Lakewood senior softball player Kelsi Thompson still has a few more games to play for Lady Lancers, but her softball career is far from over. Thompson’s family and a large crowd of friends surrounded her as she recently signed a letter of intent to play softball for Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, as her mother, Cheri, looks on. “She always gives 100 percent, both on the field and off,” said Lakewood Athletic Director Bo Hanson. “She’s an excellent role model,” said assistant softball coach Craig Sheridan, who added that Thompson’s signing may have attracted one of the largest signing crowds to the Lakewood High School library. Lakewood teacher and head coach Criss Nadolson said Thompson was such an impressive player that she played varsity softball as a freshman. She played third base before becoming a captain as a junior and switching to shortstop. “It’s a special thing to get money in school to play a sport they love,” said Nadolson. Her scholarship was for academics as well as athletics. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon.