Family atmosphere attracts East Webster's Reed to Holmes CC

Josie Reed and her family

Sports Editor

Josie Reed has been a part of the East Webster softball program since starting to play the sport in the ninth grade.

She considers all members of the Lady Wolverines as family.

Now Reed will be building new relationships at the next level with Holmes Community College. She signed in front of family, friends and coaches on Wednesday morning at the school auditorium.

Reed is thankful for the people at East Webster that have crossed her path to help in the process.

“I never expected to have this opportunity,” Reed said. “I’m very thankful for all my coaches, my teammates, my family and God.”

Part of her softball experience with the Lady Wolverines gave her the chance to actually play with her sister Jessi. That was special for her, but getting close to everyone on the team is considered a highlight.
“I consider every one of my teammates family,” Reed said. “Every time I see them out, I just love to talk to them.”

East Webster softball coach Lee Berryhill said Reed deserves the right to move on to Holmes because of hard work on the field and in the classroom.

Berry calls Reed “a great person” who has made a difference at school and the Cumberland community.

“She has earned the right to move on to play at the next level in softball because of her work ethic,” Berryhill said. “She is a great student and represents our school well. Put all of that together gives her the opportunity. I’m just very proud of her.”

During her career with the Lady Wolverines, Reed has been a part of a successful run of district championships, six trips to Jackson for state championship series and four state titles.

The next chapter of softball for Reed will take place in Goodman and she believes another family-type of atmosphere awaits.

“I already know some of the players that are going there,” Reed said. “They seem nice and are a great group of people.”