1-27-2011 January 27 Update





Conference Champion: Alabama (4), Tennessee (3), Georgia (3) and Florida (1)

 Eastern Division:
1. Tennessee (17 points)
2. Georgia (18 points)
3. Florida (22 points)
4. Kentucky (37 points)
5. South Carolina (46 points)
Western Division:
1. Alabama (10 points)
2. LSU (19 points)
3. Auburn (33 points)
4. Arkansas (36 points)
5. Mississippi State (46 points)
6. Ole Miss (51 points)


Irish Tabbed First In BIG EAST Preseason Poll

Defending regular season champions expected to top BIG EAST again in 2011.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After claiming a share of last season’s BIG EAST Conference

regular season title, the Notre Dame softball team has taken top honors in the

2011 edition of the preseason league coaches’ poll. The Irish earned an

impressive 10 first-place votes and 141 total points.

Notre Dame returns six all-conference performers from 2010 including reigning

BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Jody Valdivia and third-team All-American Katie

Fleury. The Irish went 47-12 overall last season and 18-3 against league foes

while leading the nation with a .343 batting average.

DePaul, which shared the league’s 2010 regular season championship, was picked

second with three first-place votes. Louisville garnered the third spot while

Syracuse, the reigning BIG EAST champion, was picked to finish fourth.

This season’s BIG EAST Championship returns to Louisville, Ky., for the fourth

straight season. The three-day tournament spans from May 12-14 with the final

tilt to be televised live on ESPN2.

The Irish, who welcome four newcomers while returning 17 monogram winners from

2010, begin the season against Miami (Ohio) on Feb. 18 at the UCF Invitational

in Orlando, Fla.

2011 BIG EAST Softball Preseason Poll

1.     Notre Dame (10)

2.     DePaul (3)     

3.     Louisville           

4.     Syracuse           

5.     Pittsburgh           

6.     USF                   

7.     Villanova            

8.     Providence         

9.     Connecticut         

10.   Rutgers              

11.   St. John’s           

12.   Seton Hall           

13.   Georgetown        

(x) – indicates first place votes


2011 SEC Softball Preseason Team Announced

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —  The Southeastern Conference unveiled its fourth annual Preseason All-SEC team to highlight the upcoming season of SEC softball.

 Florida led all schools with four selections, followed by Alabama and Georgia with three each.   Alabama’s Kelsi Dunne and Florida’s Aja Paculba are making their third consecutive appearance to the team, while Taylor Schlopy and Alisa Goler of Georgia, and Florida’s Kelsey Bruder, are making their second consecutive appearances on the team.  Rounding out the list is Tennessee’s Raven Chavanne and Ivy Renfroe and Kentucky’s Megan Yocke.  

 The Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team consists of a minimum of 12 players.  Each SEC head softball coach voted for four infielders, four outfielders, two pitchers, one catcher and one dp/utility player. No ties were broken.

In a class-by-class breakdown, the 2011 team consists of only seniors and sophomores.  A record nine seniors and four sophomores compile the team, marking the first time no juniors were selected.  A complete list of the 2011 SEC Softball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team follows:

Preseason All-SEC Team               Pos.       Ht.          Cl.           Hometown

Whitney Larsen, Alabama            IF            5-9          Sr.           Vestavia, Hills, Ala.

Megan Bush, Florida                       IF            5-7          Sr.           Anaheim Hills, Calif.

Aja Paculba, Florida                         IF            5-3          Sr.           Wildomar, Calif.

Alisa Goler, Georgia                        IF            5-6          Sr.           Frankfort, Ill.

Kayla Braud, Alabama                    OF          5-6          So.          Eugene, Ore.

Kelsey Bruder, Florida                    OF          5-5          Sr.           Corona, Calif.

Taylor Schlopy, Georgia                 OF          5-2          Sr.           West Hills, Calif.

Megan Wiggins, Georgia               OF          5-5          Sr.           Snellville, Ga.

Raven Chavanne, Tennessee     OF          5-8          So.          Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Kelsi Dunne, Alabama                    P             6-0          Sr.           Port Orange, Fla.

Ivy Renfroe, Tennessee                P             6-0          So.          Jackson, Tenn.

Megan Yocke, Kentucky               C             5-7          Sr.           Sunnyvale, Calif.

Brittany Schutte, Florida               DP/U     5-9          So.          Fountain Valley, Calif.   

*Ties were not broken


Distributed by NFCA to Travel Ball Members

My name is Rick Sherman and I am the Chairman of the Travel Ball Subcommittee to the NFCA Recruiting Committee.  The committee met during the NFCA National Convention in San Diego this past December.  There were several items that were discussed, but the major point drawing most of the discussion was the practice of girls committing early (“Early Verbals” as Freshmen and Sophomores in high school) to a particular college softball program.  From the discussion it appeared as though a majority of the college coaches opposed this activity.  I had some personal opinions on the subject, but I was not prepared to present any data concerning the view of Travel Ball Coaches as a group.  I would like to correct that situation.
The Travel Ball Subcommittee will be holding a conference call (probably this spring) to discuss this issue and any other issues, concerning recruiting, that come to our attention.  We (the members of the Subcommittee) would like to represent the total Travel Ball community, so please feel free to send me (or any other Subcommittee member) your opinion on the high school grade level at which a player should be allowed to commit to a college softball program.  If you could also include your rationale that would be greatly appreciated.
Please send along any other ideas that you have concerning the recruiting process or any questions that you have concerning how NFCA can help you as a Travel Ball coach in dealing with the recruiting process.  If you go to the NFCA website you can view the minutes of the Recruiting Committee meeting and you may also take a look at the Travel Ball caucus meeting.  You may also check out the duties of the Recruiting Committee and the Travel Ball Subcommittee.
Coach Rick Sherman
Chairman, Travel Ball Recruiting Subcommittee
Road Runner Softball
PO Box 48
New Concord, Ohio 43762


Bad enough that CBS repeatedly showed the scene during the game, but CNN compounded the gross-out by showing the scene during all of its next-day sports segments.  In case you missed it, sports television descended to a new low by continually broadcasting a scene of Jets QB

Sanchez picking his nose, then wiping the snot on backup QB Mark Brunell’s jacket.


Like lemmings to the sea, thousands of office workers and other employees in the Washington Metro Area ignored the warnings that they should leave in early afternoon, or, wait a few hours after the big snow storm hit (and  hit hard about 5pm)creating massive gridlock throughout the area – and forcing closure of some major arteries. Transportation officials pleaded in vain for time to plow the roads. Result: many people abandoned their cars, further blocking major highways and sideroads.  Hundreds of people were snowbound for as much as 10 hours.

Airline travel brings out the worst offenders.  On my flight back from Ft Lauderdale (Rising Stars), my flight was delayed four hours.  When US Air finally found a plane, it was an older model 737 – which had very limited overhead space.  US Air pleaded with passengers to check their bags – and waived the fee for second bags (and should have waived the fee entirely).  But, too many passengers refuse to pay the $25 fee – okay if the principal bag is a 22-inch roll-on.  But, this one nerd – looked a lot like that cue ball who invented Facebook – not only brought two large bags on board which wouldn’t fit – so he held up the line while he removed large clothing items, then shoved both bags and the clothing into one bin.  The woman ahead of me complained to an attendant, but they said they are powerless if the gate agent lets them onboard.  I usually don’t fly US Air and will avoid them in the future.


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