Photos courtesy Barb Proeger, Erie High School
Senior Jaden Johnson signed her letter of intent to play softball next year for Winona St. University on Wednesday in the Erie High School Media Center with friends, staff, and family looking on.
Johnson received unanimous 1st Team TRAC All-Conference honors last season in helping the Panthers to their second consecutive TRAC East Division title. Johnson also was named to the 2021 second team Quad Cities All-Western Illinois and 2021 second team All-Area squad. In 2019, Johnson was named third team All-State, first team All-Area and was the Three Rivers Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
“I chose to sign with Winona state as I really like the team and the support from the coaches. It is a good atmosphere for me to do well academically and athletically,” said Johnson. Jaden plans on majoring in Biology at the University, located in Winona, Minnesota.
Panther head softball coach, Kerrie McDonnell attended the signing along with Johnson’s parents, Jeremy and Jessica, private hitting instructor Trey Hannam and Panther teammates.
McDonnell said, “Jaden came up as a freshman and has been a core player for the last 3 years being a solid player for the Panthers. I am extremely excited for her to continue her softball career past high school.”
In a press release, Warrior head coach, Greg Jones said, “We are excited to welcome Jaden Johnson to Winona State. Jaden is an elite hitter who can hit for both power and a high average. Jaden has experienced an enormous amount of success for both her high school and elite level travel team. Likewise, she is a tremendous defensive player and athlete, who has the ability to play multiple spots on the field. As we continue to build our program at Winona State and remain among the Nation’s elite, Jaden is a vital addition to our program and has the ability to help us immediately.” Jones is heading into his 21st season as head coach of the Warriors who play in the NCAA Division II NSIC. (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
Last season, the Warriors went 37-12 overall and 22-8 in NSIC play.