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Highland's Luttrull, Palmyra duo make it official

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Highland's Ashton Luttrull became the first female athlete in school history to sign a Division I national letter of intent on Wednesday. Highland's Ashton Luttrull became the first female athlete in school history to sign a Division I national letter of intent on Wednesday.

EWING/PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -- In what's been an up and down last six months, Wednesday was certainly one to celebrate for Highland senior and All-State basketball player Ashton Luttrull.

She became the first female athlete in school history to sign a Division I national letter of intent.

Luttrull put pen to paper to pledge Southeast Missouri State.

Still rehabbing from knee surgery she had earlier this year, Luttrull has fulfilled a life long dream and was practically at a loss for words when asked what it meant in setting the standard for student athletes at Highland.

"It's just humbling that I've been blessed with the talent I have and the opportunities I've had to play with all kinds of different people and all kinds of different coaches," Luttrull told WGEM Sports.

"I've learned from some of the best and that puts it all in perspective and makes it all really neat."

According to Highland head coach Brad Dance, "It's quite an honor for her and it says a lot about our school as well. She deserves it and she's done a great job. She's worked real hard and earns a scholarship." 

Luttrull continues to gain traction in her recovery and hopes to return to the floor before the end of her senior season. 

Elsewhere, a pair of Palmyra softball players made their future intentions known on Wednesday afternoon.

Liz Stansberry signed with Division I Tennessee State and Lexi Van Nostrand will join former teammate Kindra Henze at Truman State.

Both say the exposure gained with the Lady Panther program made a day like Wednesday a reality.

"It's made me focus on the team and made me learn that you have to have all those bonds to play to your ability," Stansberry said. 

According to Van Nostrand, "I'm very excited. It's only an hour and a half away which is a really big plus. Coach (Erin) Brown helped my decision a lot, she's a great coach and she's great person to person." 

Both Stansberry and Van Nostrand were recently named All-State and played key roles in Palmyra's fourth place finish at the Class 2 state tournament this season.

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