HOWE — It was a day that had been a long time coming for Torrey Stubblefield.

The softball standout from Howe accomplished one of her goals, signing with Tarleton State University in Stephenville to continue her playing career. Wednesday marked the first day of the regular signing period for all other sports outside of football and basketball.

“I’ve been looking forward to this day for so long ever since I was a little kid,” Stubblefield said. “To have it finally happen is a dream come true.”

The pitcher/infielder heads off to a program that is currently on pace to have one of their best seasons in school history. The TexAnns are currently ranked No. 16 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) rankings for Division II.

Joining a program that is on the rise helps, but Stubblefield knew almost right away which school would be the best fit for her.

“I made a few other visits,” Stubblefield said. “(But) when I stepped on to Tarleton State’s campus, I knew it was the place to be.”

As Stubblefield gets set to finish her time as a Lady Bulldog, she acknowledges the number of good memories made with the program.

Among her favorites are the two deep runs that Howe has made into the state playoffs, which include going four rounds deep her freshman year in 2015 and advancing to the regional finals last season.

With that though, she appreciates the strong support system she’s had throughout her playing career.

“When I look back on today, having everyone with me here today is special,” she said. “It means a lot just to know that everyone has my back.”

As for her goals next season, they’re pretty straightforward and Stubblefield is ready to step out and reach those benchmarks as well.

“I want to start my freshman year,” she said. “I’m ready to work and I want to step out on to the field and play.”