LaPoint signs letter with St. Cloud State


GREEN BAY, Wis. — St. Cloud State’s softball recruiting class includes a pitcher with family ties to Iron Mountain and Kingsford.

Sydney LaPoint, ace pitcher with Green Bay’s Bay Port High School softball program, has signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Minnesota university. She is the daughter of Stacy (Imeson), a 1990 Kingsford graduate, and Kevin LaPoint, a 1991 Iron Mountain graduate.

St. Cloud State University softball coach Coach Paula U’Ren last month announced the signing of LaPoint and four others.

“This is one of the strongest athletic classes that we have brought into the program,” U’Ren said.. “Each player has been a highly successful competitor and leader at their respective high school and club program. We can’t wait to get this group onto the field and continue to add to the success of our program.”

LaPoint, a varsity starter since her freshman year of high school, claimed 2017 Fox River Classic Conference Player of the Year. As a junior with the Pirates, she went 20-5 with 255 strikeouts in 157 innings pitched, a 1.03 ERA and an opposing batting average against of .135.

“This group is made up of tremendous students that will bring versatility, depth in the circle and offensive power to our roster,” U’Ren said.

LaPoint also achieved national honors playing with Wisconsin and Minnesota travel teams. She was No. 150 in the FloSoftball national player rankings for the 2018 recruiting class.

“The big thing was just the coaches (at SCSU) and knowing what I would have for the next four years,” LaPoint told Rich Palzewic of The Press. “It’s nice knowing that I will be playing for coaches that I really like.”

LaPoint believes the NCAA Division II school wants her to play as a freshman and not redshirt.

“I will be pitching and hitting,” said LaPoint, who tops 60 miles per hour on the mound. “I’m expecting to put in some hard work and being ready for that freshman year.”

She is the granddaughter of Marilyn and the late David Imeson of Quinnesec and Kathy and David LaPoint of Kingsford.