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Illinois 2012 Recruits
2012 Softball Signing Class Packs Power, Speed & Defense
Sullivan uses nation-wide recruiting to add six to the Illinois softball family
Nov. 10, 2011 URBANA, Ill. - University of Illinois softball head coach Terri Sullivan added six student-athletes to the Fighting Illini family on Thursday with the announcement of the 2012 recruiting class. Sullivan brings in talent from across the nation, with representative of the states of California, Illinois, Kansas and Texas joining the Orange and Blue. The 2012 Illini class includes Kylie Johnson (Kankakee, Ill./Kankakee), Remeny Perez (Tustin, Calif./Tustin), Cheyenne Rankin (Paola, Kansas/Paola), Katie Repole (Bulverde, Texas/Smithson Valley), Jade Smith (New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels) and Danielle Trezzo (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove). Sullivan on the 2012 signing class: "I am so excited and proud to welcome six great student-athletes and six fantastic families to the University of Illinois and our Fighting Illini softball family. Throughout the recruiting process, everyone in our campus community that has met them has come away saying the same thing: `Wow!' Athletically, they are very gifted. As people, they are even better. Our fans will enjoy watching them play and getting to know them." Meet the Newest Illini: Kylie Johnson Position: Outfield Hometown/High School: Kankakee, Ill./Kankakee High School Coach: Deb Johnson Travel Team: Team Oak Stars 18U Travel Coach: Laura Harms Notes: MaxPreps.com First Team Underclassmen All-America ... Chicago Tribune First Team All-State ... Kankakee Daily Journal First Team All-Area ... Two-time First Team All-Southland Conference ... Batted .675 with a .710 on-base percentage during the 2011 season at Kankakee, stealing 76 bases while scoring 67 runs and batting in 38 more ... Holds the Kankakee High School records for most hits, highest batting average, highest on-base percentage, most singles, longest hitting streak, most stolen bases and most runs scored ... Helped lead Kankakee to Southland Athletic Conference Championships in 2009-11 ... Hit .591 with 104 hits, including six doubles, while totaling 70 runs scored and 52 stolen bases during the 2011 summer season with Team Oak Stars 18U ... National Honor Society member ... Ranks second overall in a class of 383 students at Kankakee ... Kankakee Honor Roll award recipient during each semester ... Parents are Carl and Kelli Johnson ... Plans to focus her studies at the University of Illinois in kinesiology ... Chose the Fighting Illini over offers from DePaul, Western Illinois and Tulsa. Sullivan on Kylie Johnson: "We received an email from Laura Harms, Kylie's travel ball coach and a former NPF player, that really emphasized Kylie's athleticism and speed in particular. Coach Katie O'Connell went out to watch her play in Bloomington, and of course had the stop watch ready to go. Katie [O'Connell] got a home-to-first time in Kylie's first at bat, but then recorded another and another and yet another believing the stopwatch had to be wrong! You can't blink your eyes when Kylie is up to bat or you will miss her in action! Kylie is an automatic scoring threat when she gets on first base. She has grown up an Illini fan and now will have those great fans of ours excited to watch her in action." Team Oak Stars 18U Gold Head Coach Laura Harms: "Kylie is ecstatic about being part of the Illinois program. She is an amazing softball player with unbelievable speed, skill, heart, and passion for the game. More important, Kylie has a great head on her shoulders that will help her succeed in the classroom and on the field. Kylie has always had the dream of becoming a Fighting Illini softball player and we are all so excited to watch that dream come true." Remeny Perez Position: Infield/Outfield Hometown/High School: Tustin, Calif./Tustin High School Coach: Pepe Vasquez Travel Team: California Cruisers Travel Coach: Lyn Christensen Notes: Earned second-team all-league and received the MUN Outstanding Award while playing for Tustin ... Hit .421 with a pair of homers as the lead-off hitter for Tustin High School in 2011 ... Plays travel ball for the California Cruisers and coach Lyn Christensen, batting .375 while the Cruisers earned a third place finish in the nation and second place finish within the state of California ... Parents are Lorraine Perez and Robert Larson ... Was invited to and attended President Obama's Inauguration ... Plans to focus her studies at the University of Illinois in either psychology or business ... Chose to become an Illini over, among other choices, offers from Purdue and UC Davis. Sullivan on Remeny Perez: "Coach Donna DiBiase was at a tournament in California and was taking a look at a pitcher we had on our radar. A lefty batter came up and just roped a double to left-center field off of the pitcher, and Donna took note. The same batter came up again, and lined a ball to right-center field. Remeny was that player. She never stopped hitting that entire weekend! Remeny is also the type of player that loves to be up to bat in pressure situations, and thrives on performing her best in those moments. She really uses the whole field well, and doesn't have many pitches that she doesn't like!" California Cruisers Gold Head Coach Lyn Christensen: "Remeny Perez is the consummate teammate. Her discipline and her work ethic are contagious, evoking both respect and unity from those around her. Remeny is arguably the most mature student-athlete I have ever coached. Her character and integrity are as powerful to a team as her big lefty swing! I look forward to following her journey with the Fighting Illini!" Cheyenne Rankin Position: Infield/Outfield Hometown/High School: Paola, Kansas/Paola High School Coach: Troy Collier Travel Team: DeMarini Zephyrs Travel Coach: Ryan Taylor Notes: Has lettered for Paola in each of her three seasons ... Earned First Team All-State as a junior in 2011 ... Two-time all-league honoree ... 2011 Second Team All-Metro ... Led 2010 and 2011 Paolo softball teams to third place finishes in the Kansas state tournament ... Batted .540 with an .885 slugging percentage and .580 on-base percentage, stealing 21 bases as well, during the 2011 season ... Batted .406 with a .520 on-base percentage and recording a .980 fielding percentage for her travel team, the DeMarini Zephyrs ... Earned a top-five finish at the DeMarini Invitational 18U Gold and a top-10 placing at the Colorado Fireworks Tournament ... Is a multi-sport athlete, lettering in volleyball twice as well ... Parents are Donnie and Tracy Rankin ... Plans to focus her studies at the University of Illinois in either sport management or athletic/physical training ... Chose Illinois over offers from Texas Tech, Georgia and the University of South Alabama. Sullivan on Cheyenne Rankin: "Cheyenne is a no-nonsense player! She is a competitor and someone who brings a high level of expectation to the field for herself and her teammates. Cheyenne hits for power but also has an exciting element of speed in her game. While Coach Donna DiBiase and I were recruiting in Colorado we watched her just go after every pitcher she faced, every pitch she saw. She wasn't playing in Mile High Stadium, but absolutely hit like she should be in a Rockies uniform! The next weekend at a tournament in the suburbs of Chicago I walked up to the field and saw Cheyenne hitting off a tee in between innings of her game with her Mom because she wasn't happy with her at bats at that point. She never settles!" Paola Softball Head Coach Troy Collier on Cheyenne Rankin: "Cheyenne is a great asset to our team. She is one of the greatest Panthers and has worked extremely hard to get where she is. I am very proud of her and her accomplishments. The Paola coaching staff wishes her the best!" DeMarini Zephyrs Head Coach Ryan Taylor on Cheyenne Rankin: "Cheyenne will work super hard for the Illini program. She is a special talent with great athleticism. Cheyenne is the type of player that will step up under pressure - she is a gamer! Cheyenne is an extremely motivated and vocal lead - she leads by example on the field." Katie Repole Position: Infield Hometown/High School: Bulverde, Texas/Smithson Valley High School Coach: Lisa and Wayne Daigle Travel Team: Texas Bombers Gold Travel Coach: Scott Smith Notes: Three-time All-Comal County ... Two-time Express News All-Area Team selection ... 2010 Express News Super Team selection ... Smithson Valley earned district titles during Repole's freshman, sophomore and junior seasons ... Batted .456 with five home runs, 36 RBIs and 13 stolen bases during her first year of softball at Smithson Valley ... Followed up her stellar freshman season by hitting .515 with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs and 15 stolen bases as a sophomore before connecting for a .502 batting average with six homers, 40 RBIs and 12 stolen bases as a junior ... Travel team, the Texas Bombers Gold, finished in second at the 2010 Colorado Independence Day Tournament and in the top-20 at the 2010 ASA Gold Nationals and 2011 Premiere Nationals ... Batted .462 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs during the 2011 summer season with the Texas Bombers Gold ... Three-time academic all-district honoree ... Nickname is "Crash" ... Parents are Mary and Brian Repole ... Plans to focus her studies at the University of Illinois in special education ... Chose Illinois over offers from powerhouse Pac-12 and Big 12 Conference programs in Texas, Oklahoma and Washington, in addition to other institutions. Smithson Valley Softball Head Coach Lisa Daigle: "How can I even sum Katie up? I'm speechless. Katie is the best leader that I have coached. She is the epitome of what hard work, determination, selflessness and integrity are. She has such goodness about her as a person. Katie is nothing less than what a parent could ask for and/or what a coach dreams of in a player. I couldn't hit her enough balls, or pitch her enough batting practice. She always wants more. Katie just wants to play ball." Texas Bombers Gold Head Coach Scott Smith: Katie "Crash" Repole is one of the toughest softball players out there! For our team and program she sets the standard for us in that area! She plays the game the way it's meant to be played - hardnosed and all-out 100 percent of the time! She blends power, speed and a relentless approach to playing defense. She fits the mold of a University of Illinois softball player! Jade Smith Position: Outfield Hometown/High School: New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels High School Coach: Andy Schmid Travel Team: Texas Bombers Gold Travel Coach: Scott Smith Notes: 2011 First Team All-Central Texas, All-Region, San Antonio Super Team and All-Comal County ... Three-time all-district selection ... Batted .555 with 51 stolen bases, 46 runs scored and 20 RBIs for New Braunfels in 2011 ... Helped pace New Braunfels Texas High School 5A Area Championship ... Hit .460 with 42 stolen bases, 42 runs scored and 16 RBIs for the Texas Bombers Gold, while the Bombers finished in the top-20 at the 2011 ASA Gold Nationals and Premiere Nationals ... Three-time academic all-district at New Braunfels ... Parents are Scott and Irma Smith ... Plans to focus her studies at the University of Illinois in communications ... Chose to become an Illini over offers from Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Iowa and additional programs. Sullivan on Katie Repole and Jade Smith: "It feels like Jade and Katie (Crash) have been a part of our team for some time already! I first saw them play three years ago at a tournament in Texas on a Saturday night, in what was the last game of the day. It was 10pm, cold, and I was five months pregnant. I looked over and saw a team warming up that was very organized and very enthused, so I thought I would watch an inning or so. Jade led off the game with a single on a bunt for hit, stole second, and Katie (Crash) hit a double off the wall to score her, so, I thought, hmmm, this team is decent, these two look pretty good, I will keep watching. Well, they exceeded the "pretty good" evaluation in the rest of that game, the next morning, and ever since!
"Jade and Crash are very charismatic and could become the face of our program, similar to what Dee Brown was to Illinois Basketball! Playing on the same travel ball team for Coach Scott Smith (Jade's Father), we have had the privilege of seeing what they can team up and do to an opponent.
"Jade is a table setter at the plate offensively because of her speed and game smarts. In the outfield, just when you think one of her opponents has a double in the gap, she uses that speed and takes a great angle to the ball to steal what would be a hit against most any other outfielder! She also loves to "have to get on base" for her team, and gets it done at crunch time over and over again. She never stops working on her game, and never puts down her cleats for a break!
"Crash is a wall in the infield, has no fear, and delivers big blows to her opponents when she is up to bat, especially when runners are on base! She knows the game, loves the "big game" and will not stop asking our staff about what she needs to work on to take her game to an even higher level than it is already at. Her maturity and leadership skills are unparalleled for a high school senior, and she can't arrive here soon enough!"
