TURNER — While Alli Willis might not have been able to spend her entire high school career as a Turner Lady Falcons player, she certainly took advantage of what she was given.

TURNER — While Alli Willis might not have been able to spend her entire high school career as a Turner Lady Falcons player, she certainly took advantage of what she was given.

Wednesday afternoon, her hard work officially paid off.

With a packed crowd watching on from inside the Turner High School Gymnasium, Willis officially signed her National Letter of Intent to play college softball for Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma.

Willis transferred from Marietta, and was a manager on the Lady Falcons fast pitch squad which finished as state-runner up, before helping lead the Lady Falcons to a state semifinals appearance in slow pitch in 2017, followed by a state quarterfinals appearance in fast pitch this past season.

Head coach Shane Hill described Willis as a perfect example of what hard work can achieve for someone.

“I wish I had gotten to have Alli two to three years earlier than I did on this team,” he said. “Alli has been playing softball since she was little, and didn’t just roll out of bed and play the game. You have to be committed like she is, and work on the little things. She’s got a great dedication to the game of softball and we’re very proud of her.”

Willis will be joining a NWOSU squad who finished 18-38 overall in 2017 along with a 16-28 mark in conference play in the Great American Conference.

This season, NWOSU is currently 12-30 overall and 11-25 in conference play.

“This just feels amazing,” Willis said. “Getting to go play college softball has been a dream of mine since day one. I’m really excited that God put me at Northwestern. The coaches were really sweet, and the community and the people are great. I also really love the agricultural department on campus as well.”

“Getting to cherish so many memories with my teammates has been so special at Turner,” Willis added. “Coach (Shane) Hill has really taught me to just work hard and give it everything I have. That’s prepared me the most for college softball.”

Willis plans to major in animal science while attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University.