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Hill, Nunn ready to travel

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HILLSVILLE -- While many girls in the area are just beginning to thing about what they plan to do after high school, two Carroll County teens are working diligently toward their goals.

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HILLSVILLE -- While many girls in the area are just beginning to thing about what they plan to do after high school, two Carroll County teens are working diligently toward their goals. Autumn Hill, a 15-year-old Carroll County Intermediate freshman, and Jordan Nunn, a 16-year-old sophomore at Carroll County High School, are hoping to use their athletic abilities to further their education and their careers playing the game they love. Both Hill and Nunn have been accepted by the Catawba Valley Storm Softball Organization in Hickory, N.C., playing NSA, ASA and AAU softball. The Storm is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the academic performance, character and athletic skills of young women. As members of a fastpitch softball team, members learn the values of hard work, teamwork and a positive attitude in achieving their goals. Fastpitch softball is one of the fastest-growing sports in our country and the Storm will be traveling from state to state showcasing the talents of the young ladies, hopefully helping them in earning college scholarships. The 18-under team had six players sign with major colleges last year. Hill and Nunn will be playing 16-under this year but will play for the 18-under team in showcase tournaments. Hill pitches and plays first base, second base and rightfield. Nunn is a catcher, third baseman and plays right and leftfield. Hill has been with the organization since January of last year and has experience in several major tournaments. The Storm was ranked No. 1 in the nation beginning the spring season and finished the year ranked No. 3. Hill is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and is the daughter of David and June Hill of Fancy Gap. She plans to major in sports medicine at the University of Tennessee. Nunn tried out and made the team in September and saw action in the 16-under showcase tournaments in Raleigh and Salisbury, N.C., as well as playing in regular tournaments. She is the daughter of Michael and Angie Nunn of Hillsville and would like to play at Virginia Tech and major in pre-med. She is also involved in honors classes and debate. The two cannot begin playing with the travel team until their CCHS team is finished in the spring, but they still travel to Hickory on weekends for practices at an indoor facility. They also have conditioning two days a week with CCHS coaches Terry Warf, Amber Faulkner and Cindy Edwards, as well as working out at the Blue Ridge Hitting Center with Dwayne and Kim Puryear.  In addition to the hard work, it takes a lot of fundraising for such an effort to continue. Tournament fees are upwards of $750 per event, and although coaches work on a volunteer basis, annual operating expenses for the team can range anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000. Parents must also provide individual travel, lodging and equipment expenses. Anyone wishing to make a donation or to offer a sponsorship may do so by contacting coach Anthony Cline at (828) 446-1141. There is also an account established on behalf of Hill and Nunn at Grayson National Bank under the account name A&J Softball.