By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(January 19, 2014) – Park View High School shortstop Malia Nelson has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Dowling College starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“I chose Dowling College because I wanted to attend a college where I could not only continue my softball career, but also pursue my dreams of becoming a commercial pilot,” said Nelson who plans on majoring in Aviation Management. “Dowling College had my major, and at the time of recruiting, had an open roster spot. The campus is beautiful and Dowling just fits my personality.”
Nelson’s character did not always lead her towards softball as she tried several extracurricular activities before starting softball in the second grade.
“I’ve tried ballet, tap dance, ice skating, cheerleading, but none of them felt like they were for me. Softball is the most individualized team sport, and I love the pressure of the game,” said the 5-foot-5 Nelson. “Being a part of a team where we can compete with other teams locally and nationally and meeting new people is probably my favorite part of the game.”
In 2013, the Division II Golden Lions fell to Molloy College in the East Coast Conference semifinal ending their season with a 17-11 conference record and 30-19 overall.
“I will add my many years of experience of playing softball and my energy and love towards the game. I’m so excited to be playing at a whole new level of the sport,” said Nelson who will play middle infield for Dowling “Taking my softball career to a higher level and pursuing my dreams of becoming a pilot all in one college is definitely a great accomplishment. I’m excited for the next four years of my life.”
Before Nelson gets to start her life in college, she has the opportunity to improve upon the Patriot’s 4-17 finish in 2013.
“As a senior captain of my high school team, I would like to share my years of experience to show my team how much fun the game of softball is and make my last season an enjoyable one,” said Nelson who plays travel softball for the Vienna Stars 18U showcase team. “We are getting fresh faces this year, and I can’t wait to work with the new girls!”
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Nelson was raised in Sterling from the time she was six months old and says her parents have motivated every day of her life.
“My biggest motivator is definitely my father. Not only is he my coach, but he’s my number one fan,” Nelson said. “He has always made the game fun for me. Without his support, I don’t think I would be where I am today.”
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. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.