Tribal member Shawnee Ronyak, a senior at Northwest High School, has signed a national letter of intent to play collegiate softball at NCAA Div. I Coppin State University.
Coppin State University, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The team went 9-32 last season and now has a new head coach, Ashley Cook.
"The new coach, the new program, it's just everything about it is really great," Ronyak said. "I love the school. The team's really great. It's like your family there, which I like.
"It was a little stressful because I had to get someone's attention and put my best out there, but all the hard work really paid off and I got what I wanted: my dream to play in college and (NCAA Div. I).
Ronyak, from Germantown, Maryland, will move about an hour away for school. She is the daughter of Jim and Marcy Ronyak. She is proud of her Colville Reservation roots.
"I want to be a role model and show others that anything can be done if you put your mind to it," she said. "I'm really proud of my background and culture."
This-coming season, the standout pitcher and outfielder hopes to lead her Northwest High School team back to the state tournament.
"Our whole goal is to take one game at a time," she said.
An official school ceremony for her signing is scheduled for May 2020, according to her parents.