OCTOBER 2 2010 UPDATE
AMERICAN FREEDOM GOLD:
Tess Soefje (2012, Catcher/1st), University of Houston, Conference USA (Div. I)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
13th Annual Team New Jersey Fall College Showcase
October 8, 9, 10 (Fri-Sun) at The Edison Angels Softball Complex
The game schedule is on the web site.
Sun Classic Tournament
November 4-7, 2010
ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex
In Kissimmee, Florida (Disney World)
Information for this event is also on the Team New Jersey web
SPY MAGAZINE QUIZZES
Volume 20 has been published, and we are preparing Volume 21 for publication next week on www.spysoftballthemagazine.com.
We want to feature reader opinions in response to two questions. Please limit your comments to 200 words, and identify yourself as college, travel ball, highschool, player, or parent. Please submit your comments to SPY by October 5. So as to avoid overloading our regular email address, send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Mea culpa. The first posting of this memo used the wrong email address.)
Question 1: Should the NCAA adopt the recommendation of its legislative committee to prohibit verbal commitments before July 1 of a player’s junior-senior summer?
Question 2: Should a minimum of $1 of each player’s annual ASA membership fee be set aside exclusively to sponsor USA national teams?
GW NAMES STACEY SCHRAMM AS HEAD COACH
WASHINGTON, DC - Stacey Schramm has been named head coach of The George Washington University softball team, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Mary Jo Warner has announced. Schramm replaces Kim Staehle, who resigned in August.
Schramm takes over the Colonials’ program after two seasons as head coach at Queens University of Charlotte (NC) where she guided the Royals to a 53-49 (.520) record, back-to-back Conference Carolinas Tournament Championships, and two NCAA Division II Tournament berths.
Prior to Queens University, Schramm spent three seasons at Division II Wheeling Jesuit University (WV). She coached the WJU team to a combined 60-70-2 record over three seasons and a third-place finish in the 2008 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. She has also been an assistant coach at Drexel University (2004-05) and at Bucknell University (2002-04).
Schramm, a 2001 graduate of Monmouth University, was a four-year starter at shortstop for the Hawks. As team captain her junior and senior seasons, she helped the Hawks to three Northeast Conference titles in her four seasons. She still ranks among the top five in MU’s career records with 55 stolen bases and 65 walks, with 20 base-on-balls in 2000.
LOOPER NAMES IOWA ASSISTANTS
“We are very excited to have Adrianna and Stacy here at Iowa,” Looper said. “They both bring passion, excitement and knowledge to their respective coaching positions. Both have a wealth of experience as players and coaches. Adrianna and Stacy each know what it takes to be successful at the Division I level.”
Baggetta comes 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. “I am extremely excited to come to the University of Iowa,” Baggetta said. “I am thankful to Coach Looper and the rest of the Iowa staff for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to working in an athletic department with a rich tradition and an excellent reputation.”
Johnson (formerly Stacy May), was a four-year letterwinner at Iowa from 2003-06 and enjoyed a successful professional career as a member of the Chicago Bandits in the National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) league from 2006-10.
Johnson was a three-time NFCA All-Mideast Region selection as a Hawkeye. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2003 while leading Iowa to a regular season and conference tournament championship. She was also a three-time All-Big Ten pick. Johnson’s name still appears in 11 different offensive school records lists at Iowa. She finished her career with a .338 batting average, 23 home runs and 109 RBI. Johnson started every game in her four years, collecting 247-straight starts. In 780 career at-bats, Johnson tallied 264 hits and 60 walks to just 38 strikeouts.
Johnson exceled off the field as well, earning ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America District 7 honors as a junior and senior. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Johnson was Chicago’s first overall pick (fourth pick, second round) in the 2006 NPF Draft. She retired after a five-year career as one of the most decorated players in NPF history. She was named NPF Rookie of the Year in 2006 and NPF League MVP in 2008 and 2010. She was a three-time NPF All-Star (2006, 2008 and 2010) and helped lead the Bandits to the 2008 NPF team championship. The Bandits retired Johnson’s number in 2010 after she announced her retirement from professional softball.
