By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
May 4, 2014) – Briar Woods High School sophomore Alexa Binckes has committed to continue her softball career under head coach Kim Schuette at Purdue University beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year.
“Purdue is the perfect school to help me achieve my career and athletic goals,” said the 5-foot-9 Binckes. “The level of education I will receive is off the charts. I want to be an orthopedic pediatrician so starting at a school like Purdue will give me an amazing beginning to my journey. Purdue Athletics prides itself on athletic scholars, and my commitment to excellence will help the team’s goal for grades and team GPAs.”
Committing during her sophomore season, Binckes became just the fifth class of 2016 athlete to hit the Viva Loudoun College Choice Chart.
“It feels amazing to be committed and to commit so early not only because I get to go to an incredible school but because it relieves the pressure of the recruitment process,” Binckes said. “Now I can play with a little less stress and continue to improve.”
Binckes will continue to work on her softball skills throughout her remaining three seasons at Briar Woods. Thus far in 2014, the Falcons are 7-5 after dropping a heart breaker to powerhouse Woodgrove High School on April 23 in the first half of a doubleheader.
“Some expectations for myself is to be the best all-around player I can possibly be. I want to be the person to step up when we need it most. I expect myself to lead when the game gets tough and make sure nobody quits until the last out of the last inning,” Binckes said. “I want to help not only make myself better but my teammates better. I believe if we can accomplish this then we will be a very hard team to beat.”
“I set personal goals for myself each game and if something fails I am going to keep a positive attitude because I know I have my team to pick me up. I expect us to be a family who plays for each other through ups and downs,” Binckes added. “I want us to feel after each game that there was nothing more we could have done to help the team. I know how talented we are, and I know how much of a threat we can be. When we all get into a groove and play as one, it will be exciting to see how far we will go.”
While Briar Woods has established itself near the top of the softball world in Loudoun County, the Division I Purdue Boilermakers are also currently near the top of the Big Ten Conference.
“As a D1 athlete, I want to be a part of a team that learns and builds on failure and is hungry for a national championship victory,” said Binckes who will catch for Purdue. “I want to be able to say I helped rebuild and lead that team. The coaches are fantastic and very driven which makes me love Purdue even more.”
First-year head coach Kim Schuette has led the Boilermakers to a 25-22-1 record including a 12-5 mark in the Big Ten. Two of their wins came against ranked opponents in No. 10 Texas on Feb. 9 and No. 4 Michigan on April 23.
“I will add another positive attitude with the desire and heart to work hard every single day In order to reach my goals. I will add leadership to help lead the team to victories,” Binckes said. “I will be a player who loves the game and would do anything to get a win. I will add a work ethic that is so determined and so focused that any goal set will be reached. I will add an open mind willing to try or change anything to benefit the team.”
A true team player, Binckes has big aspirations in college and through hard work feels she can achieve anything she sets her mind to.
“My goal is to be an All-American.”
Born in Lenexa, Kansas, Binckes travelled to Virginia where she became travel teammates with Stone Bridge High School junior and fellow Purdue Boilermaker commit Emily Kenny.
“It is going to be terrific getting to go to college and play with one of your friends! Knowing you have somebody there who has been on the recruitment journey right beside you and then ending up in the same place is unbelievable,” said Binckes who plays travel softball for Jersey Intensity. “Getting to play with her is a blessing. We know each other’s style of playing, and we know how to help one another when needed.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!