PJC softball players Chancy Williams, Chelsea Jordan sign with 4-year schools

Chelsea Jordan (front left) and Chancy Williams (front right) have signed to continue their softball careers with NCAA schools -- Jordan with the Southern Arkansas Muleriders and Williams with the Youngstown State Penguins. Behind them are Chelsea Jordan's parents, Shawn and Vicki Jordan; volunteer assistant PJC softball coach Jack Butler; head PJC softball coach Chelsey Jordan; assistant PJC softball coach Angel Castro; and Chancy Williams' father, Mike Williams. (PJC Photo)

Seated in front are Chelsea Jordan (left), who has signed with Southern Arkansas, and Chancy Williams, who has signed with Youngstown State. Behind them are Chelsea Jordan’s parents, Shawn and Vicki Jordan; volunteer assistant PJC softball coach Jack Butler; head PJC softball coach Chelsey Jordan; assistant PJC softball coach Angel Castro; and Chancy Williams’ father, Mike Williams. (PJC Photo)

Two sophomore members of the Paris Junior College softball team, both of whom are graduates of North Lamar High School, have signed to continue playing at the NCAA Division I level.

Chancy Williams, a right-handed pitcher who led the Dragons in wins last season when they finished first in Region XIV, is transferring to Youngstown State, where she will compete with the Penguins next spring.

Infielder Chelsea Jordan has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark., beginning next fall.

Williams, daughter of Mike Williams, went 16-7 for the Dragons last spring with a 3.02 earned-run average, striking out 98 in 130 innings. She was named first-team all-conference as Paris Junior College won its first-ever Region XIV softball championship and finished ninth nationally.

PJC softball coach Chelsey Jordan noted that North Lamar’s Lady Panthers made the playoffs every year of Williams’ career, including a state championship.

“Chancy will be successful anywhere she goes. She spins the ball well and has a textbook pitching state of mind. She is a hard worker,” Coach Jordan said.

Chelsea Jordan, daughter of Shawn and Vicki Jordan, batted .254 for the Dragons last spring during her freshman season, collecting seven doubles and four home runs while driving in 20 runs.

Coach Jordan called her “a versatile athlete who can be placed anywhere on the field with confidence she will get the job done.”

At Southern Arkansas, Jordan will be re-united with former Dragons softball player Audrey Farfan and former PJC baseball players Chase Harvey and Jared Fielden.

“She has power at the plate and a strong presence on the field. She is a great leader for this PJC family and will be a big asset to the Lady Muleriders,” Coach Jordan said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.