By Nate Woelfel
November 14, 2012
Stevens Point–Wednesday marked the beginning of the early signing period for high school athletes to give college commitments, and a few athletes at Stevens Point Area Senior High didn’t waste any time announcing their intentions.
Softball standout Heather Woyak was among the first to announce her future plans, stating that she will pursue a collegiate career at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
“I’m definitely really excited to go. Being in this entire experience has made me realize that it’s a tough road to college and it takes time to figure everything out,” Woyak said. “But, once I went to Duluth, I knew that was exactly the school I wanted to go to.”
While Woyak was thrilled with the chance to pursue a longtime dream, she still hasn’t forgotten about an even greater aspiration.
“It means everything to me. I’ve always wanted to play college softball ever since I was younger,” Woyak said. “It was always my dream to be on Team USA, but I don’t know if that will ever happen. But, this is definitely a step closer to that.”
Though she is a softball player at heart, it was her affinity for another sport that helped Woyak make up her mind about where to play at the next level.
“I’m a really big hockey fan. Duluth’s a really big hockey school, they brought me to their stadium,” Woyak said. “That really sucked me in.”
Regardless of what, exactly, triggered the final decision, Woyak knows that she has the support of those that mean the most to her.
“My family is really comfortable with this decision, as well as I am. They felt the same way as I did as soon we walked into the school, so, everyone is very excited for me.”
Woyak was named the Wisconsin Valley Conference Softball Player of the Year in 2012 for SPASH. She piled up a .611 batting average in conference play, good for second in the WVC. Woyak helped SPASH win its 13th straight conference title and second consecutive trip to state in 2012.