New Braunfels Softball Head Coach Andy Schmid on Jade Smith: "You are getting a hard worker and a great leader. She is a Player that goes 100 % all the time and gives you everything that she has. Jade has a lot of speed and is dangerous. A great kid in the class room and a great kid to have on the team because people rally around Jade because of her work ethic and never quit attitude" Texas Bombers Gold Head Coach Scott Smith on Jade Smith: "Jade brings a ton of speed to the game in both areas. Her ability to run on offense makes her a threat to score and steal bases every time she is on base. On defense, her ability to cover ground in the outfield and take away hits really gave our team an advantage!" Danielle Trezzo Position: Infield/Outfield Hometown/High School: Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove High School Coach: Ron Havelka Travel Team: Bartlett Silverhawks 18U Travel Coach: Brad Dennison Notes: Two-time West Suburban Gold All-Conference ... Two-time Reporter All-Area, 2010 Daily Herald DuPage Valley and Bugle All-Area ... Led Downers Grove to conference championships in 2010-11, reaching the Illinois 4A State Sweet Sixteen (2011) and Elite Eight (2010), with Downers Grove earning 58 wins combined during the 2010-11 seasons ... Scored 42 runs and earned 38 RBIs to go with eight homers, eight doubles and three triples during junior season after scoring 40 runs, driving in 44 more and connecting for 12 homers and nine doubles as a sophomore at Downers Grove ... Finished fifth (2010-11) ninth (2009-10) at the NSA "A" Nationals as a member of the 2009-10 Downers Grove Outlaws 18U travel team ... Downers Grove Honor Roll member in every semester ... 2011 IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award ... Parents are Joe and Lori Trezzo ... Plans to focus her studies at the University of Illinois in sports management ... Chose to join the Orange and Blue over a number of other offers, including Northern Illinois. Sullivan on Danielle Trezzo: "Danielle was signed up to come to one of our camps and unfortunately had an injury that prevented her from participating, so she signed up for another one. At that camp we had a competition called "quick release" between campers. I always watch closely to not only see who wins competitions, but also, who really cares about winning and competing. After her and her partner completed the drill, she immediately turned to see if they had won and they did. We love competitors who love to win and hate to lose! She is that type of competitor. Danielle has great bat speed; the ball really explodes off of her bat, and she is versatile defensively." Downers Grove Softball Head Coach Ron Havelka on Danielle Trezzo: "Danielle is truly an Illini! Her great workmanship and passion for the game has helped her to improve every season. She is extremely competitive and is always the first person to arrive at practice. Offensively, she has great bat speed and power, and comes up big under pressure. Defensively, her athleticism and arm strength makes her very versatile. Danielle has been a great asset to Downers Grove and will definitely be a great addition to the Illini program." Bartlett Silverhawks Head Coach Brad Dennison on Danielle Trezzo: "Danielle is a five-tool player. I have great respect for her as a person and as a player, as she has great character. Danielle is a smart athlete who has the ability to pick up advanced concepts quickly and her competitive nature, positive attitude and work ethic make her a great leader for us!" Terri Sullivan "Chalk Talk" - Important factors in the recruitment for the 2012 class Sullivan on how the 2012 class fills Illinois' needs: "Offensively, the need was great power and speed. Defensively, we wanted athletic players with the ability to play multiple positions. We knew it was going to be hard to replace the power production of two four-year starters in Kelley Wedel and All-American Meredith Hackett as well as the versatility and speed of Danielle Vaji and Nikki Simpson. Ultimately, this class has more power, more speed and represents greater defensive versatility." Sullivan on the recruiting pipeline to Texas: "First and foremost, our philosophy is to recruit the best student-athletes regardless of where that leads us geographically. This class has great players from California, Kansas, Texas and Illinois - specifically Chicago and Kankakee within our home state. We have enjoyed several great players in our program that hail from Texas. Certainly, Jade and Katie have the ability and potential to be the best ever. There is a recipe: build strong relationships, get in early, find a good academic fit, have a great family support system and play an ultra-competitive national schedule. Our biggest reason for continued success has been the family atmosphere that recruits feel when they visit campus and spend time with our team." Sullivan on the importance of a winning background: "At Illinois we have a saying, `Winners Win.' I believe kids that have won on several levels have a way about them, a swagger or high level of confidence. I also believe that is contagious. We want student-athletes who are energetic and enthusiastic, positive and motivated, hardworking and big dreamers. Each young lady in this class has enjoyed great athletic success, individually and as part of a team. I think that bodes well for this program, because winners win!" Sullivan on how this recruiting class ranks in comparison to previous classes: "Each class is unique based on what the needs are for that year. If you look at power, this group is special. Looking at speed and at defensive skills, they are also special. This group has exceptional leadership abilities and chemistry. So yes, we have high expectations for this group. Ranking classes is a lot like asking a parent to rank their kids. Of course, my dad would say his favorite child was whoever buys the best Christmas gifts." Sullivan on the significance of the Big Ten Network: "I can't say enough good things about the BTN and the positive impact it has had on our program, both financially and exposure-wise. Families from all across the country love being able to watch our team play - not just parents, but grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbors, high school coaches and friends. Also, the increased media exposure has been a great learning experience for our players."
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Indiana 2012 Recruits
IU Softball Inks Seven During Early Signing Period Nov. 18, 2011 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Softball Head Coach announced the signing of seven student-athletes to the 2012 signing class and will be freshmen for the 2012-13 academic year. Michelle Gardner
The class includes
Brooke Boetjer (Fillmore, Ind.), Katie Bosler (Carmel, Ind.), Katelyn Conenna (Addison, Ill.), Kelsey Dotson (Silver Lake, Ind.), Kassi Farmer (Columbia, Ill.), Michelle Huber (Carmel, Ind.) and Lexi Reese (Lebanon, Ind.)
"I am thrilled to announce this 2012 signing class for many different reasons," Gardner said as she prepares to enter her fourth year at Indiana. "One reason being all of our signees have had extensive travel ball experience and have competed against the highest level of competition across the country. This is a great young group coming in, both academically and athletically, and I'm excited to have them as Hoosiers."
Here is a look at each of the signees:
Brook Boetjer Fillmore, Ind. • South Putnam High School
Plays for head coach Chris Jones at South Putnam (Ind.) High School ... is a three-time recipient of Greencastle's Banner Graphic Player of the Year award ... was named a 2011 IHSAA All-State player ... has been named an all-conference performer each of her three seasons so far and has lead South Putnam to three consecutive conference titles ... led South Putnam to its first-ever 2A Girls State Championship ... hit .474 as a junior with six home runs ... also drove in 26 and collected 10 doubles ... as a pitcher, she was 21-1 and registered 184 strikeouts on her way to 0.45 ERA ... as a sophomore, she posted 149 strikeouts and had an ERA of 0.60 ... also hit .444 with 26 RBI ... had five triples and eight doubles ... came in as a freshman and went 12-1 and had an ERA of 0.39 ... posted five doubles, four home runs and 25 RBI at the plate ... played travelball for the Indiana Shockwaves and head coach Troy Werner ... won three consecutive ASA state titles ... has claimed thee top 10 finishes at USA/ASA Nationals ... has also earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and swimming ... is the daughter of Douglas and Michelle Boetjer ... has two siblings, Coledon and Oceaia.
Katie Bosler Carmel, Ind. • Carmel High School
Plays for head coach Emily Good at Carmel (Ind.) High School ... plays at Carmel with another 2012 IU signee, Michelle Huber ... is a three-year letterwinner ... has been named an all-conference selection each of the past two seasons ... also a all-county honoree for two seasons and All-North Honorable Mention ... hit .344 as a junior while leading Carmel to the 4A State Championship ... posted a robust .427 avearge as a sophomore ... played travelball for Indiana Magic Gold for head coach Kim Clay ... placed 17th at the 18U Gold Nationals in 2011 with the Indy Dreams Gold ... also claimed the 2007 NSA 14U national championship ... also named a scholar-athlete ... is the daughter of Greg and Paula Bosler ... has one brother, Matt, who is a junior at Indiana University
Katelyn Conenna Addison, Ill. • Immaculate Conception High School
Plays for head coach Frank Reaber at Immaculate Conception (Ill.) High School ... helped ICHS to back-to-back conference championships for the first time in school history ... hit .548 as a junior to set the school record in addition to driving in 37 RBI ... was named the conference player of the year ... A three-time Daily Herald All-Area Honorable Mention ... also twice named to Pioneer Press All-Area team ... posted a .535 average at the plate and drove in 47 runs as a sophomore to set a school record ... named to all-conference team and was Third Team All-State ... played her freshman year at Driscoll Catholic High School before the school was closed following the year ... hit .430 and collected 42 RBI as a freshman ... led Driscoll Catholic to the 2009 IHSA 2A state basketball title ... a three-time selection to the academic honor roll ... played travelball for DuPage Diamond Dawgs, where her father, Dominic, was the head coach ... the team placed 25th at 2011 ASA Northern Nationals ... finished the 2009 season tied for ninth at USSSA Nationals and she was named to the All-Tournament team ... is the daughter of Dominic and Julie Conenna ... has a sister, Jessica, and a brother, Nicholas
Kelsey Dotson Silver Lake, Ind. • Warsaw Community High School
Plays for head coach Jim Speicher at Warsaw (Ind.) Community High School ... hit .574 as a junior and blasted 11 home runs and 39 RBI ... set school record for home runs and the fifth-most all-time in the state of Indiana ... named First Team All-State ... team broke the Indiana state record for home runs with 33 ... received the team MVP award each of her three seasons while also being named all-conference each season ... hit .605 as a sophomore with seven home runs and 35 RBI on her way to being named Third Team All-State ... registered a .431 batting average as freshman while hitting five home runs and plating 26 runs ... played travelball for the Indiana Shockwaves '93 for head coach Troy Werner ... team placed fifth at ASA "A" nationals in 2011 ... is the daughter of Jeff and Brenda Dotson ... has one sister, Kayley.
Columbia, Ill. • Columbia High School
Plays for head coach Rhonda Major at Columbia (Ill.) High School ... hit .464 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI as a junior ... received Third Team All-State accolades in addition to first team all-conference and all-area ... team has won three consecutive conference titles ... also won the 2011 regional championship ... as a sophomore, she hit .391 with four home runs and 24 RBI while being named second team all-area ... came in as a freshman and hit .375 with three home runs and 22 RBI ... received first team all-conference and second team all-area honors ... garnered the team's Best Offensive Player award ... played travelball for Beverly Bandits and head coach Bill Conroy ... was a member of the Colorado Tournament championship team with the Southern Force ... the daughter of Alan and Kari Farmer ... has a sister, Kalli, and a brother, Korbin.
Michelle Huber Carmel, Ind. • Carmel High School
Plays for head coach Emily Good at Carmel (Ind.) High School ... is teammates with Katie Bosler, another signee in the 2012 class for IU ... hit .357 as a junior with five home runs and 27 RBI ... was named all-conference, all-county and All-North Indianapolis ... helped lead Carmel to the 4A State Championship with a 28-2 record ... posted a .382 batting average as a sophomore and was named All-North Indianapolis Honorable Mention ... team won the conference title while registering a 24-3 record ... played travelball for Team Indiana Gold and head coach Jeanne Rayman ... team placed 25th at the 2011 ASA/USA Nationals ... is the daughter of Steve and Martha Huber ... has one sister, Maria, who is a sophomore at IU ... her father also played baseball at the collegiate level.
Lexi Reese Lebanon, Ind. • Lebanon High School
Plays for head coach Steve Smith at Lebanon (Ind.) High School ... is a three-time First Team All-Conference selection ... hit .506 with 42 RBI as a junior at Lebanon ... named the Defensive Player of the Year ... won conference titles as a sophomore and junior ... played travelball for Indy Dreams '94 for her father and head coach Chris Reese ... won the 2008 NSA National Championship and multiple state championships and is now playing for the Indiana Shockwaves '93 coached by Troy Werner, the team placed fifth at ASA "A" nationals in 2011... is the daughter of Chris Reese and SusAnne Castetter ... has two sisters, Gabrielle and Caroline, and one brother, J.C.
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Iowa 2012 Recruits
7 Preps Sign With Hawkeyes Head coach Marla Looper added 7 preps to the UI softball program
Head coach Marla Looper added seven preps to the University of Iowa softball program. Nov. 21, 2011 IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa head softball coach Marla Looper has signed six preps to National Letters of Intent and one to a financial aid agreement to join the Hawkeyes.
Erin Erickson (OF/1B, Oakland, Calif.), Sammi Gyerman (OF, San Pedro, Calif.), Aspen Rhodes (IF, Van Meter, Iowa), Krystal Shirrell (3B, Brownsburg, Ind.), Shayla Starkenburg (P, Ankeny, Iowa) and Whitney Repole (OF, San Antonio, Texas) will join the program next season, while Holly Hoffman (C/IF, Osceola, Ind.) will join the team in January.
"We're really excited about this group," said Looper, who is entering her second season as the head coach. "They are a gritty and passionate group of players that love the game. It's fun to have that coming into our program. They're very good students as well as ball players, and that's a good combination when you're coming to the University of Iowa."
Erin Erickson -- 5-8, OF/1B, Oakland, Calif. Erickson is a two-time first team all-conference selection at Bishop O'Dowd High School. She batted .468 with 16 runs and 34 RBI as a junior, .337 with 34 runs and 15 RBI as a sophomore and .464 as a freshman. She led Bishop to the North Coast Section Division III title as a freshman and sophomore for the first time in school history.
Erickson, who has been on the honor roll all three years, played for the Nor Call Cobras 12U team, the Nor Cal Shockers 14U squad and the 18 Gold Nor Cal Shockers. Following her junior season, she was invited to attend the Derek Allister National Elite Camp in Southern California.
Erickson also played golf her first two years in high school, earning the team's most valuable player honor both seasons.
Coach Looper on Erin "Erin is a kid that got on our radar early because she has some ties to Iowa -- her father played football here -- so she's grown up a Hawkeye. We were fortunate that she was as interested in us as we were in her once we started watching her play. She is a left handed thrower and a right handed hitter that will bring us some depth in the outfield. She's long and lanky and can run like a deer. Offensively, she'll help us by hitting gaps and by playing at a really high level." Sammi Gyerman -- 5-5, OF, San Pedro, Calif. Gyerman is a three-time all-league and a 2010 all-area honoree. She batted .465 with 29 runs, 17 RBI and was 23-of-24 on the base paths as a sophomore. The 23 steals are a single season conference record. As a junior, Gyerman hit .431 with 35 runs, 16 RBI and 16 steals. She helped guide Palos Verdes High School to the Bay League title in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Gyerman played ASA ball for the OC Batbusters, leading the squad to the 14U co-Sparkler title. She also helped the California Cruisers 18 Gold team to a top eight finish at the 2011 Louisville Slugger Tournament.
Coach Looper on Sammi "Sammi is one of our late gets. She is an outfielder that brings speed and hits from the left side of the plate. She can hit for power, poke them in the hole, drop a bunt and slap -- she's a triple threat. She brings a good arm and very good range in the outfield." Holly Hoffman -- 5-7, C/IF, Osceola, Ind. Hoffman was a three-time Indiana all-state, all-conference and all-district selection at Penn High School. The catcher had a .470 batting average, 38 RBI, six home runs and 13 doubles as a junior. She hit .475 with 31 RBI and 12 doubles as a sophomore and .414 with 30 RBI and 25 runs as a freshman. Hoffman holds the PHS records for home runs, doubles and RBI.
