Sydney Supple has already had an amazing softball career on the club and high school scene and she still has one year to go before she moves on to Northwestern.
Syd has been a Top 10 player in her class as a top lefty pitcher and hitter, a 1st Team Extra Inning Softball All-American, a multi-year Gatorade State Player of the Year, a member of the Bandits’ teams that have won a PGF National Championship and multiple tournaments including this fall’s PGF Shootout and even got to hang with Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers at an awards banquet after being named as the Wisconsin Softball Player of the Year last May.
The Wisconsin native has looked forward to her signing with the Big Ten school for longer than she’s been in high school and shares her thoughts of what she did on Signing Day and how she’s long looked forward to becoming a member of the Wildcat family…
Player Name: SYDNEY SUPPLE
Club Team: Beverly Bandits - Tyrrell/Madera
High School (City/State): Oshkosh North (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
Position(s): Pitcher/first baseman
1. Where did you sign your Letter of Intent this week?
I signed my Letter of Intent at my high school Oshkosh North before school in the auditorium.
2. Was it a big occasion or more low-key?
It’s always a BIG occasion for the BIG Ten!
3. What did you do to celebrate the big day?
Following my school signing we had a signing party at my parents’ restaurant Fox River Brewing Company where we invited over 200 of our closest family and friends who have made this entire journey possible. We just had one simple request, that every guest wear purple!
4. What date did you actually commit to Northwestern?
November 16, 2014 was when I verballed to Northwestern University and it was just two days off the Signing Day date (November 14, 2018) of being four years since I committed.
5. What highlight stands out to you about the recruiting process?
There are too many to even list, but I treasure all those moments I was able to share with my (college) coaches--whether it was them at my game, a meaningful phone call or one of my many trips on campus. Every memory I have was a special part in this whole process.
6. What was the “aha” moment when you knew the Wildcats program was the one for you?
My decision was based on the many incredible trips to Northwestern that made me confident it was the right fit for me. I specifically remember being amazed by how many alumni always came back to the campus showing how much they must have loved their four years there. Be it the past, current, and future players along with the coaches, they all welcomed me in as family and I knew I forever wanted to be a part of the Cat family! Most importantly, I knew Northwestern was the school for me when my coaches made me feel wanted as much as a person as I was as a player.
7. What has signing with your dream school meant to you personally and to those who’ve been part of your success?
My signing was a day I have been dreaming about for two reasons: one, it means I am a step closer to wearing the purple uniform and being a part of a team and family where I admire everyone and two, it was a day to celebrate all the people who have been a part of my journey that made today possible, and allowing me to say thank you to all of them.
8. How much gear/product do you have of your future school?
My collection has been growing ever since the 7th grade and let’s just say I could probably provide gear for an entire softball team!
9. What’s next for you and your softball plans this year, like fall/winter tournaments, high school, etc.?
I was invited to try out for the Junior National Team this winter, so I am heavily training for that at the moment. Beyond that I am continuing to work my hardest so I can compete at my highest level one more time for my high school team, Oshkosh North, and travel team, the Beverly Bandits!
10. Did you ever think Signing Day would ever come after you committed almost four year ago?
It seems like I have been waiting for this day to come forever and yet I am amazed by how fast the time has flown by. I just tried to enjoy every moment possible on Wednesday (Signing Day).