The Thompson twins’ family and friends, and coaches, joined in the signing ceremony. [ WHS Athletic Department ]

Thompson twins commit to college softball

Wewahitchka High School’s Ashley and Hope Thompson signed their letters of intent Thursday morning, Nov. 16.

Ashley signed to play softball at Pensacola State College and Hope signed to play at Gulf Coast State College.

Both schools compete in the Panhandle Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association, a body of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8.

Last year the Pensacola State Pirates, coached by Lyndsey Angus, finished the season at 33-16 overall, 13-7 in conference play.

The Gulf Coast State College Commodores, coached by Scott Thomas, finished last season at 29-21 overall, 10-10 in conference play.

The Thompson girls, daughters of Rita and Gary Thompson, have been playing on the Wewahitchka varsity softball team since they were in the seventh grade.

Hope Thompson, left, and sister Ashley stand in front of a table full of Wewahitchka trophies and mementoes at last week’s signing ceremony. [ WHS Athletic Department ]

When they move on to the collegiate level, it will be the first time they haven’t played on the same team since they were 3 years old.

“We’ve always played together since we were younger, but now we’re going to be playing against each other in college,” Ashley Thompson said. “It’s going to be a nice competition for us because we’re very competitive, so I’m excited.”

Knowing that this is their final season on the same team, they said makes senior year even more special.

“This is the last time I get to play with my twin sister, so it’s definitely more meaningful,” Hope Thompson said.

Their goal for their senior year is to make a trip to the Final Four.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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