After completing this season, the catcher/third baseman will be a four-year varsity letter winner in softball for the Vikings. She will earn a total of 13 varsity letters in her time at North White, including four in volleyball, three in basketball, and two on the dance team.
During her junior year, Maple hit .398 and compiled 11 RBI and 18 stolen bases. As a member of the softball team, she has been named MVP, Mental Attitude award winner, and Team Player of the Year. She has also competed in the North/South All-Star Challenge.
Also known as Nikki, she has actively been involved in her local youth group for the last seven years, has been a VBS teacher, volunteered for Tri-Kappa, and been a summer softball coach. Maple will start in the Health Sciences field at Ancilla with plans of becoming part of the Nursing program in the future. Her dream is to work at Riley Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
â€śThere are a lot of qualities that describe Nikki,â€ť said Viking coach Sarah Clendenen. â€śShe is a leader on our team, a hard worker, is determined, dedicated, and a good role model.â€ť
When asked what made Ancilla College the right choice for her, Maple commented, â€śIt is a small school with a good softball program and Nursing program. In all of my interaction, everyone was friendly.â€ť
â€śNikki is a great young lady,â€ť started Ancilla coach Scott Reese. â€śIt all starts there for me. In my interaction with her and her family, she has proven to be a person of high character. When you add the softball skills to the mix, it makes this an exciting day for me, as well. I am thrilled that Nikki has chosen to be a part of the Ancilla softball family.â€ť