LETTS, Iowa – Isabelle True and Katie Koppe were two key components in last summer’s Class 2A state title for the Louisa-Muscatine softball program. However, the seniors will be opponents once they’re through playing high school softball.
“We’ve talked about that a couple times,” Koppe said with a smile. “That’s exciting.”
Both True and Koppe signed with their respective colleges’ months ago but participated in a signing ceremony Tuesday at Louisa-Muscatine High School. True is headed to Kirkwood Community College and Koppe will play for Southeastern Community College.
Fellow seniors Emma Freyermuth and Mariah Pugh signed their national letters of intent at the ceremony. Pugh will play basketball at Coe College and Freyermuth, who plays soccer for Muscatine, will continue her soccer career at Monmouth College.
For True, Kirkwood has the two most important things she was looking for in a school, making the decision a simple one.
“It gives me a lot of opportunities after it and I like that,” True said. “My two big things were how I was paying for school and what comes after Kirkwood.”
The L-M pitcher is hopeful two good years at Kirkwood will turn into an opportunity at a four-year college. Last summer, the Falcon’s workhorse compiled an 18-3 record in the circle with 191 strikeouts and a 1.50 earned run average. She also had a team-high seven home runs and added 32 RBIs, and will get a chance to hit and pitch at the next level.
Koppe was one of Louisa-Muscatine’s most reliable weapons on offense. Her .412 batting average was second-best on the team and she added a team-high 36 RBIs and one home run. Koppe chose Southeastern over Kirkwood.
“I’m so excited,” Koppe said of going to Southeastern. “The coaches made me real comfortable when I went up there for camp and all the girls brought me in and made me feel good about myself.”
Pugh, meanwhile, was relieved she was able to come to a decision in time to participate in the ceremony.
The senior standout tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) just five games into her senior basketball season after averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds through four games. With her senior season lost, Pugh made a recruiting profile in order to get in touch with schools.
“I set up three visits, one with (Des Moines Area Community College), one with Hastings and one with Coe,” Pugh said. “Coe just stuck out.”
It was the athletic facilities and campus vibe at Coe College caught Pugh’s attention. The L-M senior said she felt she belonged there while walking through campus.
Freyermuth’s decision, on the other hand, was more about whether or not she wanted to play college soccer as opposed to which school she would choose.
Once she committed to playing college soccer, Monmouth was her obvious choice. She verbally committed to the school in November and signed on Tuesday.
“I first got recruited by Monmouth when I was a sophomore and they kept in contact with me the whole time,” Freyermuth said. “It wasn’t just emails here and there, (coach Nick Rizzo) hand-wrote a letter to me.
“That was awesome because it was like ‘wow, I’ve worked so hard my whole life for this accomplishment and I finally get to have the pat on the back for it.’”
Freyermuth scored five goals and had one assist for the Muscatine soccer team last spring.