LEESBURG -- As birthday gifts go, this one was a good one.
Make that the best one.
"Yeah, pretty much the best,'' said Lee County's Marlee Hollomon, who signed a softball scholarship with Young Harris Friday on her 18th birthday.
Young Harris isn't just getting a shortstop with range, but one of the hardest working kids in the business. Hollomon was an easy choice for Lee County's Workhorse Award this season.
"She really deserved it,'' Lee County coach Lynn Avery said. "She's such a hard worker, stays after practice and does whatever she needs to do. She's such a heads-up player. She helped lead us to three straight region championships and three straight trips to the Elite Eight.''
Give Marlee's father, Gene Hollomon, an assist.
"My dad always pushes me,'' Marlee said. "If I was doing anything (I wasn't supposed to be doing) he would take away my phone or take away my truck keys. He reminded me every day that I had the talent.''
Hollomon was a four-year starter at Lee County who made the all-region team the last three years. She hit .289, scored 26 runs, drove in drove in 23 runs and stole six bases her senior year.
"From my freshman year on I always thought I would get a college scholarship,'' Hollomon said. "I knew I had the talent and I knew if I worked hard I would get it. I had an older sister (Hannah) to look up to. I knew how hard she worked and that made me want to work even harder.''
Hannah played softball at Lee County an then at Darton College, but when Marlee liked Young Harris.
"I just loved the school,'' she said. "I loved the scenery there and they really make you feel like they care about you. You're not just a number there, you're a person who they care about.''