Henke playing in national tourney

Columbia’s Aryn Henke is hitting .441 as a freshman for the John A. Logan softball team competing this week in the NJCAA National Tournament. 

Columbia High School graduate Aryn Henke is a member of the John A. Logan College softball squad that just clinched an NJCAA Region XXIV title to advance to the national tournament.

Logan (44-11) won 7-3 over Lakeland College to claim the regional title and opened the NJCAA National Tournament on Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz. against Grayson College in the double-elimination bracket. Logan lost Tuesday’s game, 6-0. Henke served as the team’s leadoff hitter and played centerfield. Logan plays Chipola on Wednesday.

Henke, a 5-foot-5 freshman who bats left-handed, has hit .441 with 12 home runs, 60 RBIs and 63 runs scored this season at Logan. She was selected to the All-Region XXIV Second Team.

The 2020 CHS grad missed her junior softball season with the Eagles due to injury and COVID restrictions kept her from playing as a senior. She hit .475 for the Eagles as a sophomore. 

All games of the national tourney are broadcast on the NJCAA TV Network.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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