Hoffman led her team to the conference title all three years. The squad claimed the sectional and regional championship during her junior season before falling in semi-state. Hoffman played ASA softball for the Indiana Magic Gold 16U-18U teams.
Coach Looper on Holly "Holly is a strong catcher that brings offensive power and does a nice job behind the plate. She is very quiet as a catcher in her stance and has a very good arm. We're excited to bring her in this winter and get her in our system." Whitney Repole -- 5-6, OF, San Antonio, Texas Repole is a two-time all-district selection, earning second team as a sophomore and first team as a junior. She was also a first team All-Comal County and a San Antonio Express News All-Area selection in 2011. The outfielder batted .487 with six home runs, 25 RBI and 11 stolen bases as a sophomore and .530 with eight home runs, 35 RBI and 13 steals as a junior. She also hit .425 with three long balls, 30 RBI and 14 steals as a freshman.
Repole, who is a three-time academic all-district honoree, helped Smithson Valley High School to the 5A state and district title in 2009, and to district and bi-district championships in 2010 and 2011. The 2011 squad went undefeated. Repole also played ASA softball for the Texas Bombers Gold squad, finishing 17th at the Premier in 2011, 17th at ASA Gold Nationals in 2010 and second at the 2010 Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament.
Repole's twin sister, Katie, will be playing softball at the University of Illinois.
Coach Looper on Whitney "Whitney is a gritty player from Texas who I have been able to watch play for a long time. She is primarily an outfielder who has caught some in her career. She has a strong arm in the outfield and brings power from the right side." Aspen Rhodes -- 5-10, IF, Van Meter, Iowa Rhodes is a three-time all-state selection, earning first team as a sophomore, third team as a junior and honorable mention as a freshman. She is also a three-time all-conference and all-district honoree and a two-time all-county selection. The infielder batted .473 with 42 RBI, 40 runs, 10 triples, eight doubles and 19 steals as a junior, .434 with 43 runs and 32 RBI as a sophomore and .402 with 23 runs and 24 RBI as a freshman. She has 49 career steals.
Rhodes also excels in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She is a four-year letterwinner and two-time all-conference honoree in volleyball. Rhodes is two-time all-conference selection in basketball, and a three-time letterwinner in track. She placed third at state in the long jump in 2009, second in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash in 2010. She holds the VMHS records in the 100 and 200-meter dash and long jump.
Coach Looper on Aspen "Aspen is one of our in-state kids that has some room to develop, but she is a phenom-athlete. She can run like the wind. Right now she is an infielder, but that might coup her up, so we will possibly transition her into the outfield to utilize her speed and arm strength. She's got a lot of room to grow, but I think that growth is going to come quickly, and she will develop into a strong player in our program." Krystal Shirrell -- 5-7, 3B, Brownsburg, Ind. Shirrell is a three-time most valuable player at Brownsburg High School. She was the offensive MVP as a freshman, the defensive MVP and an all-conference honoree as a sophomore, and the MVP and team captain as a junior. She's led BHS in RBI and slugging percentage in each of her three seasons. She paced the squad in batting average twice and in doubles in 2011.
Shirrell helped guide her Indiana Shockwaves 93 ASA team to a fourth place finish at the USA/ASA 16U Nationals, two ASA regional titles, seven state championships and three NSA World Series Championship titles. She is a charter inductee into the Indiana NSA Hall of Fame, and played in the 2010 International Softball Cup in Netherlands.
Academically, Shirrell is an AP Scholar and a member of the National and Latin Honor Societies. She was named the Outstanding English and Latin Student and earned the Indiana All-Region Honor in band.
Coach Looper on Krystal "Krystal is from Indiana, and we first saw her playing third base and hitting the cover off the ball. She's going to bring power, a good presence and poise to our team. She gives us some depth in the infield that we continue to need." Shayla Starkenburg -- 5-11, P, Ankeny, Iowa Starkenburg is a three-time first team all-conference and all-district selection and a two-time honorable mention all-state honoree. As a junior, she was a second team all-state selection, a first team ISC honoree and was named to the state all-tournament team. The pitcher posted a 22-5 record with 145 strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA as a junior, leading Ankeny High School to a 2011 conference title and a state runner-up finish. She won 10 games as a freshman and 12 as a sophomore.
Starkenburg, who played for the Sports University USSASA state championships as well as Team Iowa and Iowa Blitz ASA teams, is also a basketball letterwinner, earning second team all-conference honors in 2010 and an honorable mention nod in 2009.
Coach Looper on Shayla "Shayla gained outstanding experience in leading her team to the state championship game last season. We'll bring her in and try to get her developed quickly. I think the sky is the limit for her. She already has some really good tools, and her pitching ability and command on the mound continues to improve. I am anxious to see what she can bring our program."
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2012 Michigan Recruits
Lawrence, Romero Sign With Michigan During Early Signing Period Nov. 14, 2011 ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head softball coach announced today (Monday, Nov. 14) the signing of middle infielders Carol Hutchins Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) and Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. The duo will join the Wolverines in the fall of 2012.
"This is a great and very athletic class for us," Hutchins said. "It seems small because we are only announcing two right now, but we plan on adding more in the spring. Kids are coming here when they could have gone elsewhere, and that is a great thing for our program. We always bring kids here that can bring championships to Michigan; that is the goal once they get here. Those are the types of kids we are looking at.
"It was a small class for us scholarship-wise," Hutchins continued. "We picked up two really good athletes in the Sierras. They are both middle infielders who could play just about anywhere on the field. They are very offensive with really good sticks but also very good defensively. They will give us a lot of versatility."
Lawrence led Greater Atlanta Christian to a regional championship in 2011 after three straight region runner-up showings. During the 2011 season, Lawrence hit .568 and set school records in base hits (54), home runs (14), on-base percentage (.667), stolen bases (49), runs batted in (38) and runs scored (67). For her efforts during her senior season, Lawrence, a three-time all-county selection, was named the 2011 Gwinnet County Player of the Year. She helped the East Cobb Bullets to the 2010 ASA 18U Gold national championship with a perfect 7-0 record at the tournament.
Romero, the 2011 Southwestern League Player of the Year, hit 14 home runs while leading her team with 36 RBI, 33 runs and a .438 batting average during the 2011 season. She was named to CalHiSports.com's all-state first team, was an All-CIF selection and earned All-America honors following her junior campaign. Romero helped Victory USA to the Class A 14U ASA national championship in 2009 and participated in the 2010 USA Junior Softball Junior Women's National Team selection camp. A three-time scholar athlete, All-Valley and all-league selection, Romero carries a .403 batting average for her high school career with 25 home runs and 98 RBI.
"I feel like I have been waiting for them forever since they both committed as sophomores," Hutchins said of the duo. "I can't wait for them to get here. But that means I am going to be losing some people that I really don't want to leave. I think they are both great fits for Michigan, and they are both excited about joining our program."
The Wolverines will lose seniors
Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich./Cabrini), Bree Evans (Bloomington, Calif./Rialto), Stephanie Kirkpatrick (Plainfield, Ill./Central) and Hilary Payne (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) to graduation following the 2012 season.
U-M will kick of the 2012 season against Louisiana Tech at the LSU Classic on Feb. 10.
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Michigan State 2012 Recruits
Softball Signs Three to National Letters of Intent.
Spartans announce initial signings for class of 2012.
Nov. 15, 2011 EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head softball coach has announced the program's initial signings for the recruiting class of 2012. The incoming class includes Jacquie Joseph Dani Goranson (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Destinee Luna (Surprise, Ariz.) and Shanin Thomas (Whittier, Calif.).
"We have signed three great players who will all be counted on as freshman," said head coach
. "We have met both specific needs defensively and they all can flat out hit. I could not be more excited about this class. " Jacquie Joseph Dani Goranson • L/R • Pitcher • Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove High School:
Will graduate in June from Elk Grove High School as a four-year letterwinner for coach Ken Grams ... Named an NFCA All-American second-team selection in 2011 ... Earned IHSA first-team all-state honors in 2011 ... Received Chicago Tribune/Sun-Times honors in 2010 and 2011, first team honors as a junior ... Following a 36-5 season, Elk Grove finished third in the state in 2010 ... Honored with MSL all-conference recognition in 2010 and 2011 ... Has received Daily Herald Cook County All-Area honors each year of high school ... As a junior, recorded a 0.81 ERA with 254 strikeouts, while also hitting .485 with 30 RBIs offensively ... Also was a letterwinner on the varsity basketball team, earning all-area and all-conference selections.
Club: Has been a member of the Illinois Bash club team since 2009. Personal: Born Sept. 20, 1993 to James and Wendy Goranson ... Brother, Jim, was a member of the 2000 University of Illinois football team which won the Big Ten Championship and competed in the Sugar Bowl ... Brother, Mike, was a wrestler in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning a purple heart ... Sister, Melanie, was a member of the track & field team at Western Illinois University ... Sister, Nikki, is currently a member of the Robert Morris softball team. Destinee Luna • L/R • SS/2B • Surprise, Ariz./Centennial High School:
Will graduate in May from Centennial High School, earning varsity letters all four years for coach Mike Repak ... Earned first-team all-region honors in 2011 ... Received second-team all-region honors in both 2009 and 2010 ... Won the 2010 5A DII state championship as a sophomore ... Placed second in 2009 in the 5A DII state playoffs ... Team has been ranked as high as sixth in the nation in 2010 ... Also lettered in soccer ... AIA Scholar Athlete all four years of high school.
Club: Began playing softball with the Corona Angels, before moving to Arizona and playing with various club teams. Personal: Born Aug. 25, 1993 ... Daughter of Leo and Rachel Luna ... Brother, Tino, is a member of the Nazarene University baseball team. Shanin Thomas • R/R • 3B • Whittier, Calif/La Habra High School:
Expected to graduate in June as a four-year letterwinner at La Habra High School for coach Frank McCarroll ... Earned first-team all-league freeway league in 2009 and 2011 ... Named to the all-county freshman team in 2009 .. Received all-league freeway league honors in 2010 ... Team has been ranked as high as 93rd in the state, and 286 in the nation ... Also was a letterwinner on the volleyball team in 2011 ... Has finished in the top 25 of her class each year of high school.
Club: A member of the So Cal Wicked club team since 2007. Personal: Born Jan. 1, 1994 ... Daughter of Billy and Sheri Thomas ... Currently is a sideline
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Minnesota 2012 Recruits
Minnesota Inks Six for the 2012-13 Season Head coach Jessica Allister announced the signing of six student-athletes for the 2012-13 season. Nov. 14, 2011 Recruit and Coach Quotes
University of Minnesota softball coach
announced Friday the signing of six players to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 year. The Golden Gophers Class of 2016 will include four Minnesota prep stars, Nikki Anderson, Sidney Fabian , Paige Palkovich and Kayla Wenner, California native Marissa Gilbuena and Georgia native Brandi McGregor. Jessica Allister “We are happy to welcome Brandi, Kayla, Marissa, Paige, Nikki and Sydney to the Minnesota softball family” said head coach . “This class is a good combination of power, speed, pitching and great defense, and we are excited about what they each bring to the program.” Jessica Allister Nikki Anderson hails from Brainerd High School, where she guided the Warriors to back-to-back state tournament berths her sophomore and junior seasons. Nikki was named all-state her junior year, along with garnering all-conference and all-selection awards her first three seasons. A dual-sport athlete, Nikki played on the Brainerd volleyball team for three years. Nikki will add depth to the Gopher pitching staff as a left-handed pitcher. Nikki continues a tradition of Anderson’s joining the Gopher family, Her grandfather, Robert Anderson, was a member of the Golden Gopher baseball team that won the NCAA National Championship in 1956, and her aunt, Lezlie Vermillion (Anderson), is a member of the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame. "Nikki is a lefty pitcher that throws the ball with good command and good velocity. We are excited about the new look she will bring to our pitching staff." Sidney Fabian is a Lake Elmo, Minn. native and a four-time letterwinner at Hill-Murray High School, where she is coached by former Gopher Colleen Conway. Fabian, is a three-time all-conference team member and a two-time all-state honoree. Sidney excels both on the field and in the classroom. She is a three-time Science Student of the Month. Sidney’s athletic ability and softball skills will strengthen the Gopher squad. “Sidney is a great athlete who has the ability to play the short game and hit for power. She is a true lefty who could see time in the outfield or at first base.” Marissa Gilbuena is a four-time letterwinner from Aliso Viejo, California. A middle-infielder, Marissa helped guide Aliso Niguel High School to one league championship and two second place finishes in her first three years. She was tabbed as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year her sophomore and junior seasons, while also earning all-league and all-county honors. Marissa’s strong defensive skills will add options and depth to the Gopher infield. “Marissa is a middle infielder that possesses a great glove, great range and a great arm. She will help us solidify the infield next season.” Two-time scholar athlete and National Honor Society member, Brandi McGregor hails from East Coweta High School in Georgia. Brandi’s success in the classroom is matched by her success on the field. Her honors included First Team All-State, First Team All-Region and Region Player of the Year. A power hitter, Brandi’s offensive prowess will bolster the Gopher line-up. “Brandi is a catcher that has the ability to drive the ball for a lot of power. We look for her to be an offensive threat in the Big Ten immediately.” Paige Palkovich preps at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn. Paige’s excellence is evident on the field and court and in the classroom. Paige attained all-conference honors twice, is a three-time academic letter honoree and is the captain of the softball and basketball teams. As utility player, Paige will expand Gopher options both offensively and defensively. “Paige has tremendous athletic ability and is extremely competitive on the field. She has the tools to play anywhere in the infield or the outfield.” Kayla Wenner is an outfielder at Nicollet High School in Nicollet, Minn, where she is a three-sport standout. Kayla is a two-time all-section and a three-time all-conference honoree for softball while also being named all-conference three times for volleyball and twice for basketball. Kayla’s outfield and first base skills, coupled with her speed offer a wide range of options to strengthen the Gopher line-up. “Kayla is a tremendous hitter that can also play the short game if needed. She possesses the speed and arm strength to be a strong presence in the outfield, and being a true lefty, she may also see some time at first base.”
