10-4-10 October 4 Update





Monarch’s Jones Named As Inaugural NFCA High School Player of the Week
October 4, 2010

 STARKVILLE, Miss. – Junior first baseman Mikka Jones of Monarch High School in Louisville, Colo., has been named as the first-ever NFCA High School Player of the Week for games played between Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, 2010, the Association announced on Monday.

Jones went 8-for-10 over three games for the Coyotes with 11 RBIs, four doubles, four triples and four runs, as she helped pace her team to a 2-1 week.  She ended the week with a .800 batting average, a 0.818 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of 2.000.

For the season, Jones is hitting .574 with 22 RBIs, 11 extra base hits and 13 walks for an on-base percentage of .672 and a slugging percentage of 0.894.

The NFCA High School Player of the Week award will be given out each week during the fall to the top player nationally from schools that are playing in their regular season of competition. During the spring, the NFCA will present the award to the top player in each of its five regions on a weekly basis. 

MaxPreps.com, the official high school statistical provider of the NFCA, provides all statistics for the NFCA High School Player of the Week award.

To nominate a player for the award, the coach must enter his or her athlete’s game stats into MaxPreps.com by Sunday evening to be eligible for that week’s award. The NFCA High School Player of the Week will be announced by the Association on www.nfca.org every Monday during the fall and spring seasons.

MaxPreps is a free stat tool that is available to high school coaches across the country and is one of the most recognized and respected high school athletics web sites on the internet. Coaches that enter their team’s stats on Max Preps will not only be nominating their players for this award, but they will be getting their team’s information out to thousands of high school sports fans, as well as college coaches across the country.

To obtain a coach’s login, please contact: coachsupport@maxpreps.com or call (800) 329-7324 x1. To enter a team’s stats on the MaxPreps website, please click here.

For any questions regarding the award and the nominating process or for more information, please contact Michelle LaBella at (662) 320-2155 or michelle@nfca.org.

Other Top Performances

Andrea Studer of Reeds Spring HS (MO) picked up all six wins for the Wolves last week while allowing no earned runs and striking out 40… Brighton HS’s (CO) Alex Moore led her team to two wins by hitting .833 on the week… Emily Anderson of LaGrange HS (GA) struck out 25 over two wins while garnering her 200th strikeout of the season and a no-hitter vs. Troup County HS….

2010 NFCA High School National Player of the Week – Fall

Oct. 4 – Mikka Jones – Monarch HS – 1B – Louisville, Colo.

Softball Announces Leadership Council and Fall Schedule
BATON ROUGE –Jessica Mouse, Anissa Young, Rachele Fico and Alex Boulet were selected to the newly formed LSU Softball Leadership Council Monday as announced by head coach Yvette Girouard. The four players on the council represent each class and the council’s formation is based on the principle of personal and team accountability. It’s a self-governing mechanism that serves as an aid to assist the coaching staff on decisions that affect the team. The council members will strive to take a proactive approach to all team issues and serve as constant reminders of LSU softball’s central mission: preparation, sacrifice and effort. Council members also will provide valuable feedback to the coaching staff and contribute significantly to team building concepts.

 Former Sooner Carey Inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
All-American first softball player to earn honor       

 TOPEKA, Kan. – Former University of Oklahoma softball All-American Lisa Carey was one of 11 inductees into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame this past weekend. Carey is the first softball player to be inducted in the Hall of Fame and joined Olympians Tara Nott Cunningham and Anna Seaton Huntington and volleyball coach Joan Wells as the female inductees in the class of 2010. “I am honored to be a part of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame,” Carey said. “It’s especially exciting to be the first softball player inducted. It was a very special day for me and my family.”  Carey was a three-time all-American at Oklahoma, earning first team honors in 2000. She earned all-region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association three and led Oklahoma to its first national championship in 2000. The four-time All-Big 12 honoree was named to the Women’s College World Series tournament team that same season and was also the Big 12 Player of the Year in 2000.  “Lisa Carey is without question one of the best athletes to ever wear a Sooner softball uniform,” said OU head coach Patty Gasso. “She was a fierce competitor who loved to win and backed it up with a great work ethic. “While she received numerous individual honors at OU, I know the honor she cherishes the most is being called a national champion. She has paved the way for future Sooner softball athletes who try to live up to that standard every year.”

