November 10, 2016
The Brillion News
WRIGHTSTOWN – Wrightstown High School senior Paige Cornelissen last week signed a National Letter of Intent, committing herself to playing softball at Madison College – the community college formerly known as the Madison Area Technical College.
Madison College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and offers athletic scholarships.
Cornelissen plans to major in recreational therapy and transfer to a four-year university to complete her bachelor’s degree.
Going to a junior college first will give her a chance to play immediately.
“They don’t really have very many slappers,” Paige said. She is a solid hitter and has played in the infield, outfield and behind the plate – which is where she is expected to play this spring as a high school senior.
Madison projects Paige to play center field. Coach Leo Kalinowski said he first saw Paige at a showcase for college prospects in Middleton, Wis., where her speed and strong throwing arm stood out.
The college offered her an athletic scholarship, and she accepted.
Madison College plays both spring and fall schedules, playing nearly 60 games a year.
She is the daughter of Shawn and Mary Beth Cornelissen.
Wrightstown head coach Brad Linzmeier said Paige earned all-conference honors as a junior, in her first year playing as the Tigers’ catcher. The team had a 24-4 record in the 2016 high school season.