One of the highest-profile transfers affecting the local high school sports scene this school year came in softball, where Wisconsin recruit Angie Morrow transferred from Burlington Central to Kaneland. A junior pitcher, Morrow missed her sophomore season at Central after undergoing shoulder surgery in March. Morrow, who said she and her family are relocating to Elburn from Lily Lake, spoke with Kane County Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about settling in at Kaneland and her recovery from what she called a “clean-up” procedure on her right shoulder. The following is an edited transcript:
How’s the adjustment been this school year with the move?
It’s been different, that’s for sure, but I’m really liking it.
Other than the people, what are some of the biggest differences you’ve noticed between the schools?
It’s definitely a little bigger than I’m used to because Burlington’s really small. That’s probably the biggest change for me is there’s a lot more people, and I went from a block schedule to an eight-period class day.
Did you know some people at Kaneland coming in?
I knew one person, (Kaneland catcher) Paige Kuefler, and that’s about it.
Has [the transfer] been easier, harder or somewhere in between compared to what you thought?
Well it’s actually been a lot easier than I thought it would. Everyone’s really friendly there and I’ve already made a ton of friends, so that’s been really nice.
How long before this school year started did you know about the transfer?
Not very long. Almost only like two weeks before.
What’s the toughest thing about leaving Burlington? The softball program or something else?
Well mostly, yeah, the softball program and seniors I’d be leaving there. That was really hard for me.
And you guys had a heck of a team over there, too, right?
What do you know about Kaneland’s prospects for being maybe at that same level or close to it?
Yeah, I think so. My coach now, coach [Brian Willis], is a really good coach, along with [assistant coach Mike Kuefler], so I’m really excited.
I know they’re not in the same conference but what kind of rivalry over the years have you detected between Kaneland and BC?
I think there’s always been a little bit because Kaneland’s been a little bigger and I know my freshman year when we played them, it was a pretty big deal that we beat them, but we didn’t get to play them last year became of the snow.
Are they on your schedule against this year?
You already looking forward to that one?
Yeah, actually I am looking forward to it.
When do you get back to 100 percent or at least close to that?
I’m almost at 100 percent with my shoulder but I’m not quite there. Hopefully, October will be the time where I’m back to what I was.
Do you still feel rusty [during fall ball]?
When I first started throwing, I felt a little bit rusty, but the couple weeks I’ve been back, I’m starting to feel I’ve got my groove back again.