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Nebraska 2012 Recruits
Huskers Sign Seven for 2012-13 Season Lincoln - Seven talented high school players signed National Letters of Intent to play softball at Nebraska next season, Head Coach Rhonda Revelle announced on Friday. The incoming class of recruits fills a variety of needs for the Huskers, as the signees include one catcher, one outfielder, two pitchers and three infielders. Included in the talented class are two state players of the year (Nebraska and Oregon), one two-time high school All-American and one U.S. Junior National Team tryout invitee. The class includes one in-state player, one Arizona native, one Kansas native, one Oregon native and three California natives. One recruit has already completed her high school softball career, while the other six will end their careers this spring. The incoming players will have big shoes to fill, as Nebraska loses six seniors to graduation, including two of its three pitchers, three returning starters, three all-conference performers, two all-region selections and two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. The class will be expected to contribute immediately and that's something the group is more than capable of doing, according to Revelle. "The 2012 class is an offensively explosive group with power, speed and the ability hit for average. They all have storied histories of their offensive prowess. In addition to the offensive punch they have, they also handle the leather well behind the plate, on the dirt and in the grass. "Pitching also highlights this class, as the Huskers are bringing in two pitchers in the same class for the first time in the last several years. Both pitchers are battle-tested and have had success against many of the nation's elite club programs. "This is an outstanding group of student-athletes whom we are confident will wear the scarlet and cream with dignity, pride and class." 2011 Nebraska Softball Signing Class Alicia Armstrong, INF/OF, Beatrice, Neb., Beatrice HS/Nebraska Gold Danica Bishop, RHP, Irvine, Calif., Woodland HS/Firecrackers-Snyder Hailey Decker, INF, Keizer, Ore., McNary HS/Northwest Bullets Emily Lockman, RHP, Corona, Calif., Norco HS/Corona Angels Sammi Noland, C/INF, Tucson, Ariz., Canyon del Oro HS/AZ Desert Thunder Kiki Stokes, OF, Olathe, Kan., Olathe East HS/DeMarini Zephyrs Dawna Tyson, INF, Corona, Calif., Corona HS/Corona Angels Alicia Armstrong, INF/OF, Beatrice, Neb. (Beatrice HS/Nebraska Gold) A three-sport star, Alicia Armstrong completed her senior softball season at Beatrice High School last month by leading the Lady Orange to a Class B state runner-up finish. She was named the honorary captain of the Lincoln Journal Star's Super-State team for her efforts, capping her career with four all-state awards and three appointments to the Super-State team. Armstrong also left her mark on the Nebraska high school record book. She posted a .514 career batting average, the highest mark in Nebraska high school history regardless of class and the highest mark in Class B history, eclipsing the previous record of .500 set by current Husker senior Nikki Haget. Armstrong batted .690 in her senior season, becoming the first player in Nebraska high school history to bat .600. She smashed the previous single-season record of .595. She also set the Class B state record for career runs scored (153) and tied the record for career home runs (20). In addition to her six state records, Armstrong set 16 school records. She finished her distinguished career with a .514 batting average, 20 home runs, 31 doubles and seven triples. In her senior season in 2011, Armstrong earned recognition as honorary captain of the Super-State team. She batted .690 with 69 hits, eight doubles, four triples, 27 RBIs, 46 runs scored and 32 stolen bases. Her 69 hits and 46 runs scored were both school records, breaking the marks from her junior season. As a junior in 2010, Armstrong batted .556 with 33 RBIs, a school-record nine home runs, 60 hits and 41 runs scored. Armstrong tied the Class B state record with two home runs in one game, while she also posted a 17-game hitting streak. Armstrong excelled as a freshman and sophomore for the Lady Orange. She was the only freshman on the 2008 Class B all-state team after batting .451, including going 9-for-10 with two doubles, one triple and one home run in her first three career games. Armstrong was an honorable-mention all-state selection as a sophomore, when she battled through an injury. A talented athlete, Armstrong has excelled on the basketball court and the soccer field for Beatrice. She earned second-team all-state honors in basketball as a junior after averaging 13 points and six rebounds per game. Armstrong was also an honorable-mention all-state selection at goalkeeper for the Lady Orange soccer team last spring. This spring, Armstrong plans to join the Beatrice track team as a sprinter to prepare for her softball career at Nebraska. Off the field, Armstrong has been class president each of her four years at Beatrice, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society. She carries a 3.95 grade-point average and ranks fifth in her class of 140 students. Coach Revelle on Alicia: "A great athlete, with speed, quickness and power. We are extremely excited to get Alicia on campus and working with our team every day. Alicia is blessed with a tremendous amount of athletic ability, and we believe she will have a great impact on our success." Danica Bishop, RHP, Irvine, Calif. (Woodbridge HS/Firecrackers-Snyder) The final addition to NU's 2011 recruiting class, Bishop decided to become a Husker following her official visit to Nebraska in September. She was a late find for Nebraska, as injuries had limited Bishop's recruitment, but the Husker coaching staff is confident Bishop will arrive at Nebraska healthy and ready to reach her potential. Bishop is one of two pitchers in Nebraska's incoming freshman class, as the Huskers will lose two of their three pitchers to graduation after this season. Bishop will complete her prep career at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif., this spring. Bishop has experienced a wealth of success on the club level. She was a part of Mark Campbell's Victory USA 14-and-under team that won the 2009 ASA national championship, after finishing as the runner-up the previous season. In 2010, Bishop made the jump to the 18-and-under gold level with the So Cal Athletics, who won the inaugural Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship in a nationally-televised final on ESPN. This past summer, Bishop played for the Firecrackers-Snyder team out of Lakewood, Calif. Bishop helped lead the Firecrackers to a third-place finish in a field of more than 300 teams at the Gold Triple Crown Colorado Sprinkler tournament in Denver. For her efforts on the club level, Bishop earned an invite to the Allister OnDeck 2010 Arizona Jamboree, an invitation-only event for elite high school softball prospects. Coach Revelle on Danica: "Danica flew under the recruiting radar due to a knee injury a couple of years ago. However, as a 6-foot pitcher who spins the ball and changes speeds well, we feel that Danica will blossom and emerge as a dominant force at the collegiate level under Coach Sippel's pitching guidance." Hailey Decker, INF, Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS/Northwest Bullets) Hailey Decker will complete a decorated prep career this spring for McNary High School in Keizer, Ore. With her senior season still to come, Decker has already been named Oregon's offensive player of the year in the state's largest class in addition to being an all-state selection in each of her first three seasons. On the national level, Decker was one of 42 athletes invited to try out for the U.S. Junior National Team in the spring of 2010. Decker was one of the youngest players invited to try out, as most of the invitees had completed their high school careers, including current Husker sophomore Taylor Edwards. As a junior last spring, Decker was widely regarded as Oregon's top hitter. Despite being pitched around and drawing 28 walks, Decker batted .642 with seven doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 43 RBIs, 40 runs scored, a .735 on-base percentage and a 1.254 slugging percentage. Her speed was also on display, as she stole 18 bases. Her coach, Jeff Auvinen, estimated that Decker was intentionally walked 20 times. Decker put up her impressive numbers despite battling an arm injury that limited her to hitting-only duties for part of the year. For her efforts, she earned recognition as the Oregon co-player of the year in Class 6A, the state's largest classification. Decker also earned Central Valley Conference player-of-the-year honors for the second straight season. As a sophomore in 2010, Decker hit .538 with six doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 45 RBIs, 42 runs scored and a 1.077 slugging percentage. She was the conference player of the year, in addition to being a first-team all-state selection. Decker burst onto the scene as a freshman, batting .538 with 12 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 25 runs scored and 31 RBIs. She also posted a .954 slugging percentage and .557 on-base percentage, while helping McNary to the second round of the state playoffs. McNary has been to the state playoffs in each of Decker's first three seasons, including a semifinal appearance in her sophomore campaign. In addition to her excellence on the softball diamond, Decker played volleyball as a freshman and sophomore and soccer as a junior and senior. In the classroom, Decker has been an honor roll selection each of her first three years. Decker played her club ball for the Northwest Bullets, the same team as current Husker sophomore Kylee Muir. The Bullets are coached by Kylee's father, Dennis. In addition to her high school accolades and her invitation to try out for the U.S. Junior National Team, Decker earned invites to the adidas Futures National Camp and the OnDeck Softball National Elite Futures Camp in 2009. Decker comes from an athletic family. Her father, Steve, was a former major league catcher who played for the San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies and Anaheim Angels. He is currently manager of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants. Both of Hailey's parents were All-Americans at Lewis-Clark State, an NAIA school in Lewiston, Idaho. Hailey's mother, Maite, was also an academic All-American volleyball player at Lewis-Clark State. Coach Revelle on Hailey: "Hailey is a simply driven to become the best she can be as a hitter and player. She is a highly skilled player who will make a noise loud and early in this program. She is a strong and fast player who plays the game one way...all out. We are grateful Hailey chose the scarlet and cream." Emily Lockman, RHP, Corona, Calif. (Norco HS/Corona Angels) Emily Lockman is one of two pitching recruits in Nebraska's signing class. She also continues the Huskers' success in signing players from the Corona Angels club program, signing with Angels teammate Dawna Tyson. Lockman is one of several Angels products to pick Nebraska in the past five seasons, but the first pitcher. She will conclude her prep career at Norco High School in Norco, Calif., this spring. Lockman has been recognized as one of southern California's top pitching prospects. She was one of only 10 pitchers named to the MaxPreps California all-state first team in 2011, which honors players regardless of class. Lockman was also one of only eight pitchers named to the ESPN Rise/CalHiSports all-underclass first team, a squad reserved for the best freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the state of California. She was also named a second-team overall all-state selection by ESPN Rise/CalHiSports. Entering her senior season, Lockman owns a 43-17 career record with a 1.20 ERA in 377.1 innings. She has struck out 341 batters and walked only 86. Offensively, Lockman owns a .372 career batting average with 18 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 98 RBIs and 61 runs scored. As a junior last spring, Lockman earned all-area, all-league and all-CIF southern section Division I honors. She posted a 21-7 record with a 1.08 ERA and 154 strikeouts as a junior. Lockman also excelled at the plate, batting .406 with nine doubles, three home runs and 31 RBIs. Lockman saw her first extensive action in the circle as a sophomore, when she became Norco's ace following the graduation of Teagan Gerhart, now a junior, two-time all-conference performer at Stanford. Lockman was impressive in her role as Norco's ace, posting a 20-10 record with a 1.30 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 202.0 innings. Offensively, Lockman batted .464 with seven doubles, one triple, three home runs, 49 RBIs and 21 runs scored. For her efforts, Lockman earned first-team all-state underclass honors, in addition to first-team all-league and all-area accolades. She also earned a spot on the all-CIF southern section Division I second team. As a freshman, Lockman contributed to Norco's southern section Division I championship. She was an honorable-mention all-area selection, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.56 ERA. Lockman added 21 strikeouts and only three walks in 18.0 innings, while allowing just 12 hits, including only one extra-base hit. Offensively, Lockman batted .278 with two doubles, 13 runs scored and 18 RBIs. In the summer, Lockman has helped the Angels continue their run as one of the nation's premier club programs. In addition to signing with her Angels teammate Dawna Tyson, Lockman will join a Nebraska roster that features former Angels Tatum and Taylor Edwards. The Angels are coached by Dawna's father, Marty, who is also the father of former Husker pitcher and outfielder Tori Tyson. Lockman helped the Angels win the ASA 18-and-under Champions Cup in both 2010 and 2011. She was also part of the Angels squad that finished third at the 2010 Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship. Lockman posted two top-three finishes at nationals with the Angels' 14-and-under team and won ASA Nationals in 2005. Individually, Lockman attended the OnDeck Softball All-Stars National Elite-64 Futures Camp in both 2008 and 2009. The camp is an invitation-only event intended for the nation's top softball prospects. Coach Revelle on Emily: "Emily is a competitor who loves the battle in the circle. She is a player who knows how to win and has won a lot in her career. Emily will walk right into our program and have the opportunity to have her presence felt in the circle immediately." Sammi Noland, C/INF, Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro HS/AZ Desert Thunder) Sammi Noland is the lone catcher in Nebraska's signing class. She plays her high school softball for Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson, Ariz., where she will complete her prep career this spring. Noland gives Nebraska a recruit from Canyon del Oro for the second straight year, as current Husker freshman Mattie Fowler was a three-year teammate of Noland's from 2009 to 2011. Noland also played her club ball with Fowler for the AZ Desert Thunder. The Desert Thunder are coached by Mattie Fowler's parents, Lance and Kelly, while Canyon del Oro was coached by Kelly Fowler in