Johnson earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Iowa in 2007. She went on the University of Louisville where she earned her Masters of Science in Physics in 2009.
Johnson served as a student assistant coach at Iowa in 2007 and a volunteer assistant coach at Louisville from 2008-10.
“I am honored to be back coaching at my alma mater,” Johnson said. “I would like to thank Gary Barta, Paula Jantz and Coach Looper for giving me this great opportunity. I look forward to being back at Pearl Field in one of the best environments in NCAA softball.”
HOUSTON HIRES KRISTIN VESELY AS ASSISTANT COACH
HOUSTON – The University of Houston softball team announced the newest addition to the program as Kristin Vesely was named to the coaching staff on Monday.
Vesely joins the program as an assistant coach focusing primarily on hitting and coaching the outfield after an impressive playing career at the University of Oklahoma.
“Coming from the program that she came from, playing in the College World Series, being a semifinalist for the USA Player of the Year and an All-American, I just think that’s a history and an experience that is needed for this group,” head coach Kyla Holas said. “They need to be around people everyday who’ve played at that level and have done it with that caliber of program to understand that there is another level out there.”
Vesely will have plenty of elite softball experience to share with her new team, as the Phoenix, Ariz., native begins work with the Cougars on Monday. A USA Player of the Year semifinalist during her junior season and a quarterfinalist during her senior campaign, Vesely has a wide selection of success stories to pull from.
The Sooner all-time hits leader (293) started all but four games in the outfield during her freshman year in Norman, Okla., and took off from there. She was named to the All-Big 12 team in each of her four years and an NFCA All-American for her last two seasons.
Her role with the Cougars as the hitting and outfield coach will be backed by her strong resume in both aspects of the game. Vesely held a 73-game errorless streak that stretched from her junior to senior seasons, and the 97 hits she recorded as a junior still stands as the most in a single season by any Big 12 player.
Aside from being one of the most decorated players in Oklahoma’s storied softball program, Vesely competed all four years on the Sooners’ soccer team as well. She helped guide the Sooners to its best start in program history, as they posted an 11-1 record to open her senior season en route to earning a Big 12 Tournament berth.
FATAL SPEED BUMPS
The four streets which bound Kings Manor are actually Fairfax County roads, and allowable speeds of 35 mph contrast with 15 mph limits within the community. Particularly galling are the idiots who live on the high street who race down the hill at 50 mph (on my radar gun). But, the county does not permit speed bumps. Angry residents along Baron however are now questioning some of the tactics we’ve considered. At the other end of the county, a man succeeded after years of trying to persuade the county to put a speed bump on his street – which set off a war of words with a particular drive, which then led to a physical confrontation and a police citation. The angry driver returned to the neighborhood, entered the protester’s home – and killed him.
Reminds of an incident at Fort Myer many years ago. The Old Guard walked the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; less famously, it guarded the Army Chief of Staff, who lived in a big house on a curve. During General Maxwell Taylor’s tenure as chief, a brash young 2nd Lieutenant would round that curve, double clutching his MG. Taylor liked to sit on his veranda after returning from the Pentagon. One day when I was his guard, this Looie took the curve at speed, wheels screaming, motor roaring as he popped the clutch. Taylor walked out, and asked me if I had an automatic weapon in the guardhouse. Affirmative. Shoot the wheels off that MG, was the order. I went down to the BOQ and told a former fraternity brother, who introduced me to the offending (and offensive) Looie, who rather impolitely told me to go to hell. Next day, he sped through the curve again, and Taylor came out, asking why I didn’t fire. I told the general of my conversation with the Looie. Taylor went back to the house, returned 30 minutes later, and told me I did not have to shoot the wheels off the MG, he had just transferred the Looie to Fort Sill.
