A Monroe City native is part of the new class of inductees in the Columbia College Athletics Hall of Fame. Carly Spalding was a softball player and 2017 graduate of Columbia College. Spalding burst on the scene as a freshman starting and stealing 36 bases, which was the 10th-best mark in NAIA softball. As a sophomore, she hit .491 which set a school record and was fifth best in the NAIA. She was a perfect 53-or-53 on stolen base attempts and ranked second in the NAIA during the 2015 season. After the season, she was named AMC Player of the Year and NAIA Second-Team All-American.
As a senior, Spaulding helped lead the Cougars to a fourth place finish in the NAIA National Tournament, which is the best in school history. She led the team in 10 different individual categories, while being ranked nationally. She hit .473 (ninth in NAIA) while recording 95 hits (sixth), eight triples (fifth), 57 stolen bases (second) and 82 runs (third). Her stolen-bases mark set a new program record. Following the season, she was named to the NAIA All-World Series Team in addition to being an NAIA First-Team All-American.
Carly started and played in each of the 197 possible games during her four-year career.
This year’s Columbia College Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 13th, in the New Hall Event Center. Others in the class include Women’s Soccer player Laurie Frew of Columbia, Play-by-Play Voice Tex Little, and the 2003 Women’s Volleyball Team.