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    Riverside’s Amanda Kolar commits to Ashland


    Amanda Kolar has long dreamed of playing college softball and Monday she realized that dream when she committed to Ashland University.

    “It’s been a dream of mine to play softball at the next level so I’m extremely excited that I had this opportunity to play at Ashland,” she said.

    Kolar, who batted .529 (46-of-87) with 11 doubles, one triple, and four home runs with 35 runs batted in and 37 runs scored, began hearing from the Eagles last fall.

    As she learned more about the school, the decision to commit became a slam dunk.

    “What led me to commit there is that I felt extremely comfortable with the coaches, university, and atmosphere,” she said. “It felt perfect.”

    The Ashland coaching staff also played a key role in Kolar’s decision.

    “I’ve developed a very strong relationship with the coaches,” she said. “I feel extremely comfortable talking to them and being myself around them, which was a huge part in my decision, as well as the current players.”

    Ashland recruited Kolar to play either third base or shortstop.

    She also has the potential to fill other positions.

    “My versatility was a huge factor in their decision, so I may be put into other roles,” she said. “I feel like I’ll fit into those roles well. I’ll learn new things and become a better all-around player.”

    With her college decision behind her, Kolar now will focus on closing out her high school career with another strong season and be as prepared as possible for her first season in college.

    “I plan on pushing myself to be better every single day getting ready for college ball,” she said. “Like going to hitting lessons with my hitting coach once a week, going to the field with my dad to practice defense, and even working on fundamentals on the tee.”

    Kolar hopes to major in graphic design.

    “I’ve always wanted to get creative and design cool logos,” she said.

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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.
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