each of Noland's first three seasons. Noland has played a key role in helping Canyon del Oro to a pair of state championships in her first three high school seasons. As a junior in 2011, Noland batted .422 (43-for-102) with 14 doubles, two home runs, six stolen bases, 28 runs scored and 28 RBIs. She added a .487 on-base percentage and a .618 slugging percentage, as the Dorados finished with a 35-1 record. One of her two home runs was a two-run shot in the state championship game. For her efforts, Noland was an honorable-mention all-state selection in Class 4A and a second-team southern Arizona all-state selection. She also earned her team's defensive player-of-the-year award. In her sophomore season, Noland helped lead Canyon del Oro to an 18-6 record and an appearance in the state semifinals. During her freshman season in 2009, the Dorados finished 30-2 and won the state championship. On the club level, Noland helped the Desert Thunder place in the top 25 at the ASA Gold National Championship every year from 2006 to 2010, including two top-10 finishes. Noland is one of three Desert Thunder players to join a Division I program this fall. Coach Revelle on Sammi: "Sammi is a versatile and talented player who will provide depth to the catching position as well as having the ability to play a corner infield position. Sammi brings athletic ability, enthusiasm and a winner's mentality to our program. Sammi and Nebraska Softball are a great fit...we are excited to see her in red!" Kiki Stokes, OF, Olathe, Kan. (Olathe East HS/DeMarini Zephyrs) Kiki Stokes is the latest high school All-American to sign with Nebraska out of Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kan. Previous Hawks who earned high school All-America honors for Coach Jeff Hulse before playing for Nebraska include current Husker senior Ashley Guile and former players Alex Hupp (2007-10) and Trisha Tannahill (2003-06). Stokes has been East's starting center fielder and leadoff hitter in each of the past three seasons, setting four school records for a program that has produced more than 40 scholarship athletes at the collegiate level. Stokes has also earned recognition on the national level, as she has twice been named an All-America outfielder by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Through three seasons, the speedy Stokes boasts an impressive .611 career batting average. She is 135-for-221 in her career with 115 runs scored, 59 stolen bases, 46 RBIs, nine triples, seven doubles and one home run. As a junior last spring, Stokes batted .631, collecting 53 hits in only 84 at bats. She added seven triples, three doubles and one home run, while totaling 48 runs scored, 29 RBIs, 23 stolen bases and a .686 on-base percentage. Stokes was also clutch at driving in runs out of her leadoff spot, batting .871 (27-for-31) with runners in scoring position. Her 48 runs scored were a school record, topping her mark from the previous season, while her average and on-base percentage both ranked second in school history, trailing only the marks from her sophomore season. Her 53 hits also ranked second in Olathe East history and were just two shy of the school record set by former Kansas Jayhawk Val Chapple, the 2005 NFCA National High School Player of the Year. Stokes also drew 17 walks as a junior, the second-highest total in school history behind only Teddi Ewing, a four-year starter for Michigan from 2006 to 2009. For her efforts as a junior, Stokes was named an NFCA first-team All-American. She was joined on the first team by current Husker freshman Jordan Bettiol. She was also the Sunflower League player of the year and an all-region, all-state and all-metro selection. Stokes was a second-team All-American as a sophomore in 2010, when she was again an all-region, all-state and all-metro honoree. As a sophomore, Stokes batted .653 (49-for-75) with three doubles, two triples, 41 runs scored, 10 RBIs, a .710 on-base percentage and 28 stolen bases in only 29 attempts. She set school records for batting average, on-base percentage and stolen bases. As a freshman, Stokes immediately earned the starting job in center field, as well as the role as the Hawks' leadoff hitter. She batted .532 (33-for-62) as a freshman with 26 runs scored, 11 sacrifices, seven stolen bases and a .568 on-base percentage. Thus far in her high school career, Stokes has helped lead Olathe East to a pair of regional championships and two top-five finishes at the Kansas 6A state tournament. Olathe East owns a 64-9 record over the past three seasons. Stokes played her travel ball for the DeMarini Zephyrs. Coach Revelle on Kiki: "There is speed and then there is 'special' speed. Kiki has the kind of speed that changes the complexion of an offensive attack. Kiki is just flat-out fun to watch on the base paths. Look for this young lady to make an immediate impact on the run production of the Huskers." Dawna Tyson, INF, Corona, Calif. (Corona HS/Corona Angels) Dawna Tyson is one of two Nebraska signees who played her club ball for the Corona Angels program, coached by her father, Marty. In addition to being one of several recent Husker recruits from the Angels' program, Dawna Tyson also has family connections to Nebraska, as her sister Tori was a pitcher and outfielder for the Huskers from 2008 to 2011. Dawna plays her high school ball for Corona High School in Corona, Calif., and will conclude her prep career this spring. Tyson has been an all-league selection in each of her first three seasons, garnering first-team accolades as both a sophomore and junior. Also as a junior in 2011, Tyson was named to the all-CIF southern section Division I first team. Tyson earned a spot on the southern section Division I second team as a sophomore in 2010, while also being honored as an all-area honorable-mention selection. Tyson helped lead Corona High School to a runner-up finish in the 2010 CIF southern section Division I tournament. In her second straight season as a team captain in 2010, Tyson hit .341 with a .491 on-base percentage, 16 walks and 23 RBIs. She was the team leader in RBIs and her .341 average tied for team-high honors. In addition to her individual high school accolades, Tyson has been invited to attend a pair of elite camps. In 2008, she attended the West Coast All-Stars National Elite-64 Futures Camp, and she also attended the adidas Futures Top-100 camp in 2009. Both camps are invitation-only events designed for the top softball prospects in the country. She has also helped the Corona Angels become one of the nation's premier club programs. With the Angels, Tyson won a 10-and-under national championship, finished third at the 12-and-under national championship, finished second and third at the 14-and-under national championship and third at the 2010 Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship. She also helped the Angels win the ASA 18-and-under Champions Cup in both 2010 and 2011. In addition to her individual accomplishments on the field, Tyson comes from a highly regarded softball family. Her father Marty is known as one of the best club program coaches in the nation, while Dawna is the third Tyson to earn a Division I softball scholarship. In addition to Tori's time at Nebraska, Dawna's oldest sister Dena was a four-year letterwinner at Washington, earning first-team All-America honors as a senior in 2007. Coach Revelle on Dawna: "A powerful and clutch hitter; Dawna is someone who can change the game with one swing. She has talent, skill and a high IQ for the game of softball. Dawna has been a part of championship-level teams since she was 10 years old...winning is in her blood."
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Northwestern 2012 Recruits
Northwestern Excited to Sign Five to National Letters of Intent Incoming Class of 2016 hails from five different states around the entire country
Head coach Kate Drohan went to five different states to sign the five members of the Class of 2016. Nov. 14, 2011 EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head coach announced today (Nov. 14) the signing of five future Wildcats to National Letters of Intent. The quintet comprises the Class of 2016 that will matriculate to Evanston in the fall of 2012. Kate Drohan
Caylor Arnold (Mount Gilead, Ohio/Mount Gilead), Bri LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards), Aubrie May (La Mesa, Calif./Grossmont), Fran Strub (Coralville, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana) and Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) are part of an exciting and talented class of 'Cats that hails from five different states spanning the entire country. Two members of the class, Arnold and LeBeau, played club ball locally with the Illinois Chill, which is led by head coach Gerry Quinn -- father of former Wildcat All-Big Ten selection
. Kelly Quinn
"Today is a special day for our program," Drohan said. "Caylor, Bri, Kristen, Aubrie and Fran comprise a remarkable class that will shape the future of Northwestern Softball. Their combined character, work ethic and academic aspirations are a product of what they already have accomplished through their work with outstanding high school and travel ball coaches. We are honored they have chosen to wear purple and are excited to welcome them to Evanston and the Northwestern Softball family."
Taking advantage of new NCAA legislation, Northwestern made written offers of four-year scholarships beginning with this signing period. NU always has had a policy of honoring scholarships for four years, but this marked the first opportunity to put that policy in writing.
Arnold is a multiple time Ohio All-State first team performer who competed with the Ohio Lady Lasers for many years in club ball before traveling to the Chicago area to play with the Illinois Chill last summer. In addition to leading her high school to a conference title in 2011 with a .507 batting average and an .857 slugging percentage, Arnold twice has been a member of top-eight teams at ASA Nationals.
LeBeau is an incredibly talented athlete, earning All-South Suburban Conference accolades in softball, basketball and volleyball en route to being named the 2011
Female Athlete of the Year. On the diamond, LeBeau led Richards to the Illinois state tournament in 2011 with a 25-3 record in the circle, compiling a 1.04 ERA and 176 strikeouts while batting .516 and driving in 56. LeBeau is coached at Richards by Julie Folliard, a member of the Illinois Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
May is a California product who finished second in the San Diego area in hits and runs scored in 2011, leading her high school to its first San Diego County Division I CIF championship since 1989. Her performance netted her first-team All-CIF, all-league and All-East County honors. May has played five years of club ball with the So Cal Explosion and Hurricanes.
Strub twice has led the entire state of Iowa in hits and runs, batting .609 with 40 extra base hits and 52 steals in 52 attempts as a junior in 2011. She was named the 2011 Class 3A Iowa Girls Coaches Association Co-Player of the Year after leading her team to the state title with a 42-2 overall record under the direction of IGSA Hall of Fame coach Jim White. Also a gifted athlete, Strub has earned multiple varsity letters in soccer and basketball at Clear Creek Amana High School.
Wood is the 2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Area Player of the Year and is a two-time Southern Lakes Conference Player of the Year. She led Wilmot Union High School to a state runner-up finish in 2011 with a 25-2 record, a 0.31 ERA and 302 strikeouts in 160.0 innings pitched. In the club ranks, she helped the Wisconsin Lightning to a seventh-place finish at the ASA Class A Nationals.
Complete bios for Northwestern's Class of 2016 are as follows:
Caylor Arnold 5-6 • Catcher/Infield Mount Gilead, Ohio/Mount Gilead
High School: Three-time All-Mid Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Central District first-team selection ... Two-time All-State first team choice ... As a junior, batted .507 and slugged .857 while leading Mount Gilead to a MOAC Division championship ... Batted .497, slugged .847 and stole 27 bases as a freshman while her team finished the season with a 22-4 record ... Hit .467 with an .811 slugging percentage as a sophomore in 2010 ... Played 10 years of club with the Ohio Lady Lasers before playing last season with head coach Gerry Quinn and the Illinois Chill ... In 2005, named USSSA World Series MVP after leading the Lady Lasers to the World Series championship ... Team finished 10th at ASA Nationals in 2006 and eighth in 2010 ... Also lettered two years in indoor track and one year in basketball ... Honor Roll, Merit Roll and National Honor Society member ... MOAC Student-Athlete Award ... The American Legion Americanism and Government Program county winner.
Personal: Born Caylor Janae Arnold ... Daughter of Bill and Tess Arnold ... Enjoys nature photography ... Chose Northwestern over Louisville, Miami (Ohio), Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State and Kent State ... Plans to major in civil engineering. Bri LeBeau 5-11 • Pitcher Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards
High School: 2011
Chicago Sun-Times Female Athlete of the Year and Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year ... Three-time All-South Suburban Conference selection ... 2009 All-SSC Red Division Player of the Year ... 2010 Chicago Tribune All-State and Chicago Sun-Times and Southtown Star All-Area ... Competed in the Chicago Tribune All-Star Game ... Compiled a 25-3 record with a 1.04 ERA, 176 strikeouts, a .516 batting average and 56 RBIs while leading Richards to an eighth-place finish in the state in 2011 with a 32-3 record ... High school coach is Julie Folliard, a member of the Illinois Coaches Association Hall of Fame ... Also competed as a prep in basketball (four letters) and volleyball (three letters) ... Three-time All-SSC and 2010 SSC Red Division Player of the Year in basketball ... 2010 All-SSC in volleyball ... Played club with the Oak Park Windmills from 2007-10 and with Gerry Quinn and the Illinois Chill from 2010-11 ... National Honor Society member ... Earned Honors with Distinction recognition. Personal: Born Brianna Susanna LeBeau ... Daughter of Bruce and Susan LeBeau ... Sisters Amanda and Brittany matriculated to UW-Whitewater to play softball ... Attended the same high school as Dwayne Wade ... Plans to major in political science. Aubrie May 5-6 • Infield La Mesa, Calif./Grossmont
High School: As a junior in 2011, named first-team All-CIF, all-league, All-East County and all-academic ... Finished second in San Diego in hits and runs scored in 2011, batting .421 ... Scored the winning run in the 2011 San Diego County Division I CIF championship game ... Title was the first in the CIF for this older, smaller school since 1989 ... Hit .454 in her sophomore year in 2010, earning first-team all-league and All-East County honors ... Also won the Breitbard Athletic Achievement award in 2010 ... As a freshman in 2009, voted All-East County freshman team and all-league second team ... Three-time Golden Bat award winner ... Played five years of club with the So Cal Explosion and Hurricanes ... Coached by Joe Weddle with the Explosion ... Finished fifth at the National Premier tournament in 2010 ... Carries a 4.33 GPA.
