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Kurosawa

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http://www.gohuskies.com/news/2017/11/6/softball-huskies-sign-eight-for-2019.aspx

2018-19
Maddi Banks IF/C Beverly Bandits, Pleasant Valley MS (ILL) Signed
Madison Huskey OF/C Corona Angels, Gahr HS (Cerritos, CA) Signed
Silent Rain Espinoza MIF San Diego Power Surge, Christian HS (San Diego, CA) Signed
McKenzie Schulz P Washington Majestics, Monroe HS (WA) Signed
Megan Vandegrift 2B/SS Washington Majestics, White River HS (WA) Signed
Ariana Quinones 2B/SS OC Batbusters 18U-Stith, Mission Hills HS (CA) Signed
Sami Reynolds OF Washington Majestics, Snohomish HS (WA) Signed
Francesca Torraca OF Beverly Bandits, Immaculata HS (Raritan NJ) Signed

2019-20
Jadelyn Allchin OF OC Batbusters Campbell, Huntington Beach HS (CA)
Hannah Dardano OF/1B California Breeze Warren, Oak Ridge HS (El Dorado Hills, CA)
Brooke Nelson P NW Bullets, Bonney Lake HS (WA)

2020-21
Stormy Kotzelnick 2B/OF Beverly Bandits Premier 14u Harms, Creekside MS (Carmel, IN)
Raigan Barrett 3B/SS Team Seattle/NW Speed, Ballou Junior High (Puyallup, WA)
Lilly Agan OF Birmingham Thunderbolts 02, Alexander HS (Birmingham, GA)

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Ballou Junior High lol. Yea, I know, Team Seattle is heather's crew, home town kid gets to go to UW, blah blah blah. Don't care, that's still amusing any way you spin it.
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Torraca is the surprise. She was on the Puerto Rico Olympic and National Teams. She was previously committed to UCF, until Alvelo and Flores got into her ear this summer, I'm guessing.

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:tIYKzRwDTecJ:https://www.flosoftball.com/articles/5044281-rising-star-francesca-torraca-27+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
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Ballou Junior High lol. Yea, I know, Team Seattle is heather's crew, home town kid gets to go to UW, blah blah blah. Don't care, that's still amusing any way you spin it.


If they aren't in high school when they commit, I don't hide it. She's at Rogers HS now. To be fair, Junior High includes 9th grade - committing as a freshman is very common these days.

Alyssa Pinto, Maddi Banks, and Stormy Kotzelnik committed as middle schoolers. Pinto has since switched her commitment to Oregon. I'm not defending it, but it is how the recruiting game is being played. If the coaches come together, they could change it, but so far they haven't. The same with not considering someone a Prospective Student Athlete until they enroll in the 9th grade.
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"committing as a freshman is very common these days". Oh really doctor, you think so?

Didn't ask for you to state the obvious. I can see her grad year. I just found Ballou Junior High to be amusing. 

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Why should I care what you ask me for? You've made no secret in the past of your animus for Tarr. Most successful coaches have their haters, although most are just trying to do their job and hardly deserve it (Clint, excepted).

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Not sure where you saw any Tarr animus from me.  She's a great coach.  Her nepotism is cheesy. Her decision to create a travel ball team seems tacky. Her yoga pants are world-class.
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Great post, EG
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NCAA rules (or lack of them) make 14U regional travel teams exempt from the 50-mile radius rule for college coaches. I doubt she, or her husband, is the only one doing it. Even if she is, that doesn't mean that her motives aren't exactly what she's said they are (to help young athletes). The NCAA only has to get rid of the nonsense about 14U's not being Prospective Student Athletes to stop it.

It isn't like mega-travel teams, at all ages, don't vacuum up players from all over the place (see the Beverly Bandits, which covers over a half-dozen states). Players want to be on competitive travel teams because they provide high-level playing opportunities and broad recruiting exposure. I'm only aware of two future Huskies who played for Team Seattle (Schulz and Barrett). Lots of others have committed to other schools.
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NCAA rules (or lack of them) make 14U regional travel teams exempt from the 50-mile radius rule for college coaches. I doubt she, or her husband, is the only one doing it. Even if she is, that doesn't mean that her motives aren't exactly what she's said they are (to help young athletes). The NCAA only has to get rid of the nonsense about 14U's not being Prospective Student Athletes to stop it.

It isn't like mega-travel teams, at all ages, don't vacuum up players from all over the place (see the Beverly Bandits, which covers over a half-dozen states). Players want to be on competitive travel teams because they provide high-level playing opportunities and broad recruiting exposure. I'm only aware of two future Huskies who played for Team Seattle (Schulz and Barrett). Lots of others have committed to other schools.




