Rega to continue education, softball career at Capital

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Kim Rega

Independence senior Kim Rega officially visited Capital University in the fall and she recently committed to continue her education and softball career at the school.

Rega, who pitches and plays first base for the Blue Devils, will study nursing in college.

“I’m very excited to continue playing softball in college and to begin my career path in becoming a nurse,” Rega said. “I really liked coach (Nan) Payne. The nursing program is top in the state and the university is what I was looking for; not too big, not too small.”

Rega expects to play first and pitch for the Crusaders.

“Kim is one of the hardest workers I have ever coached,” said Independence coach Garry Moore. “Very few people know of the countless hours she puts into her sport outside of practice. Besides the hundreds of hours improving her pitching skills, she spends an equal amount of time at the Brecksville cages hitting. My coaches and I count her success as our own success because she has taken all our instructions, along with her willingness to ‘put in the time’ to achieve her dream.”

Rega is excited about her future at Capital, but first, she has one more season of high school softball to finish at Independence.

“I really don’t want to think about the end of my senior year,” she said. “I will be very tearful in the fact that I will be leaving my friends, teammates, and coaches who have made a big impact on my life. I couldn’t have achieved this much without the support of my brother, Thomas, sister, Ashley, my grandparents, and especially my mom and dad. I love them all so much.”

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The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.