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Faith West Academy softball pitcher Valerie Shearer recently signed a national letter of intent to play for Johnson County Community College’s women’s softball team. Shearer was was named to the All-District team from 2007 to 2011 and the Academic All-State team, received an honorable mention at the All-State for 3-A TAPPS competition, and was named team captain in 2011. In the summer months she plays for Envy Gold, a select team in Waller. After six years of pitching, she has developed a screwball that will hit 57 miles per hour and a change-up at 38 miles per hour that keeps a low ERA.

Shearer is currently a member of the National Honor Society and plans to major in business. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lea Shearer. She was joined at the signing ceremony by (seated) coach Jeff Shearer, her mother Lea Shearer, (standing) FWA coach Mike Gifford, and FWA Athletic Director Greg Koch.

Johnson County Community College, located in Overland Park, Kansas, is a two-year college with more than 20,000 students. Under the leadership of coach Aubree Brattin, the Lady Cavaliers opened last season as the No. 7 in Division II fast pitch softball by the NJCAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Since 1991, Johnson County has appeared in the NJCAA Preseason Poll every year except 1997. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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