Carey has been the head softball coach at Washburn University in Topeka since 2002. With a record of 213-165, she is the all-time winningest coach at the university and the Lady Blues have made three NCAA Division II tournament appearances under Carey.

Texas Storm athletes have made the following committments:
Michaela and Vicky Granchelli to Houston Baptist University.
Gracey Aguirre to Lipscomb University.
Kelsey Allender to Creighton University.


Tori Finucane (2013, Pitcher), University of Missouri, Big 12 (Div. 1)

Midland Magic Commitments

2012 Molly Cull IF/OF to Illinois State

2013 Grace Moll / Pitcher to Arkansas

NFCA press release

Reigning Champs Lead Field for 2011 NFCA Junior College Leadoff Classic
September 21, 2010

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The 2010 NJCAA Divisions I and II champions, Miami Dade College and Muskegon Community College, will lead the 24-team field for the 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Junior College Leadoff Classic at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Fla., March 4-6.

This year’s field includes 16 NJCAA Division I teams and eight NJCAA Division II teams, 14 of which participated in their respective division’s national tournament during the 2010 season.  Each participant was selected on the basis of it cumulative achievements over the past three seasons and each has made at least one trip to its respective national tournament during that time frame. 

In addition to last year’s champions, this year’s field will also feature Chiploa College and Wallace State Community College-Hanceville, the respective 2007 and 2008 NJCAA Division I National Champions.  Wallace State looks to be the team to beat in this year’s field, as they not only won the 2008 national title but also finished second in each of the past two national tournaments.  Along with Division II Johnson County Community College, Wallace State is just one of two teams in this year’s field to have made the national tournament field in each of the last three seasons.

Also in the field, will be 2010 Division I regional winners Georgia Perimeter College, Odessa College, Indian Hills Community College, Chattanooga State Community College, Temple College, and Blinn College.  Joining the six Division I national tournament participants will be three additional regional winners from the Division II tournament: Parkland College, Iowa Lakes Community College, and Mercyhurst North East

In total, 12 states will be represented in this year’s tournament with host state Florida sending the largest delegation at six and the Lone Star State of Texas following with four.  Rounding out the field this year are Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville, Chesapeake College, San Jacinto College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Santa Fe College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Wabash Valley College, Tallahassee Community College, Gulf Coast Community College and Iowa Western College,

This year’s classic will be divided into distinct portions; pool play and bracket play, with each team guaranteed a minimum of five games.  Each team will begin the tournament by playing each of the other three schools in their pool.  Once pool play is completed, the teams will be divided into three brackets of eight teams each.  The six pool winners and top two second-place teams will form the Gold Championship Bracket, with remaining four second place teams and four at-large teams comprising the Silver Championship Bracket.  The final eight teams will be assigned to the Bronze Championship Bracket.

Single day tickets will be $8 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for youth groups of 10 or more.  Full tournament passes will also be available for $20 for adults and $15 for students.  All tickets can be purchased at the gate on game days. 

For more information on Panama City Beach and accommodations in the area, please visit the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.


2010 USA/ASA Softball Coaching School

November 19, 20 and 21, 2010


Maryland –DC ASA and 5-Star Athletics

To receive the flyer, Contact Jack Hutcherson at jocommish@mddcasa.org

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Spy edited this ditty to eliminate partisan digs

Indian Wanting Coffee:

An Indian walks into  a cafe with a shotgun
In one hand  pulling a male buffalo with the  other.
He says to the  waiter: “Want  coffee.”
The waiter says, “Sure,  Chief. Coming right up.”

He gets  the Indian a tall mug of  coffee…..
The Indian drinks the  coffee down in one gulp,
Turns and  blasts the buffalo with the  shotgun,
Causing parts of the animal to  splatter everywhere and then just walks  out.

The next morning the Indian  returns.
He has his shotgun in one  hand, pulling
Another male buffalo with  the other.
He walks up to the counter and says to The  waiter:  “Want  coffee.The waiter says, “Whoa,  Tonto! We’re still cleaning  up your mess from yesterday.
What was all that about, anyway?”

The Indian smiles  and proudly says,
“Training for  position in United States  Congress:
Come in, drink coffee, shoot  the bull,
Leave mess for others to  clean up,
Disappear for rest of  day.”

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