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JEERS TO THE TV NETWORKS
Stunned to learn that “Covert Action” and “Rizzoli and Ives” were just summer fill-ins. Much better action than many shows in the regular fall line-up. Must admit that the closing scenes in the latter, where Rizzoli shoots the guy holding her by shooting herself was a bit over the top, very reminiscent of Bruce Willis fourth cop caper, and, reminded older viewers of “Dallas” when we had to wait until the following season to find out if JR died and who shot him The CIA-based show also strained credulity with some scenarios but if a viewer didn’t try to relate it to the real CIA, it was packed with crisp dialogue and much better than average acting. (Also ticked that ESPN announced it would air Oklahoma vs Texas at 330 Saturday; instead, viewers were treated to Michigan State vs Wisconsin. The alternatives were also mostly second tier. But, the Sooners beat (outlasted?) Texas and ESPN showed the highlights.
Subject: Advice from Alabama Sheriff’s dept
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 21:19:46 -0400
Thursday morning, “I saw an infant car seat on the side of the road with a blanket draped over it.
I did not stop, even though I had all kinds of thoughts running through my head. But when I got to my destination, I called the PD and they were going to check it out”. This is what I was told:
“Several things to be aware of … gangs and thieves, are now plotting different ways to get a person to “stop” their vehicle. “There is a gang initiation reported by the local police department that gangs are placing a car seat by the road…with a fake baby in it…waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check on the baby. Note that the location of this car seat will usually be beside a wooded or grassy ( field ) area…and the person – woman – will be dragged into the woods- beaten and raped- usually left for dead.
DO NOT STOP. DIAL 9-1-1 AND REPORT WHAT YOU SAW!
”IF YOU ARE DRIVING AT NIGHT AND EGGS ARE THROWN AT YOUR WINDSHIELD. DO NOT TURN ON YOUR WIPERS AND DO NOT SPRAY ANY WATER ON It BECAUSE EGGS MIXED WITH WATER BECOMES MILKY AND YOU’LL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE! YOU ARE THEN FORCED TO STOP BESIDE THE ROAD AND BECOME A VICTIM OF THIEVES. THIS IS A NEW TECHNIQUE USED BY GANGS. PLEASE INFORM YOUR
FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. THESE ARE DESPERATE TIMES AND THESE UNSAVORY INDIVIDUALS WILL TAKE
DESPERATE MEASURES TO GET WHAT THEY WANT.” Please BE SAFE AND NEVER STOP YOUR VEHICLE!
A FABLE WORTH OF AESOP
Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. ‘Whew!’ says the panther, ‘That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!’
Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes.
‘Where’s that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!
Moral of this story…
Don’t mess with the old dogs… Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery!
BS and brilliance only come with age and experience.
POLITICALLY INCORRECT READER HUMOR
|FOOTBALL TRUTHS … (1) What does the average Univ. of Florida player
get on his SATs?
(2) What do you get when you put 32 West Virginia
cheerleaders in one room?
……..A full set of teeth. (3) How do you get a Nebraska cheerleader into your
dorm room?……..Grease her hips and push.
(4) How do you get an Ohio State graduate off your
(5) How do you know if an Auburn football player
(6) Why is the Kentucky football team like a possum? ….Because they play dead at home and get killed on the road.
(7) What are the longest three years of a Texas
(8) How many Oklahoma freshmen does it take to
(9) Where was O. J. Headed in the white
Bronco?……. Durham , North Carolina . He knew that the police would
never look at Duke for a Heisman Trophy winner.
(10) How do you keep an FSU football player out of your front yard?………………..Erect a goal post!
AND FINALLY (drum roll and cymbal clash)…..
(11) Why did Tennessee choose orange as their team
color?………You can wear it to the game on Saturday, hunting on Sunday, and picking up trash along the highways the rest of the week.
(The reader who posted this ditty did not mention Notre Dame which his daughter attended.)