8 in the Big Ten before playing last Wednesday at Penn State. Geoff Carlston is in his third season as the Buckeyes' coach.

Last year, the Buckeyes lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

"It's really exciting. I can't believe it's finally here," Sekinger said. "It's close to home, so my family can be there to see me. I've always had a dream of playing for the hometown team. When I went to meet their team they treated me like I was part of the family."

The softball team went 15-10 last spring despite having no seniors. The Silver Knights reached nine consecutive Division III district finals and won five CCL titles in a row before finishing third in the league and losing in a district semifinal last season. Widner, Pugh and Ardrey were key players each of the past three seasons.

Widner will be reunited at James Madison with her sister, 2007 Ready graduate Heather Widner, who is a senior pitcher for the Dukes. Heather Widner played one season for Morehead State before transferring to James Madison.

Haley Widner played center field the last three seasons. She made second-team all-state last spring and hit .419 with two home runs and 16 RBI.

James Madison finished 24-33 last season.

"It's got beautiful mountains and just feels like home to me," Haley Widner said. "It's a really good school. It's great because I feel like I can play for the love of the game (next spring)."

Pugh also considered going to Ohio Dominican before selecting IPFW, a Division I school that plays in the Summit League. The Mastodons set a program record for victories last spring, finishing 29-19.

Pugh made second-team all-district and hit .387 with two home runs and 20 RBI at shortstop. Pugh also has spent time at catcher with the Silver Knights.

"When I visited, I just fell in love with the campus," said Pugh, who is considering biology as her major. "The girls were all really nice. They actually finished second in their conference last year, so hopefully they'll have another good year this year.

"It's about two-and-a-half hours away, which I think is perfect because I can come home when I want. I've always strived to be a Division I athlete."

Ardrey hit .413 with three home runs and 20 RBI. After winning 18 games as a freshman, she spent most of her sophomore season at second base. Last spring, she returned as the No. 1 pitcher and went 14-10 with 203 strikeouts and a 1.51 ERA in 24 games.