JANUARY 19 2011 UPDATE
SOONERS TOP BIG 12 POLL
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma softball team received seven first-place votes and tallied 79 points to top the 2011 Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The selection marks the third consecutive season in which Oklahoma has been chosen as the preseason favorite.
Missouri (71) was chosen second and received two first-place votes, while Texas was third with 69 points and one first-place vote. Texas A&M (5) and Oklahoma State (50) rounded out the top five. Baylor (40), Texas Tech (33), Nebraska (26), Iowa State (15) and Kansas (13) placed sixth through 10th. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.
The Sooners returned to Norman Sunday afternoon and got to work Monday. Tuesday marked the first day of classes and the first full team practice for the squad. Oklahoma returns 10 letterwinners from last season’s NCAA Super Regional team. The Sooners return two All-Americans in Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults. OU went 47-12 during the 2010 season and finished second in the conference regular season standings with a 13-3 mark.
BANDITS RELEASE TWO
Bandits part ways with Waits, Mitchell
ELGIN, Ill. – Chicago Bandits GM Aaron Moore announced today that the Bandits have released the following players to free-agency – infielder Amberly Waits and outfielder Rachel Mitchell.
Waits, 22, was selected by the Bandits in the second round of the 2010 NPF Senior Draft out of Louisiana Tech. In her rookie season she batted 4-for-28 (.143) with 10 runs scored.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NPF Senior Draft, out of Louisiana State University, Mitchell spent time in right field and was a frequent pinch runner for the Bandits. In her rookie season, Mitchell batted 8-for-51 (.157), with a .271 on base percentage.
Marissa Gilbuena, SS/2B, 2012, Ca Cruisers, Committed to Minnesota
NORTHERN EXPOSURE COLLEGE SHOWCASE
New Haven, CT July 15-17, 2011
ESPN RISE RANKS 2011 RECRUITING CLASSES
- Arizona State
THE THREE AMIGOS ON THE HILL
A poignant moment in Tucson when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Debby Wasserman Schultz were at the bedside of very close friend Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – and Giffords opened her eyes. Her friends journeyed to Tucson aboard Air Force One with President Obama who visited with Giffords and the other shooting victims.
SPY published a photo last June of the Congressional softball team, when it played the news media from Capitol Hill. Gillibrand, widely considered one of the smartest (and prettiest) Senators, also excels at pitching (slow) and Wasserman-Schultz played an excellent second base. Other Members including then Speaker Pelosi were there to cheer for them. A person in the background appears to be Giffords.
Sign of the times: Saw Wasserman-Schultz arriving in Fort Lauderdale when I was leaving the Rising Stars tournament. A day after the Tucson shooting, she was met by three uniformed police. Sad.