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Maggie Schandera commits to Georgia Highlands College
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Senior Maggie Schandera poses with the Dawson County Lady Tigers softball team after signing a two-year scholarship with Georgia Highlands College on Jan. 23. - photo by Bob Christian

Dawson County High School senior Maggie Schandera finalized her commitment to play college-level ball at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville Jan. 23 at the Performing Arts Center.

She first announced her intent and began the process of enrolling at Georgia Highlands College during her campus visit on Nov. 3, and plans to study in the athletic training program with the goal of majoring in physical therapy.

“I’m very excited,” Schandera said. “It’s going to be a great experience.”

Maggie is the daughter of Connie and Lamar Schandera.

Schandera first pitched for the Dawson County varsity team as a freshman and took over the starting role in her junior year. During her career she posted a 76 percent strike ratio over 416.4 innings (a total of 4,071 strikes) while recording 228 strikeouts against only 25 walks.

“It’s an ending, and endings are always a bit sad,” her mother Connie Schandera said. “But we are excited about the next step.”

Lady Tigers Head Coach Jim Pruett had nothing but praise for the graduating senior.

“I feel that her best softball is in the future,” Pruett said. “She will continue to improve as a person and a player.”