November 9 2011
This date is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, when Nazis destroyed windows in Jewish-owned shops and Synagogues throughout German. November 9 is also the anniversary of the day Berliners tore down the Berlin Wall, and began the process of reuniting Germany. And November 9 is a day of remembrance, honoring all those Jews, Gypsies, Poles and others who died in Auschwitz.
A personal recollection of Auschwitz is published on www.spysoftball.org.
Have not yet decided how much I can say about various trips to Berlin.
SUN CLASSIC VIDEOS
Lady Hustle 18 Gold
Kayla Bufardeci San Diego St.-signed 11-9-11
Lisa Rodrigues-University of New Mexico-signed 11-9-11
Sadie Oliver-Grey-committed to University of Chicago
Gasso Announces 2011 Signing Class of Seven Oklahomans
NORMAN, Okla. — Fresh off the program’s sixth Women’s College World Series appearance, Oklahoma softball head coach Patty Gasso announced the signing of seven student-athletes, all from Oklahoma, to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Taylor Dewbery (McAlester, Okla.), Whitney Ellis (Yukon HS/Yukon, Okla.), Erin Miller (Jenks HS/Tulsa, Okla.), Leslie Miller (Blanchard HS/Blanchard, Okla.), Kady Self (North HS/Edmond, Okla.), Jules Townsend (Holland Hall HS/Tulsa, Okla.) and Paris Townsend (Holland Hall HS/Tulsa, Okla.) will all join the Oklahoma softball program beginning with the 2012-13 season.
“I call them the ‘Dream Team’ because I’ve never had an entire recruiting class that is all from Oklahoma and the last time I had a team with a lot of Oklahomans on it, we won a national championship,” said Gasso. “I’m excited to bring them all in. They’ve all played with each other or against each other. They all know each other. They’ve all won championships in one way or another so they know how to win. They are all extremely athletic and very strong.”
Five of the seven athletes, Dewbery, Ellis, Erin Miller, Leslie Miller and Self, all played their high school softball in the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) as all five have earned Oklahoma All-State honors in their careers with a combined four state titles. The two who did not, Jules and Paris Townsend, played at Holland Hall where Jules was a three-time Southwest Prepatory Conference Most Valuable Player and Paris was a two-time SPC Offensive Player of the Year.
The group encompasses several positions and provides Gasso with both pitching prowess and a number of powerful bats. Dewbery, Leslie Miller and Jules Townsend all have experience in the circle while Ellis is considered one of the best catchers in the nation. Erin Miller and Self both have the athleticism to cover the outfield while Paris Townsend is an athlete who has covered catcher, shortstop and the outfield for high school and summer clubs.
“We looked all over the country for the best pitchers, the best catchers, the best leadoff hitters and the best strength and athleticism and it all kept falling back on this group of seven athletes. I looked everywhere and these Oklahoma kids kept showing their skills so well and I kept seeing the potential they could have with us.”
The group is familiar with each other having faced each other in high school and summer action. Four the signees, Dewbery, Erin Miller and the Townsends, played together on the Oklahoma Diamond Girls summer team while Leslie Miller and Self played together on the Oklahoma Force.
Virginia Tech Signs Two Pitchers
BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech head softball coach Scot Thomas announced Wednesday the signing of two standout pitchers from Virginia to National Letters of Intent, who will enroll at Tech in Fall of 2012 and begin playing in the Spring of 2013.
Kelly Heinz and Maggie Tyler are both highly decorated recruits who will make immediate impacts in the circle for the Hokies. Heinz, the 2011 Gatorade State Player of the Year, hails from Mechanicsville and Tyler, an all-state pitcher, lives in Poquoson.
“This is a small, but talented, signing class that’s comprised of easily two of the top pitchers in the state, so we are very excited about Kelly and Maggie,” Thomas said. “Both have tremendous character and come from great families. Maggie has great size and throws a very heavy ball and I think she will really complement the rest of the pitching staff well. Kelly is a hard-throwing gunslinger who has all the tools to become one of the great ones and she will also be a force as a hitter at the plate.”
18 Named to First-Ever Top Recruit All-Tournament Team
11/02/11 – NFCA Release
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Eighteen athletes that competed in first ever NFCA Top Recruit Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., on Oct. 14-16 have been named to the All-Tournament team.
Bracket winners were given two selections each, while bracket runners-up each had one honoree. Holly McKinnon and Stephanie Hartness made the team for the overall 18U champions, Team North Florida-Fagan, while Jamie Ujvari and Jaime Phillips were the honorees for the 16U winners, High Intensity. The full list of honorees is available below.
The NFCA will hold its next Top Recruit tournament during the summer of 2012 in Round Rock, Texas from July 20-22.
2011 NFCA TOP RECRUIT ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Holly McKinnon – Team North Florida-Fagan
Stephanie Hartness – Team North Florida-Fagan
Brianna Lohmann – Lady Gators-Flannery
Cristina Sacramento – West Pine Diamond Dusters-Schmalz
Kristen Franson – West Pine Diamond Dusters-Schmalz
Cheyanna Watkins – Ultimate Gold
Rebeka Rodgers – Select-Ritter
Victoria Daddis – Select-Ritter
Rebecca Shipper – Wagner’s Kiple
Bre Malone – South Florida Mini Bulls-Black
Erika Shick – South Florida Mini Bulls-Black
Nicole McHenry – Lightspeed Gold
Jamie Ujvari – High Intensity 16U
Jaime Phillips – High Intensity 16U
Caitilin Charlton – Miami Stingrays 16U
Kalen (Jo Jo) McGill – Team North Florida-Whitt
Maddie Marotti – Team North Florida-Whitt
Megan Lane – USA Patriots Gold
Kelsey Zimmerman – Tampa Mustangs-Ehlers
Aubrey Ehlers – Tampa Mustangs-Ehlers
Sydney Pollock – Wildfire Elite-Pollock
|Olympian Hogshead-Makar to Keynote 2011 NFCA Convention|
|11/08/11 – NFCA Release|
|STARKVILLE, Miss. – Four-time Olympic medalist in swimming, Title IX advocate and current senior director of Advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation Nancy Hogshead-Makar will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2011 NFCA Convention at Bally’s in Las Vegas on Nov. 30, the Association announced on Tuesday|
Best of the Best
Bill Plummer, long-time manager of the ASA Hall of Fame Museum, has a new book coming
out in December: Best of the Best-Women’s Fast Pitch Softball. It profiles 19 players/coaches including Jennie Finch, Dot Richardson, Carol Spanks, Debbie Doom, Cindy Bristow, Ralph Raymond, Stacey Nuveman, Joan Joyce, Margie Wright, Natasha Watley, Monica Abbott, Cat Osterman, Shawn Andaya, Sue Enquist, Sharron Backus, Michele Smith, Lisa Fernandez, Mike Candrea, and Judi Garman. Book will sell for $16.95. Bill will have a website up soon where book can be purchased. He co-authored the book with Dr. Steve Clarfield, who I helped with the book on Ty Stofflet. <BPlummer1@cox.net>
Huffington Post report: We’ve been tracking the ongoing saga of John Lennon’s gnarly tooth since his housekeeper’s daughter put it up for auction last month. So here’s the stirring conclusion. The tooth sold to a Canadian dentist for £19,000 ($31,200) yesterday, just above the price for a low-level BMW. Not too shabby for a tooth that’s too fragile to definitely document as John Lennon’s! You know what the auctioneers say: there’s a tooth-owner born every day…