Pantagraph area standouts Jaxynn Dyson of Normal West High School and Amanda Fox of Pontiac signed national letters of intent for softball with Illinois State on Wednesday.

The versatile Dyson was signed as a utility player. She has played primarily shortstop at West and is a two-time all-Big 12 Conference and all-state selection.

Dyson, who missed much of last season with an injury, helped West to second place in the Class 4A State Tournament as a freshman.

"Jaxynn is an energetic and spunky player with great leadership abilities," ISU coach Melinda Fischer said. "Her versatility on the defensive side of the ball will be a great asset to our team."

Fox is a left-handed pitcher who helped Pontiac to a regional title last season and a conference championship as a sophomore. She is a three-time all-conference selection.

Fischer said Fox has "good command and movement."

"She will add great depth and a different look to our pitching staff," the ISU coach added. "Amanda is a hard worker who plays with a lot of heart."

Also signing with the Redbirds were outfielder Kaili Chval of Oswego East, catcher/third baseman Chloe Jefferson of Herscher, utility player Dayna Kennedy of Mount Zion, utility player Brandi LaFountaine of East Moline and pitcher Hannah Ross of Scottsdale, Ariz., Chaparral High School.


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