Personal: Born Aubrie Michaela May ... Daughter of Tom May and Stephanie May ... Chose Northwestern over San Diego State, UCLA and Virginia ... Plans to major in psychology. Fran Strub 5-7 • Outfield Coralville, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana
High School: As a junior, led the state of Iowa with 92 hits in 151 at-bats (.609 average) and 87 runs scored ... Also recorded 15 doubles, 13 triples, 12 home runs, 54 RBIs, 25 walks and 52 steals in 52 attempts ... During sophomore season, led the state of Iowa in hits (80), runs (80) and triples (18), batting .548 with a .618 on-base percentage and a 1.021 slugging percentage ... 2011 Class 3A Iowa Girls Coaches Association Co-Player of the Year ... 2010 and 2011 Class 3A All-State first team ... Four-time first-team All-WaMac Conference ... Three-time all-district first team ... 2011
Iowa City Press Hitter of the Year ... 2010 Class 3A Iowa state all-tournament team ... Team MVP in 2009 and team offensive player and newcomer award winner in 2008 ... Once stole eight bases in a single game in July of 2009 at Cedar Falls ... Team won the 2011 Class 3A Iowa state title with a 42-2 record after finishing fourth in the state with a 39-7 mark in 2010 ... High school coach is Jim White, a member of the IGSA Hall of Fame ... Played club with the Eastern Iowa Barracudas from 2007-10 before competing with the Southeast Iowa All-Stars in 2011 ... Also earned multiple varsity letters in soccer and basketball at Clear Creek Amana ... Four-year honor roll member ... Two-time NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete. Personal: Born Francis O'Brien Strub ... Daughter of Carl (Trip) and Ellen Strub III ... Actor Ashton Kutcher graduated from Clear Creek Amana ... Chose Northwestern over Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Drake and Northern Iowa ... Plans to major in learning and organizational change. Kristen Wood 6-0 • Pitcher Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union
High School: Two-time Southern Lakes Conference Player of the Year ... Three-time All-Southern Lakes Conference first team, All-County first team and team MVP ... Earned All-State second team honors as a freshman and first-team accolades as a sophomore and junior ... 2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Area Player of the Year ... Entering her senior year, has a career record of 53-8 with a 0.42 ERA and 692 strikeouts in 382.0 innings of work ... As a junior, led Wilmot Union to a state runner-up finish with a 25-2 record, a 0.31 ERA and 302 strikeouts in 160.0 innings pitched ... Threw the eighth no-hitter in state tournament history ... Once fanned 17-straight batters in a Southern Lakes Conference contest ... Recorded 15-straight shutouts at one point during her prep career ... Has led Wilmont Union to three conference titles and two total state tournament appearances ... Played seven years of club with the Wisconsin Lightning, earning seventh place at the ASA Class A Nationals ... Club coach is Scott Hermes ... Honor roll member. Personal: Born Kristen Marie Wood ... Daughter of Jerry and Dawn Wood ... Volunteers at a no-kill animal shelter ... Chose Northwestern over Wisconsin ... Plans to major in life and biomedical sciences.
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Purdue 2012 Recruits
Four Future Diamond Stars
Softball signs talented quartet for 2013 season.
Head coach Kim Maher announced the signing of four players for the 2013 season.
Nov. 11, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Boilermaker softball team for the 2013 season. Paris Andrew (Modesto, Calif.), Lilly Fecho (Carol Stream, Ill.), Mary Gooding (Leawood, Kan.) and CJ Parsons (Davie, Fla.) will come to Purdue next fall.
"As a staff we are very excited about our 2012 class," head coach
said. "All of our recruits in the 2012 class are more than good softball players, they are great students and they have found ways to give back to the community through volunteering, starting foundations, and building homes for those less fortunate. We feel the 2012 class will be able to jump right in and join their Purdue softball teammates on the field and in the classroom to continue a standard of excellence set by Purdue Softball Alumni. All in all this incoming class is going to challenge our returners for playing time, which is only going to make our program better." Kim Maher
Andrew, an infielder from Modesto Christian High School, is a two-time all-district team selection, earning the accolade her sophomore and junior years under coaches Jeff Berges and Sam Vicino. She also garnered all-Trans Valley League Offensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore after batting .419 with 21 stolen bases and 19 runs scored. That followed her rookie season, which brought a .405 average, 27 runs score and first team all-league and team most inspirational accolades. As a junior, Andrew registered a .505 average, 15 RBI, 44 runs scored, 43 stolen bases and four home runs en route to first team all-league and small schools all-district honors as Modesto Christian won the Trans-Valley League title. A Gold Honor Roll and National Honors Society member, Andrew played summer ball for the California Grapettes 18 Gold. The daughter of Paul and Darla Andrew plans to major in elementary education. "Paris is a great get for Purdue softball," Maher said. "Paris has a strong understanding of the game and a versatility that could put her in multiple positions in the infield. She has speed and power at the plate and a great awareness as a hitter. Paris is another one of our incoming athletes to keep an eye on."
Fecho, a pitcher from Glenbard North High School, is a two-time unanimous all-conference and all-area player, garnering the accolades her sophomore and junior years. She also earned team MVP honors as a junior under coach Josh Sanew and picked up academic all-conference recognition for the third straight year. Fecho played summer ball for the Carol Stream Storm and Illinois Chill 18U Gold. The Gold clinched an 18U ASA Gold National bid in 2010 and went to PGF Nationals in 2011. The daughter of Robert and Claudia Fecho, a three-time Academic Excellence Award and honor roll honoree, plans to major in engineering.
"Lilly will be able to add a consistency and a strong presence to our pitching staff," Maher said. "Lilly has the potential along with our current pitching staff to help get Purdue Softball to the next level consistently."
Gooding, an infielder from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kan., is a two-time Eastern Kansas League selection, earning first team honors as a sophomore and second team accolades her junior year. She posted a .421 average with a .554 on-base percentage and just one strikeout in 75 at-bats as a sophomore and hit .390 with a .419 OBP and four strikeouts in 86 at-bats as a junior en route to the honors. Her team ranked in the top 10 nationally for GPA both seasons under coach Rob Wade. Gooding, who lettered in track as a freshman, played summed ball for the KC Zephyrs. The daughter of Stephen and Lynne Gooding, a principals honor roll and national honor society member, plans to major in computer science. Mary's brothers Lee and Charles Gooding are Purdue alumni as is her grandfather Benjamin (Cal) Korschot, who played basketball for the Boilermakers, 1939-41.
"Mary is the complete package," Maher said. "She is very athletic with great speed and a strong arm. Mary's potential puts her in the same category as Liane Horichi and
. Mary is definitely going to be an athlete to watch in her four years here at Purdue." Molly Garst
Parsons, an infielder from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, is an all-state honoree, garnering second team honors as a junior under coach Bryan Baucom. She posted a .421 average with 17 runs and 14 RBI, while earning the Jen Cordero Gold Glove Award and Miami Herald all-county first team honors as a team captain that season. The three-year starting third baseman earned all-county second team honors as a sophomore and third team accolades as a freshman, when she led the team with 36 RBI. Parsons, who led her team to FHSAA Class 5A District titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011, played summer ball for the Gold Coast Hurricanes. The daughter of Jim and Jodi Parsons, a Miami Herlad Silver Knight Award nominee and founder of the RBIs4Cancer (RBIs4Cancer.com) charity, plans to major in physical therapy.
"CJ brings a desire and a tenacious attitude to our team," Maher said. "CJ is a competitor and not afraid to work hard and that is the type of student-athlete we want here at Purdue. She is a third baseman who has the potential to hit the long ball, but what sets CJ apart from the majority of her peers is the energy and passion for the game she brings to the field."
The Boilermakers kick off their 2012 season at the New Mexico Lobo Classic in Albuquerque on Feb. 18.
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Nice to see some BigTen news
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thanks for posting this...
__________________ What do the five Olympic rings stand for? Well, one is for softball fans, one is for all the softball players around the world, and the rest are for the Three Stooges, who would have known better than to steal the game from us all.
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So what does the 2012 Spring season look like in the BIG10?
Can anyone challenge Michigan? Or is Michigan going to have issues replacing Jordan?
Does Indiana continue to improve?
Does Minnesota Go pher it all
Will Illinois and PennState make the post season.
What do you think what is your predictions?
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Here are my thoughts on your questions.
Michigan will miss Taylor but until someone knocks them down they will be considered top team by most.
Indiana will miss Melloh but Olson ready to step in. Tough to match last season.
Minnesota on the rise but not top tier yet.
Illinois will make post season but Penn St will not.
Nebraska and Northwestern will challenge Michigan for title. Northwestern opens at Nebraska but doesn't play Michigan
Wisconsin is a wild card. Youngsters now vets.
We need a Big Ten tournament!
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I think Michigan will probably have its deepest team in quite some time. They will have several strong options for the starting lineup and those who produce the most consistently will win out. Sara Dreisenga is slated to replace Taylor--tough shoes to fill but she'll be one of the strongest hitters on the team as a bonus. A second pitcher is the biggest question mark since Speierman was wildly inconsistent there.
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Ohio State 2012 recruits
Softball Signs Four All-Ohio recruiting class for 2013
Buckeyes add four to 2013 roster Nov. 29, 2011 Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State has signed four Ohio high school standouts to letters of intent to play softball for the Buckeyes, head coach Linda Kalafatis announced today. Mandie Abbruzzese, Jesse Machovina, Cammi Prantl and Jayla Saibene will be joining the Buckeyes for the 2013 season.
"We're happy to announce an all-Ohio class in our 2012 recruiting class. These four young women know the passion it takes to be a Buckeye and they'll join a group of terrific returning student-athletes," says Kalafatis.
"Ohio State is an amazing place to be a student-athlete and we are excited to welcome these four new players. We have a lot of excitement for the upcoming season and with the addition of these four players next season, we expect continued success."
Abbruzzese is a team captain for Coach Todd DelBoccio at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, where she was team MVP as a junior. An outfielder who has earned all-OCC, all-district and all-metro honors, Abbruzzese plans to major in speech pathology at Ohio State, and is active in volunteer work with children with disabilities. She is the daughter of John and Racheal Abbruzzese.
Linda Kalafatis: "Of the four, Mandie is the only local student-athlete in this class and her desire to be a Buckeye was strong. Mandie lost most of the summer with a fractured ankle, but she has just returned from injury and has seemed to pick up right where she left off. She has good speed and sees the ball well with a little bit of pop. Mandie has played a variety of positions in high school and summer ball, but we project her as an outfielder." Machovina is a three-sport athlete from St. Clairsville High School, where she has lettered in softball, basketball and swimming. Named the OVAC conference softball player of the year as a junior, she was the team MVP for Coach Bruce Stiles while earning Buckeye 8 league honors and captaining the Martins Ferry Times-Leader all-area softball squad. She also earned all-area recognition as a basketball point guard. Machovina, who holds a student pilot's license, will major in aviation. She is the daughter of Dan and Laura Machovina. Coach : "Jesse is a strong athlete who can play almost any position. We've seen her excel at catcher, second base and shortstop, and we may work her at third base as well. I like her athleticism and ability to hit for power. Jesse loves to play; she just loves to be at the ball fields so she'll fit in well at Buckeye Field. She joined her high school swim team this year to stay conditioned and ready for softball." Linda Kalafatis
Prantl was the Mid-State League conference player of the year as a junior, earning all-district, all-metro and all-state honors at Teays Valley High School. Leading Coach Brenna Gesigue's squad to the regional finals, she set a school record with seven home runs. Prantl, whose Ohio Slammers ASA team won the Hall of Fame tournament in Oklahoma City, is also a four-year volleyball letterwinner. A member of the National Honor Society who plans to major in business, she is the daughter of Herb and Donna Prantl.
: "Cammi is a solid defensive outfielder with a strong arm who can also play catcher. Offensively, she's a triple threat player from the left side with some pop in her bat who reminds me a lot of current freshman Linda Kalafatis . I like that Cammi has challenged herself from an early age to "play up" in age groups. She has always been on very successful teams so her desire to win is strong. Cammi is a very strong student with better than a 4.0 grade-point so she blends in well with the academic success in our program." Taylor Watkins
Saibene is a four-year starter at Massillon Perry High School in Canton, helping Coach Allison Heppe's squad win the 2010 state championship. Receiving first team all-Federal League and second team all-state recognition, Saibene has also gained plenty of ASA national tournament experience. She is the daughter of Jason and Tammy Saibene. Her uncle Marty Mull was a Buckeye swimmer and two-time national champion for the Buckeyes.
: "I see Jayla at second base or in the outfield for us. She's been one of the top hitters on each of her teams her entire career and she has a good mix of power and speed. Jayla has the natural ability to get the sweet spot of the bat on the ball on a very consistent basis. From high school to club ball, Jayla has always been on very successful teams and her desire to win is strong. Jayla and Cammi were teammates years ago on the Slammers and helped them to great success; I think those two players can help the Buckeyes to greater success." Linda Kalafatis
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Wesleyan junior CaraMia Tsirigos has made a commitment to the Indiana University fastpitch softball program, choosing the Hoosiers over a number of Division I offers. #Tsirigos made all-region, all-county and all-state her first two seasons at Wesleyan and also is a top player for her travel ball team, the Southern Force, which just finished third at ASA 16U Nationals. The team also won the prestigious Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament (Colo.) with a 9-8 finals win over the OC Batbusters (Calif.) on Tsirigos' game-winning, three-run home run.
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At the special request of our friend oldscout and out of respect for the best officiator of a wedding I've ever attended as a guest, Coach Healy, I'm happy to link the first recruiting class of Ms. Healy's young career. Best of luck to the Badgers and their new recruits.
Yvette Healy signs six in first recruiting class
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The first in honor of oldscout
Hometown: New Lenox, Ill. Position: Head Coach Experience: 2nd year
The Healy File • Age: 33 • Alma Mater: DePaul, 1999 • Family: Husband, Shawn; daughter, Grace Coaching Experience
• Wisconsin, Head coach, 2010-present
• Loyola University (Ill.), Head coach, 2004-2010 • DePaul University, Assistant coach, 2002-2004 Championships • Horizon League: 2007 Awards
• Horizon League Coach of the Year: 2007
What Others are Saying: DePaul head coach Eugene Lenti: "Yvette Healy is the perfect fit for Wisconsin. She has everything you're looking for in a head coach with her leadership skills as well as her experience. She's a talented offensive coach, who loves to be aggressive, executing hit and runs, squeezes, etc. She's also a great recruiter and family-oriented person who understands what it takes to be a successful student athlete, being that she was an All-American herself." Arkansas head coach Mike Larabee: "Yvette is a coach that I have always had great respect for. Her teams are always very well coached, disciplined and know how to play the game with energy and passion. She will do an outstanding job in turning around the Wisconsin softball program."
Yvette Healy is in her second season in 2011-12 as head softball coach at Wisconsin. In her first season at the helm of the program, Healy led the Badgers to 30 wins for just the sixth time in school history. The team's 10-game win improvement over the 2010 season tied for the second-best in school history.
