LEONARD — Leonard High School has had one of their most successful athletic seasons in school history and added another milestone on that year on Thursday.
Baseball standout Tanner Wigley signed to play at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio. His signing makes him the 12th student-athlete to sign to play at the next level from the Class of 2018.
“It means a lot to sign,” Wigley said. “I know I put in a lot of work in to get here. It’s a big goal and accomplishment for me.”
Wigley credits his friends and teammates at Leonard for pushing him to become a better player and student.
“I made a lot of good memories. It’s huge to have all them here with me.,” Wigley said. “We all were just out here grinding and pushing each other to get better and work harder, especially in the classroom.”
Wigley also singled out his teammate Michael Shulze as one who helped him get to the point. Shulze recently signed to continue his baseball career at Richland College in Dallas.
“I started playing baseball in the sixth grade and I just fell in love with it. Michael and I were close and it’s exciting that we’re going to play at the next level.”
Wigley will head up north to play for the Racers, who qualified for the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho and will be playing this weekend. The success that the program has had in recent years was also a selling point for why Wigley chose to play there.
“They have outstanding facilities and great coaches,” Wigley said. “I talked to a couple of guys and they sold me on the program. There are a lot of good leaders on the team.”
As for what he’s looking to do as he starts his college career, Wigley says he’s focused on getting settled and contributing.
“I just want to go out there, make an impact and help the team any way I can.”