Senior Meghan Daffern joined a host of other Kern County athletes this past week signing a National Letter of Intent to continue their education and playing careers at a four-year institution.

Daffern didn’t sign on National Signing Day due to the snow closure of Tehachapi High School on Wednesday, but Friday she inked her intent to continue her softball career somewhere where snow is just part of life: Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D.

DWU, an NAIA institution, was Daffern’s first choice. Although a smaller institution, Daffern’s top focus is her academic career and she appreciated the school-athletics balances that DWU offers.

“I knew I wanted to go into nursing as a major and the school I’m going to is an NAIA which means they work really well with playing sports and the harder majors like nursing or engineering, things that take a lot of time,” she said. “I met the coach at a tournament over the summer and he had an opening and we really clicked.”

Daffern has played for Tehachapi High School and the travel-teams SWAT Tehachapi and Firecrackers. She hit .346 for the Lady Warriors last season as a junior including 13 RBIs and a .436 on-base percentage