Team Seattle current or future Huskies : Emma Helm Freshman, Morgan Allen Freshman, Megan Vandegrift Signed, Mackenzie Schultz Signed, Sami Reynolds Signed, Raigan Barrett Commit

Interesting that some of the top athletes to go through the Team Seattle program did not become Huskies : Maddie Morgan (Alabama) Shaye Bowden (Oregon) Kiki Milloy (Tennessee) all three could be impact players at respective schools 



 


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1 of those 2020 commits spotted at Auburn today.
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1 of those 2020 commits spotted at Auburn today.


Just say who it was, no one likes a guessing game.
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Team Seattle current or future Huskies : Emma Helm Freshman, Morgan Allen Freshman, Megan Vandegrift Signed, Mackenzie Schultz Signed, Sami Reynolds Signed, Raigan Barrett Commit

Interesting that some of the top athletes to go through the Team Seattle program did not become Huskies : Maddie Morgan (Alabama) Shaye Bowden (Oregon) Kiki Milloy (Tennessee) all three could be impact players at respective schools 



 




I dint think it’s at all interesting that some/many players don’t want to play close to home. If a top softball school away from your home state is offering a lot of money, it’s exciting for the player. Who doesn’t want to ‘go away’ to school? Staying in your own backyard for college isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It doesn’t matter what travel team you play for.
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I dint think it’s at all interesting that some/many players don’t want to play close to home. If a top softball school away from your home state is offering a lot of money, it’s exciting for the player. Who doesn’t want to ‘go away’ to school? Staying in your own backyard for college isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It doesn’t matter what travel team you play for.
I agree with most of this, but a lot of kids DO stay home. Sometimes, they simply do not want to lose what they are familiar with. And, perhaps more than a few feel that staying close to their parents and allowing them to watch them play frequently is a gift back for all those years of their youth
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I agree with most of this, but a lot of kids DO stay home. Sometimes, they simply do not want to lose what they are familiar with. And, perhaps more than a few feel that staying close to their parents and allowing them to watch them play frequently is a gift back for all those years of their youth



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Not hard to figure out with Mickey Dean and his connection to a Midwest travel program
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Stormy? Wasn't her commitment predicated on being also able to play basketball? That basketball coach is no longer at Washington.

Pinto switched to Oregon. It happens.
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I agree with most of this, but a lot of kids DO stay home. Sometimes, they simply do not want to lose what they are familiar with. And, perhaps more than a few feel that staying close to their parents and allowing them to watch them play frequently is a gift back for all those years of their youth


Very true, I guess it just depends on the kid. I do think it’s a completely different learning experience for a student to not be able to run home when things get tough.
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I know my kid didn't have a "dream school" she just wanted to head out of state.
Que dad comments here:

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I know my kid didn't have a "dream school" she just wanted to head out of state. Que dad comments here:
LOL... I hear that, spazs

Mine went 3,000 miles away. And, I could not have been more proud.

 

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Very true, I guess it just depends on the kid. I do think it’s a completely different learning experience for a student to not be able to run home when things get tough.
I could not agree more
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Stormy? Wasn't her commitment predicated on being also able to play basketball? That basketball coach is no longer at Washington.

Pinto switched to Oregon. It happens.


Only in her Dad's mind!
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Only in her Dad's mind!


[635847419367273103-stormy-washington] 

You mean this?

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"When they called us in, they said, 'Hey, we've done our homework. We already know about her basketball skills, and if you sign here, she can play basketball, too,' " said John Kotzelnick, Stormy's dad. "No top D-I school does that in the country. That's what won the battle. That put an end to any other schools."


https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/high-school/2015/12/03/carmel-softball-phenom-13-snags-full-ride-division-college/76573558/

Wouldn't she have to, under that scenario, be under a, um, basketball scholarship? Not a bad deal for Tarr, if she can get it, but the basketball coach that, supposedly, made that promise is gone.

She is still listed at the Beverly Bandits' site as committed to Washington. Auburn wasn't among the schools she originally chose from, however. Early recruits, as Pinto showed, don't always stick, and that is how it should be. Hopefully, however, we won't see the kinds of "hat derby" soft (commit, but keep visiting) verbals in softball that have become all too typical in men's basketball.


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That quote from dad... just sounds like a potential headache. LOL
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Hopefully, however, we won't see the kinds of "hat derby" soft (commit, but keep visiting) verbals in softball that have become all too typical in men's basketball.


Well, I HATE that the girls' only official they take out of the five they are entitled to is a ceremonial this-is-where-I-am-committed-to visit.

They deserve to be able to go to five officials, just like athletes with different plumbing

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She does not even play basketball anymore and has not since 8th grade according to a friend in the area. Also, word is no commitment to Auburn after visit this weekend.
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She does not even play basketball anymore and has not since 8th grade according to a friend in the area. Also, word is no commitment to Auburn after visit this weekend.


Ok, committed to Washington, in Auburn on a visit. Ye humble kid, who's her manager, Lavar Ball?
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You do not how close you are. That is the exact reference I heard used for her Dad
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LOL... I hear that, spazs

Mine went 3,000 miles away. And, I could not have been more proud.

 



How many turns was that?
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How many turns was that?
More than a Byrds song
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