Healy had three players named All-Big Ten. Karla Powell became just the third player in Badger history to be named first-team All-Big Ten and the first since Andrea Kirchberg in 2002. Mary Massei earned second team honors and Jennifer Krueger was selected for the third team.
Of the Badgers' 30 victories in Healy's first season, 15 were comeback wins. Wisconsin also won all 21 games in which it outhit opponents, something no other team in school history had done.
The 2011 Badgers tied for the 11th youngest team within the NCAA. Of the 10 teams with a higher percentage, only Pacific (37-19) had a better record than Wisconsin's 30-23 mark and Nicholls State (25-22) was the only other team with a winning record.
Healy's first season with the Badgers produced record results. As a team, the Badgers recorded the most stolen bases in a season with 107, 37 more than the previous record. Jennifer Krueger became Wisconsin's all-team stolen base leader, finishing with 98. Krueger also set the single-season record with 43 stolen bases, which is more than any other player in Wisconsin history has had in their career. Michelle Mueller also set the school's freshman record for the number of stolen bases in a season with 15.
On July 24, 2010, Healy became the third coach in UW history.
"Yvette Healy has proven herself to be a winner both as a player and a coach," Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. "That parallels what we are looking to accomplish here at Wisconsin. We're excited to have her on our staff and we welcome her to the Badgers."
The 2007 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Healy guided the Loyola (Ill.) Ramblers to a top-four conference finish in every season she was at the helm. She has coached four NFCA All-Mideast Region players over the last four seasons, and the team set the single-season school record for batting average (.292) in 2010. Healy's team also set single-season Loyola records for stolen bases (116) and home runs (37) in 2009. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the University of Wisconsin family,"Healy said. "The UW athletic department has a world-renowned legacy of winning on a national stage and in the Big Ten.I am thrilled to partner with the inspirational leadership team of Barry Alvarez, Shawn Eichorst and Terry Gawlik to bring Badger softball to national prominence. "The nationally-ranked academic degrees, athletic facilities, financial support and family-atmosphere make Wisconsin a perfect fit for the nation's most talented softball student-athletes. My husband Shawn and I feel extremely fortunate to raise our daughter Grace in Madison, one of the safest, friendliest and most beautiful towns in the country." As Healy was winning coach of the year honors in the Horizon League in 2007, the team was capturing the conference title with a 14-5 record. Pitcher Amy Solava was also named the league's pitcher of the year, just the third player in school history to earn the award. Off the field, Healy was instrumental in the team's community service participation. She was a part of numerous campaigns to give back, including the Strike Out Cancer Fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a team canned food drive and the Shamrocks for Kids Campaign. The team was given the 2007 Horizon League Community Outreach Award. In addition, Healy served as a mentor for the Girls in the Game program as well as at the Misericordia Home for Mentally and Physically Challenged. Healy's teams have also excelled in the classroom. The 2010 team was the recipient of the 2010 NCAA Academic Performance Program APR Award, while nine players in her time were named Academic All-District by ESPN the Magazine and 25 were chosen as Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She took over as head coach at Loyola in July of 2004 after spending three seasons as an assistant at her alma mater, DePaul. While with the Blue Demons, Healy coached five All-Americans as the team won the Conference USA title in 2003 and 2004 to make the NCAA tournament. A two time All-American and three-time Academic All-American as a player, Healy ranks second on the DePaul single-season chart with a .424 batting average and is the school's all-time leader with 102 stolen bases. In her senior campaign in 1999, Healy led the Blue Demons to a school-record 54 victories, an NCAA Regional Championship and the College World Series as the team wrapped up the year ranked third in the nation. She earned All-Mideast Region honors on three occasions as well. Prior to her coaching career, Healy worked for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox Academy as Director of Marketing. Healy earned her bachelor's degree in communication from DePaul in 1999 and her master's in secondary education and English from DePaul in 2007.
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Head coach Robin Petrini announced seven newcomers for the 2012-13 academic year on Wednesday. Dec. 14, 2011 Photo Gallery | Penn State Softball on: Facebook | Twitter UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State formally announced its seven incoming Nittany Lions from the high school ranks on Wednesday. Joining the Nittany Lions as freshmen in the 2012-13 academic year are Taylor Abeta (San Diego, Calif.), Reina Furuya (Waikele, Hawaii), Shannon Good (Horseheads, N.Y.), Karlie Habitz (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Macy Jones (Ashburn, Va.), Lexi Knief (Ramsey, N.J.) and Christie Von Pusch (Bryn Mawr, Pa.).
"The 2012 class is one of the largest classes we have ever signed and just oozes with talent," Head coach
Robin Petrini said. "They are all very bright young ladies that understand the commitment, drive, and determination it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the field as a student-athlete at Penn State. We are very excited about what each one brings to our roster and we are eager to see them succeed throughout their careers." TAYLOR ABEYTA Position:
San Diego, Calif.
SoCal Breakers 18U Gold
Honors & Highlights:
Named to the Union-Tribune All Academic Team junior year... Earned CIF's Victory with Honor Award...Member of 2009 and 2010 CIF District II Champions, which also won league championships...Member of Top 25 ranked club team in the country, SoCal Breakers 18U coached by Brant Beddow...Lettered four years in softball.
Taylor Marie Abeyta was born June 17, 1994 in San Diego, Calif. to Thomas and Regina Abeyta...Has one sister named Linnea...Undecided on major, but wants to join the Peace Corps then start a career in either medicine or business.
Abeyta on Penn State:
"I absolutely love everything about the University: it has great academic and athletic programs, the campus is beautiful, and most of all, it has a great sense of pride and togetherness that no other college compared to.
Petrini on Abeyta:
"Taylor possesses an enormous amount of athleticism and competitiveness. She is a triple threat at the plate and I am very excited about her tenacity on the basepaths and in the outfield. She is constantly working to improve her game and will push the standard for excellence in a Penn State uniform."
REINA FURUYA Position:
Honors & Highlights:
Helped lead Punahou to 2011 ILH Division I Final appearance coached by Michael Okimoto and Bobby Makahilahila...Named All-State First Team as a utility player in 2011...Helped lead team to finals of the 2010 Hawaii State Championship...Named ILH First Team shortstop in 2011 with an ILH Second Team honor as second base in 2010...Played for the Kaikamahine club team directed by John Lee...Four-year letterwinner in softball and two-year letterwinner in basketball...Led Punahou to 2011 Hawaii Division I Finals and third place in 2010...Basketball two team won the 2010 and 2011 ILH Championship.
Reina Akemi Furuya was born April 29, 1994 in Honolulu to Gregg and Susan Furuya...Has an older brother named Bradley who studies at the University of Southern California...First member of the Furuya family to play a collegiate sport...Majoring in energy engineering.
Furuya on Penn State:
"Penn State feels like the right place for me. It's everything I wanted for college: a great education, friendly people, a beautiful campus, incredible facilities, a school rich in tradition and honor and PSU has the best ice cream."
Petrini on Furuya:
"Reina is going to be our first Hawaiian on our roster and I couldn't be more excited about what she can do for us. She has proven her work ethic and success in the classroom and on the field. We will look to her to solidify a young middle infield as her arm strength and range are her biggest assets. She bleeds blue and white and has already recruited a huge Penn State contingency on the islands."
SHANNON GOOD Position:
TC Tremors Gold
Honors & Highlights:
Earned All-State and two All-Conference honors at Horseheads coached by Audrey Rijo...Named Corning Leader Player of the Year...Left Horseheads High as all-time leader in batting average, two-time captain and Wayne Coburn Award winner...Helped lead team to State Runner-up appearance and two sectional championships...Lettered five times in softball and added three letters in soccer along with a captaincy.
Shannon Good was born April 6, 1994 in Corning, N.Y. to Steve and Kathleen Good...Has one sister named Courtney...Majoring in chemical engineering...Intends to pursue a Master's degree and examine stem cell research...Earned a perfect 4.0 GPA at Horseheads and is a four-year scholar-athlete award winner.
Good on Penn State:
"Penn State offered the perfect balance of academic excellence and opportunity combined with the long-standing tradition of school pride and dedication to athletics. PSU seemed to be the best place to prepare me for what lies ahead."
Petrini on Good:
"Shannon continues to carry the torch for us in a long line of successful camp participants. She has power at the plate and is very athletic in the outfield. She works hard to improve her game and academically has already qualified for our Honor's College. Shannon will push each of her teammates daily and we are excited to see her transition to the next level."
KARLIE HABITZ Position:
Santa Clarita, Calif.
So Cal Choppers
Dean and Gary Fausett
Honors & Highlights:
Named All-Foothill League and All-Santa Clarita in high school coached by Donna Lee...Helped lead team to CIF Semifinalist spot in 2010 along with Michelle Carew Tournament Championship in 2010...Led Valencia to the 2011 CIF Quarterfinals and winning the Tournament of Champions in the same year...Player four years of club ball for the So Cal Choppers 18U Gold coached by Dean and Gray Fausett...Lettered four times in softball.
Karlie E. Habitz was born July 30, 1994 in Santa Clarita, Calif. to Dave and Sabine Habitz...Has one sister named Corinna...Intends to go into athletic training or coaching after graduation.
Habitz on Penn State:
"I chose Penn State because I love the tradition at the school and knowing that I would have an education from a great school."
Petrini on Habitz:
"When I think of Karlie, one phrase immediately comes to mind and that is sheer power. She has a great command behind the plate and simply owns the batter's box on offense. She comes to us from a tremendous travel ball program where powerful hitters are born and bred. Karlie will join former travel teammate
in the blue and white."
MACY JONES Position:
New Jersey Intensity
Honors & Highlights:
Captured the 2011 All-State First Team, All-Region First Team, All-Metro Area, All-District as well as State and District Player of the Year honors...Named to 2010 All-District First Team, All-Region First Team and All-State Second Team along with an All-Metro Area First Team laurel...Earned All-District Second team in 2009...Has earned three letters in softball coached by Jennifer Traina at Briar Woods, helping to lead the team to a state championship...Plies her club ball trade with the New Jersey Intensity under the direction of Kevin O'Donnell...The Intensity finished in the Top 16 at the 2011 Premier National Tournament...Earned four letters in basketball along with two letters in volleyball.
Macy Jones was born May 2, 1994 in Fair Oaks, Va. to Michelle and Mark Jones...Has an older brother named Matthew...Majoring in energy, business and finance...Intends to pursue an MBA upon graduation.
Jones on Penn State:
"I chose Penn State because of the proud feeling of unity and tradition I got when I was on campus."
Petrini on Jones:
"Macy is the consummate Penn State student-athlete. To say that she is successful academically and athletically is an understatement. She has already led her high school team to a State Championship and is fighting for top honors in her class. She is an incredible outfielder, has great pop at the plate, and can even get it done on the mound. We are looking to Macy to step in and make an immediate impact on our roster."
LEXI KNIEF Position:
Team LI Gold
Honors & Highlights:
Named All-League, All-County and Suburban News Player of the Year 2009-11...Named Female Athlete of the Year 2009-10...Named All-State 2010-11 and MVP of Ramsey 2010-11, coached by Chris Caserta...Led county in 2011 with a .598 batting average...Named team captain for 2012 season...Played summer ball for Team LI Gold coached by Nike Galati...Four year letterwinner in soccer, named Bergen Record Female Soccer Player of the year in 2011...Named to the All-League squad from 2008-11...Earned All County 2010-11 and Suburban News Player of the Year 2009-11...Named MVP for 2010 squad while leading Bergen County with 27 goals scored...Helped lead Ramsey to the 2011 Big North League, N.J. State Sectional and N.J. Group II State titles.
Lexis Anne Knief was born March 22, 1994 in Ridgewood, N.J. to Cathi and Karl Knief...Has a twin sister named Ashley and two siblings named Kris and Brett...Last name is pronounced NEEF.
Knief on Penn State:
"I chose Penn State because I have the opportunity to get a great education at one of the nation's top universities, play softball in the Big Ten and in a new softball facility. The coaching staff will challenge me to achieve my goals both on the field and in the classroom."
Petrini on Knief:
"Lexi defines what it means to be a well rounded athlete. She is arguably the best soccer player in the state of New Jersey and will simply chew glass to get things done. She is tough, a fierce competitor, and fiery on the field. Her speed, athleticism, and versatility will serve her very well in a tough Big Ten Conference."
CHRISTY VON PUSCH Position:
Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Newtown Rock Gold
Honors & Highlights:
Earned All-State AAA First Team in 2011 and Second Team honors in 2010...Named All-DelCo First Team and All-Central League First Team in 2010-11...Named All-Main Line Media News Softball Player of the year twice...Lettered four years in softball coached by Jessica Verguldi-Scott at Radnor...Plays club ball for the Newtown Rock Gold directed by Rick Waye...Lettered once in volleyball.
Christine Von Pusch was born April 9, 1994 in Tampa, Fla. to Rick and Linda Von Pusch...Has eight siblings: Brooke, Brandon, Tara, Igor, Boris, Maria, Katarina, and Greg...Majoring in finance with a minor in engineering or Spanish...Intends to apply for graduate school after Penn State.
Von Pusch on Penn State:
"I chose Penn State because I loved the campus and all the opportunities that the school offers. It has a perfect balance between academics and athletics."
Petrini on Von Pusch:
"Christy brings the right arm to our class. She has thrown countless no-hitters in her high school season and throws a very hard and heavy ball. She possesses a lot of versatility on defense and has quite a bit of power in her bat. As excited as she is about pitching, she is equally as proud of her academic achievements. I am anxious to see her take the mound and continue her successes as a Nittany Lion."
