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Prep softball: Massetto is Trinity’s first

School’s first athletic scholarship goes to senior for softball

Posted: March 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy's Kaeli Masseto, left, signs her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore. as her mom Wendy looks on. Masseto is the first athlete in Trinity history to receive an athletic scholarship.

 

Trinity Classical Academy can now add its first name to the long list of Santa Clarita Valley athletes who have received athletic scholarships to play at the college level.

The Knights’ Kaeli Masseto signed her National Letter of Intent Thursday to play softball at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore.

Northwest Christian University competes at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics level in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Masseto said she had originally thought she wanted to attend a California Christian school, but after visiting the campus of Northwest Christian, she fell in love.

“The minute I stepped on the campus it felt amazing,” Masseto said. “It was the great Christian community feeling.”

The high school senior has played softball since she was 5 years old, in addition to playing volleyball and soccer at Trinity.

“I had the dream of playing (softball) for a college. When I kept growing up and when I started travel ball, my passion for softball kept growing and growing and I knew I wanted to play softball.”

Masseto will now be forever linked to the Trinity campus, as she becomes the first Knights’ athlete to receive an athletic scholarship.

“I’m not sure how to explain how it feels,” she said. “Amazing to know that I went to this amazing school and that I was able to play the sport I love and able to get a scholarship and to be able to say I went to Trinity and get a partial scholarship to play the game I love.”

And that is important to the senior, who said people have often doubted she could pursue her dreams of playing college softball while attending the small, private Valencia campus.

“Sometimes people have been, ‘Oh you go to a small Christian private school? Do you think you’ll be able (to play in college)?’ I’m happy to be able to prove them wrong. No, you can go to a small Christian school and do what you want to do. You will be able to make it and get a scholarship.”

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