DECEMBER 16 UPDATE
Apologize to readers: a bit behind on spysoftball.com, and the magazine. Fell headfirst down the basement stairs at my daughter’s house. The cold medicine I took on December 7 collided with all my other drugs, causing a sharp spike in my blood pressure and pulse rate. Caught cold in San Diego; resulted in severe sinus infection. Have spent all week with doctors. As the man said, it’s hell getting old.
Class of 2011
Maddie Reese – Arkansas
Mary Beth Dombroski – Syracuse
Amy Bright – Manhattan
Brooke Darling – Columbia
Class of 2012
Taylor Chaffee – Verbal Binghamton University
Lena Springer (P) 2013 verbal UCF (Central Florida)
Brianna Turgeon (2b) 2011 Fordham University
Brittney Cyr (of) 2011 Quinnipiac University
AMERICAN FREEDOM GOLD:
Darian Dunn (2012, 3rd/1st) – Angelo State University
Caitlyn Christopher (2011, Catcher/3rd) – University of Texas – Dallas
Whitney Porter (2011, RHP/1st) – Vernon College
Hannah Holovach (2011, LHP/1st) – Northeast Texas College
Central Connecticut 2010 verbals
Brittany Ernst-NE Phoenix Gold 2012 OF
Evie Rentzel-Newtown Rock Gold 2012 OF
Colorado Quicksilver Signings-Commitments:
Tara Duran, 2011, Upper Iowa University
Noel Hawkey, 2011, Kansas Wesleyan
Emily “EmJ” Jennings, 2011, University Colorado Colorado Springs
Mackenzie “Mack” Miller, 2011, University Louisiana Monroe
Mariah Peterson, 2011, Utah State University
Alexa Snyder, 2011, Colorado State University Pueblo
Kelsey Wager, 2011, Adams State College
Kelli Baker – 2012 – OF/IF – Texas Eclipse Gold, verbal to Texas State University
Xplosion 18A Players
Coaches: Steve Sandberg & Justin Rockey
Alena Murgatroyd signed with the University of Cenral Florida
Adriana Perez signed with Texas Tech University
Ashley Carter signed NLI with Cal State Bakersfield
Mia Vierra signed NLI with Belmont University
Ikea Mauldin signed NLI with Dickinson State
Megan Hutnick signed NLI with Molloy University
Jocelyn Soria made a verbal commitment to play for Cal Lutheran University
Bre Farinas made a verbal commitment to play for Antelope Valley College
Indy Dreams Gold
Alex Kotter-Butler University
New Jersey Gators Gold
2011 Nicole Escobar, 3B, Committed to Bucknell
2012 Allie Bradian, SS, Verballed to Fordham
Leah Mundem, LHP 2012 has committed to UC Davis
Sammi Gyerman, OF, 2012 committed to Southern Miss
Sasha Margulies – 2012 Catcher – Cal Cruisers (Lyn) – verballed on Wednesday,
Dec. 8, with Ball State University
WA Ladyhawks – Miller
2013 Alleyah Armendariz verbal to Oregon State
Reba DePriest 2011 P Corona Angels Gold
Singed NLI with JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
WINTER INDOOR INVITATIONAL
5th Annual 18U
Winter Indoor Invite
Hosted by: The Wichita Mustangs
January 7-9 2011
Wichita Mustangs Gold KC Zephyrs
Oklahoma Athletics Texas Impact Premier
KC Peppers Gold Texas Impact Gold
Co. Quicksilver Wichita Mustangs 16U
Fri – Jan. 7
1. 8:00 pm – Mustangs 16U vs. Oklahoma Athletics
2. 9:20 pm – Mustangs 16U vs. KC Zephyrs
SAT – Jan 8
3. 8:00 am – Oklahoma Athletics vs. Colorado Quicksilver
4. 9:20 am – Oklahoma Athletics vs. Texas Impact Gold
5. 10:40 am – KC Zephyrs vs. Colorado Quicksilver
6. 12:00 pm – Mustangs 18U vs. Texas Impact Premier
7. 1:20 pm – Kc Peppers Gold vs. Texas Impact Premier
8. 2:40 pm – Mustangs 16U vs. Texas Impact Gold
9. 4:00 pm – Mustangs 18U vs. KC Zephyrs
10. 5:20 pm – Mustangs 18U vs. Colorado Quicksilver
11. 6:40 pm – KC Peppers vs. Oklahoma Athletics
12. 8:00 pm – Texas Impact Premier vs. KC Zephyrs
13. 9:20 pm – Texas Impact Gold vs. KC Peppers
SUN – Jan 9
14. 8:00 am – Oklahoma Athletics vs. Texas Impact Premier
15. 9:20 am – KC Zephyrs vs. Texas Impact Gold
16. 10:40 am – Mustangs 16U vs. Texas Impact Premier
17. 12:00 pm – Mustangs 18U vs. Texas Impact Gold
18. 1:20 pm – Colorado Quicksilver vs. Mustangs 16U
19. 2:40 pm – Colorado Quicksilver vs. KC Peppers Gold
20. 4:00 pm – Mustangs 18U vs. KC Peppers Gold
USA NATIONAL TEAMS
The USA Women’s National Team and Junior National Team will be compete at the Baysox Stadium in Prince George’s County, MD, on July 1, 2011. The Women’s team will be playing a double header on their way to the World Cup Tournament. Tickets will be available in February. firstname.lastname@example.org
UT MARTIN STILL NEEDS A PITCHER – NOW
Donley Canary <email@example.com>
Subject: UT Martin seeks Mid-year Transfer
The University of Tennessee at Martin, a Division I school and two-time
defending champion of the Ohio Valley Conference, is searching for a transfer
pitcher at semester break to enter our program. Pitcher must be a difference
maker and ready to pitch at the Division I level immediately. Full scholarship
availbable to the successful candidate. If interested or you know a possible
candidate, please contact Coach Canary at firstname.lastname@example.org or the UT Martin
Softball Office 731-881-7162.