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New Hoosier Assistant Coach Becky Marx Keogh Position: Assistant Coach Experience: 1st Season Becky Marx Keogh was named an assistant coach with the Hoosiers on July 6, 2011, after serving four years as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Michigan. She also played at the University of Michigan and was the starting catcher on the Wolverines 2005 National Championship team. Keogh (pronounced "KEY-oh") was a Third Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American catcher in 2006 as a senior at the University of Michigan after leading the Wolverines in batting average, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. She also received Second Team All-Big Ten Conference honors and was named to the all-tournament team at the Big Ten Tournament after hitting .545. As a junior at Michigan in 2005, Keogh was the starting catcher for all seven Women's College World Series contests as the Wolverines went on to claim the national title. With Michigan facing elimination in the second game of the championship series, she hit a two-run home run to tie the game and force a decisive game three, which Michigan went on to win. Keogh played her first two seasons at Loyola University in Chicago, where she set a single-season school record for RBI on her way to being named First Team All-Horizon League as well as all-tournament team accolades. Her career batting average over four seasons was .286 to with a slugging percentage of .492 and 33 career home runs. Keogh hails from St. Joseph, Mich., and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Secondary Education in 2007. She recently earned her master's degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Sports Management from the University of Michigan. She was married to her husband, Ed, in 2009 and they have one daughter, Evelyn.
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Hometown: Nacogdoches, Texas Position: Head Coach Alma Mater: Stanford '04
Minnesota head softball coach Jessica Allister enters her second year at the helm of the Gophers program after leading the team to an impressive turnaround in 2011.
The Jessica Allister era of Minnesota softball began on Aug. 10, 2010 when director of athletics Joel Maturi named the former Oregon assistant and All-American catcher from Stanford the sixth head coach in Minnesota history.
In her first year with the Gophers, Allister pushed her squad to improve every day and maintain a strong work ethic on the playing field and in the classroom. The results spoke couldn't be ignored.
The team nearly doubled its win total from the previous year, finishing the 2011 campaign with a 31-24 overall record and improving its Big Ten win total from two in 2010 to nine in 2011. Under Allister's guidance, the Gophers also saw a pair of student-atheletes recognized by the conference for outstanding performances in the field in Sara Moulton and Malisa Barnes.
Moulton -- the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, an All-Great Lakes Region player and an All-Big Ten honoree -- posted a 28-16 overall record in 2011 - the most wins in a season by a Minnesota pitcher and the 12th most regular season wins in the country this year - while also tying the school record and finishing fifth in the NCAA with 14 shutouts this season. The freshman struck out 330 batters- finishing second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation - and held a 2.06 ERA in 47 appearances in 2011. Meanwhile, Barnes earned All-Big Ten honors after leading Minnesota with a .433 batting average (.423 in conference play) - a figure that tied for third in the Big Ten, 22nd in the country and third on Minnesota's single-season record list. Barnes also held a .569 overall on-base percentage (.600 in conference play) and ranked third in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation. Her 49 walks in 2011 crushed Minnesota's previous record of 36.
Academically, Allister's inaugural squad featured seven student-athletes who earned Academic All-Big Ten distinction.
Prior to taking over the reigns at Minnesota, Allister was one of the nation's top softball assistants -- helping three different programs to Super Regional appearances in the past four years with five trips in a six-year stretch. A proven developer of talent, Allister has groomed numerous student-athletes into elite softball players, including 10 NFCA All-Americans, and has consistently helped build nationally ranked programs throughout her career.
The Nacogdoches, Texas native served as an assistant at Oregon in 2010 when she helped coach the Ducks to one of the best seasons in program history, including their first-ever Super Regional berth. While in Eugene, Allister assisted in all aspects of the softball program with an emphasis on hitting, catching and outfielders. Off the field, Allister acted as recruiting and travel coordinator as well as program's primary contact for admissions, compliance and eligibility.
Prior to joining the staff at Oregon, Allister spent three years at her alma mater, Stanford University, where she was an assistant coach on a Cardinal staff that earned honors as the 2009 NFCA West Regional Coaching Staff of the Year. During her tenure in Palo Alto, Allister worked with the Cardinal catchers and coached Rosey Neill to 2008 and 2009 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors. In addition to her role working with the team's catchers, Allister also served as Stanford's first base coach and assisted with hitting and recruiting. During her tenure with the team, Stanford earned three-straight NCAA tournament bids and made a pair of Super Regional appearances in 2008 and 2009.
Allister's first coaching position was with Georgia, where she served as an assistant for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. During her stint with the Bulldogs, the team enjoyed two of its most successful seasons ever, earning two NCAA tournament berths and winning the 2005 SEC Championship. That same year, the Bulldogs led the SEC and ranked sixth nationally in batting (.317).
As a player, Allister put together one of Stanford's all-time great careers earning All-America honors as a senior in 2004 and leading the Cardinal to a pair of Women's College World Series appearances (2001, 2004). A three-time All-Pac-10 honoree and a four-year starter, Allister owns Stanford's career records for games played (266) and fielding percentage (.994). She also ranks among the program's top 10 for career hits, doubles, home runs, runs batted in, slugging percentage and putouts. As a final accolade for her college career, Allister was named the 2004 Stanford Conference Female Athlete of the Year.
Allister graduated from Stanford in 2004 with a degree in economics and played professionally as a member of the New England Riptide of the National Pro Fastpitch League in 2004 and 2005
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McLaughlin Returns as Director of Operations Nov. 21, 2011 ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head softball coach Carol Hutchins announced on Monday (Nov. 21) the hiring of former student manager Erin McLaughlin as the director of softball operations.
"We are excited to have Erin back," Hutchins said. "She is prepared for this moment, and I know that she will do a great job. Erin will be a great asset to our program."
McLaughlin, a 2011 Michigan graduate, returns to Ann Arbor after serving as a game operations intern at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She coordinated all home game-day operations for football and softball, organized travel and lodging, managed the credentials infrastructure for the entire department and outside organizations, and designed game-day publications.
McLaughlin served as the student manager for the Wolverines from August 2008 until July 2011. She was responsible for creating and maintaining an organization system for the equipment storage room; assisting the director of softball operations with coordination of team meals, transportation, and travel arrangements; and capturing video during team practices and games.
During her time as student at U-M, McLaughlin also worked in the media relations department, helping Michigan host the 2009 NCAA Ann Arbor Softball Regional. She also worked for two years as a director's assistant with Michigan Sports Television, where she attended sporting events to take game notes and operate the camera on set for "Inside Michigan Football."
McLaughlin earned a bachelor's degree in sport management from Michigan in May 2011.
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Assistant Coach (Second Season) Position: Assistant Coach (Second Season) Alma Mater, Year: South Carolina, 2002
Adrianna Baggetta is in her second season as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa. Baggetta is responsible for the Hawkeye defense.
Iowa posted a 27-24 overall and a 9-11 Big Ten record in Baggetta's first season in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes opened Big Ten Conference play strong, jumping out to an 8-3 record. Among the victories was a 4-2 triumph at No. 1 Michigan. The win, which pushed the overall mark to 26-16, was Iowa's first over a No. 1 ranked opponent since the 2005 season and the first over a ranked foe since 2008.
A pair of Hawkeyes earned all-Big Ten recognition at the conclusion of the season. Liz Watkins was tabbed as a second team selection, while Katie Keim earned third team accolades.
Baggetta came to Iowa after serving on staff at the University of South Carolina for eight seasons (2002-2010). She began her time at South Carolina as a volunteer assistant from 2002-03 before assuming full assistant coach responsibilities in July of 2003. Baggetta was promoted to associate head coach at South Carolina in 2009 and held that position through 2010.
While at South Carolina, Baggetta helped lead the Gamecocks to five NCAA Regional appearances, including a Super Regional berth in 2007. She also coached two academic All-Americans and 42 SEC all-Academic team members.
In her eight years at South Carolina, Baggetta oversaw day-to-day operations of the softball program, including coordinating practice and competition schedules, workouts for the outfielders, catchers and hitters, strength and conditioning and film breakdown. She was also the recruiting coordinator and the camps/clinics coordinator. Baggetta developed South Carolina's Strike Out Cancer weekend in 2009, which raised over a total of $12,000 for the Susan G. Komen organization during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Baggetta was a member of the South Carolina softball team from 1998-02 and helped lead the Gamecocks to an SEC conference tournament championship in 2000, four-straight NCAA Regional appearances and three SEC Eastern Division titles. The Gamecocks averaged 44 wins per year and were ranked in the Top 25 in each of her four seasons. She was named all-SEC in 2002 and was also chosen for the 2002 all-SEC tournament team. In 2002, she led South Carolina in batting average (.353), home runs (6), slugging percentage (.573) and on-base percentage (.446). She ranks in the career top 10 at South Carolina in home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, walks per game and hit by pitch.
Baggetta graduated from South Carolina in 2002 with a degree in sport and entertainment with a minor in business administration.
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Four Big Ten softball teams appeared in one or both preseason polls released by USA Softball and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Tuesday.
Michigan and Nebraska both appeared in the top 25 of both rankings, with the Wolverines checking in at No. 15 in the NFCA poll and No. 16 in the USA Softball rankings and the Huskers appearing at No. 21 in the NFCA rankings and No. 20 in the USA Softball poll. Ohio State and Northwestern were among other squads also receiving votes in the rankings released by USA Softball.
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Huskers are loaded dammit. Who invited them?!?
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2W-2L Indiana 2/10/2012 vs. UIC Las Cruces, N.M. W, 6-4 at New Mexico State Las Cruces, N.M. L, 10-2 (6) 2/11/2012 vs. Saint Mary's Las Cruces, N.M. L, 8-3 vs. Santa Clara Las Cruces, N.M. W, 9-1 (5) 1W-4L Michigan St 2/10/2012 vs. Louisville Miami, Fla. L, 4-1 at Florida International Miami, Fla. W, 8-1 2/11/2012 vs. Massachusetts Miami, Fla. L, 7-6 vs. Illinois Miami, Fla. L, 8-0 2/12/2012 vs. UAB Miami, Fla. L, 3-2 2W-3L Northwestern 2/10/2012 vs. Texas Tech Tempe, Ariz. W, 14-6 (6) at No. 1 Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. L, 10-5 2/11/2012 vs. No. 12 Washington Tempe, Ariz. L, 10-3 vs. New Mexico Tempe, Ariz. L, 13-5 (5) 2/12/2012 vs. No. 17 Texas A&M Tempe, Ariz. W, 6-3 (8) 2W-3L Ohio St 2/10/2012 vs. UCF Clermont, FL L, 2-1 vs. Florida Atlantic - Dot Richardson NTC Clermont, FL W, 9-6 2/11/2012 vs. North Carolina - Dot Richardson NTC Clermont, FL L, 3-1 vs. North Florida - Dot Richardson NTC Clermont, FL L, 10-5 2/12/2012 vs. Florida A&M Clermont, FL W, 7-1 1W-3L Penn St Fri., Feb. 10 at LSU Baton Rouge, La. W, 5-3 Sat., Feb. 11 vs. Louisiana Tech Baton Rouge, La. L, 4-2 at LSU Baton Rouge, La. L, 1-0 (8) Sun., Feb. 12 vs. Michigan Baton Rouge, La. L, 12-1 (5) 2W-3L Illinois 2/10/2012 vs. Massachusetts Miami, Fla. L, 4-1 vs. #25 Louisville Miami, Fla. L, 8-3 2/11/2012 vs. Alabama-Birmingham Miami, Fla. W, 1-0 (8) vs. Michigan State Miami, Fla. W, 8-0 (5) 2/12/2012 at Florida International Miami, Fla. L, 8-0 (6) 3W-2L Iowa 2/10/2012 vs. Wichita State Waco, Texas W, 11-0 (5) at Baylor Waco, Texas L, 4-0 2/11/2012 vs. Arkansas Waco, Texas L, 10-2 (5) vs. UT Arlington Waco, Texas W, 1-0 2/12/2012 vs. Belmont Waco, Texas W, 8-0 (5) 4W-0L Michigan Fri., Feb. 10 vs. Louisiana Tech Baton Rouge, La. W, 7-6 Sat., Feb. 11 at No. 22 LSU Baton Rouge, La. W, 2-1 vs. Louisiana Tech Baton Rouge, La. W, 5-4 Sun., Feb. 12 vs. Penn State Baton Rouge, La. W, 12-1 (5 inn.) 3W-1L Minnesota 2/11/2012 vs. Kent State Las Vegas, Nev. W, 2-0 at UNLV Las Vegas, Nev. L, 2-1 2/12/2012 vs. Weber State Las Vegas, Nev. W, 8-0 (5) vs. Cal State Bakersfield Las Vegas, Nev. W 10-0 3W-3L Nebraska Thu, Feb 09 Washington at Tempe, Ariz. 0 - 4 (L) Fri, Feb 10 Arizona at Tempe, Ariz. 11 - 10 (W) Fri, Feb 10 Idaho State at Tempe, Ariz. 12 - 4 (W) (5) Sat, Feb 11 Cal State Northridge at Tempe, Ariz. 10 - 2 (W) 6 Sat, Feb 11 Oregon State at Tempe, Ariz. 3 - 11 (L) (6) Sun, Feb 12 Georgia Tech at Tempe, Ariz. 5 - 6 (L)
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Not a bad opening weekend! Some nice wins. The pitching at Michigan looks to be of form early (Nebraska will be a great addition and looks to have a nice offense). Minnesota will ride the arm of Moulton, go hawks, you have any thoughts after opening weekend?
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very impressed with the freshman pitcher at Northwestern
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Penn state's number one pitcher vs LSU (22) = a penn state win! Go PSU!