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Prep softball: Superior's Emma Raye headed to Northwestern

The senior led the Spartans to the state semifinals and was named the Wisconsin Division 1 Player of the year award last season.

Superior’s Emma Raye (27) fires a ball to second base
Superior’s Emma Raye (27) fires a ball to second base in the third inning of the Spartans’ 10-0 victory over Cedarburg during the WIAA State Softball Tournament at the Goodman Diamond in Madison. Raye announced Wednesday she planned to play college softball at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., after graduation.
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SUPERIOR — Superior standout Emma Raye is headed to Northwestern University to play softball after she graduates in spring.

Superior’s Emma Raye
Superior’s Emma Raye
Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram

Raye announced her decision on Twitter Wednesday saying the opportunity to play for the Wildcats was "a true blessing."

Raye, the Wisconsin Division 1 Player of the Year in 2022, averaged .506 at the plate and picked up six home runs in the Spartans' run to the state semifinals in June. Raye was also named the 2022 News Tribune Player of the Year and — for the second consecutive season — the Superior Telegram All-Area Player of the Year .

Raye had originally committed to Wisconsin before re-opening her recruiting process in August.

The Spartans junior led her team to its first victory in the Wisconsin state tournament since 1978.

Northwestern won the Big Ten last season and advanced to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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