NFCA HALL OF FAME
Bellotto, Fischer, Revelle Inducted Into NFCA Hall of Fame; Pallozzi, Weekly Announced For 2011
December 10, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Florida Southern head coach Chris Bellotto, Illinois State head coach Melinda Fischer and Nebraska head coach Rhonda Revelle all became members of one of the most elite groups in all of softball on Friday night at the 2010 NFCA Convention in San Diego, Calif., the NFCA Hall of Fame.
With 1042 career wins, Bellotto is the 13th winningest coach in all of NCAA softball and the fourth winningest coach in Division II history. In her time at Florida Southern, Bellotto has helped lead the Moccasins to 24 conference championships, eight regional crowns and the 1993 national championship. Under her leadership, Florida Southern has also made 19 NCAA appearances, the third most in Division II and has played in over 100 NCAA post-season contests.
With 839 career victories, Fischer is one of the most successful coaches in the NCAA and the winningest coach in the histories of both the Illinois State athletic department and Missouri Valley Conference softball. For her achievements on the field, Fischer has been named six times as the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year and has earned the NFCA’s Regional Coach or Coaching Staff of the Year award on two separate occasions. She is also a two-time inductee into the Illinois State Athletics Hall of Fame, as both a player and a coach.
During her tenure Revelle has won 680 games at Nebraska, making her the winningest and longest serving coach in the history of Nebraska athletics. Since becoming the Husker head coach, Revelle has led the program to 16 consecutive winning seasons, 15 NCAA tournament appearances, 12 Top 25 national finishes, six Big XII titles, three 50+ win seasons and two Women’s College World Series appearances.
After the banquet, NFCA First Vice President and chairperson of the Hall of Fame committee Kathryn Gleason named the two members of 2011 NFCA Hall of Fame class. Ithaca head coach Deb Pallozzi and Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly will join 49 other members next year when they are inducted into NFCA Hall of Fame at the 2011 NFCA Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.
Since becoming head coach at Ithaca in 1989, Pallozzi has turned the Bombers into a perennial national power. In 22 seasons at Ithaca, Pallozzi has won 622 games, including the 2002 season in which they went 37-13 and claimed the Division III National Championship.
With a career that has spanned three decades and three time zones, success has always been a constant for Weekly. He has won over 950 games, made four trips to the NCAA Division I College World Series at Tennessee and won two NAIA national titles with Pacific Lutheran.
BIG TEN DIVISIONS NAMED
The Legends and Leaders Divisions.
Those are the names for the Big Ten Conference’s divisions, announced Monday by commissioner Jim Delany.
Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin will make up the Leaders Division. Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern will make up the Legends Division.
The division names were needed when the Big Ten added Nebraska as its 12th member for the 2011-12 season. The inaugural Big Ten football championship will be held Dec. 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Delany said the names were chosen by looking “to our history and look to our future,” Delany said. “There was no way we could put geographic names on these.”
HOW DO YOU KNOW
Several Olympic and USA softball athletes got to ‘walk the red carpet’ in Los Angeles on Monday night of this week at the movie premier for “How Do You Know.” In the film the character played by actress Reese Witherspoon was a national team player for the Americans in softball.
YOUTH WORLD CUP
Two weeks from today the Easton Foundation Youth World Cup (16-and-under girls’ fastpitch) gets underway at the ISF’s world headquarters complex in Plant City, Florida. The final list of entries sees 23 teams from eight countries scheduled to compete, including: the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Korea (South), the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, and USA. The tournament runs through and including January 5 and an ISF umpire certification seminar will run in conjunction with the event.
Bandits secure USSSA bids for Rosemont tournaments
| ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits announced a partnership today with the United States Sports Specialty Association (USSSA) to grant berths to teams playing in the Rumble in Rosemont tournaments. The youth tournaments will serve as qualifiers for the USSSA National World Series held at the Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.
“This is a huge addition for our inaugural tournaments at the new stadium,” said Bandits General Manager Aaron Moore. “We started the tournaments with the hope of making each one a fun event for the teams involved. Having a bid to the USSSA World Series just adds to the quality and authenticity of the tournaments.”
The winners of each 12U and 14U tournaments will earn a bid to the USSSA National World Series July 23 thru 30. The winners of the first 16U and first 18U tournament will earn a bid to the USSSA World Series July 16 thru 23.
The Rumble in Rosemont tournaments at the new home of the Chicago Bandits will take place June 4-5 (12U), June 11-12 (14U), June 18-19 (16U), June 25-26 (18U), July 2-3 (12U), July 9-10 (14U), July 16-17 (16U), July 23-24 (18U). The first six tournaments will serve as qualifiers for the USSSA National World Series.For more information about the Rumble in Rosemont Tournaments, download the registration form here. For more information about Chicago Bandits, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call 877-722-6348.