9-14-10 September 14 2010 Update



Over the years of reporting on softball players, from highschool through college and beyond, images form in the kaleidoscope of the mind, and the mention of a name brings up a memory of the last time you watched a girl play, or talked to you.

Then you receive an email, the photo fades to black as you learn she was cruelly murdered.

I remember Nicole pitching at a Team New Jersey tournament, ebullient as always, and, after the game, talking excitedly to her Mother and me about the scholarship she had won to Fordham.  Although she was named rookie of the year at Fordham, she didn’t stay.

And, now she’s gone.

The following story appeared today in the Gloucester County Times.

 A Deptford Township woman was found dead of multiple stab wounds in a soccer field in Burlington County Monday morning.

Nicole Ayres, 22, a Deptford High School athlete, was named softball Rookie of the Year during her freshman year at Fordham University in New York.

Her body was found in a wooded area at a Southampton Township soccer field where Buddtown Road meets Route 206 by municipal employees.

Police report that a suspect has been apprehended and will be charged later today. A press briefing has been scheduled for 1 p.m. by the New Jersey State Police Major Crimes Unit, which is investigating the murder.

Ayres was enrolled as a sociology major for the fall semester at Rutgers-Camden, according to a university spokesman.


Lauren Gambone – 2012 – 3B/1B – Ohio Lasers ’94 – Morehead State University

Jenna Holland – GA Knockouts Gold / Mill Creek High School – 2012 – UT – Morehead State University

Courtney Paone (2011 OF/P) of East Coast Elite Gold has verballed to UMBC.


  Dates – October 9th & 10th

·         Place – Imperial Park, Sugar Land, TX (Sugar Land Girls Softball Association)

·         Fee – $100 made payable to ‘SLGSA’

·         Umpires – Free (3 per field)

·         Game Times – 1 hr 45 min (Finish batter)

·         Game Balls – Bring your own

·         Game Rules – Free Substitution; Home team determined by coin flip at plate

·         Rainout # – (281) 494-1085

·         Radar –  Sugar Land Weather Radar

·         Hotel – See below

Hilton Garden Inn
722 Bonaventure Way
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 491-7777


(Sorry folks; the event was Monday; we received the notice Tuesday)

WASHINGTON—On Monday, September 13, President Obama will continue a tradition started by President George W. Bush by honoring championship teams and student athletes from across the NCAA with a reception at the White House.  The President will welcome student athletes from dozens of schools and various sports to congratulate them on their accomplishments in the classroom as well as on and off the playing field.  In association with this event, various championship teams and players will be recognized for their efforts to give back to their communities, continuing an effort begun by President Obama of sports champions being commended for service as part of a White House visit.  More details, including press access information, will be released in the coming weeks.

Media logistics for planning purposes only. Please note times are EDT and are subject to change.

Monday, September 13, 2010

President Obama Delivers Remarks to NCAA Champion Student Athletes
5:45 p.m.

(Pre-Set 3:00 p.m., Final Gather 5:25 p.m. at the North Doors of the Palm Room.  Media should enter the complex through the North West Gate on Pennsylvania Ave at Jackson Place)

Media RSVP: Media who wish to cover the President’s remarks to the NCAA champion student athletes should RSVP with their full name, date of birth, social security number and country of citizenship to media_affairs@who.eop.gov by 12:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 10.  Please note that NO RSVPs can be accepted after this time.  Also note that space is extremely limited and not all requests for credentials can be accommodated.  Further details on logistics and timing will be released to credentialed media in the coming days. 

Some of the schools and teams invited to attend the September 13 event include:
Augusta State University Men’s Golf
Boston College Men’s Ice Hockey
Duke University Men’s Lacrosse
Fairleigh Dickinson University Women’s Bowling
Oklahoma State University Men’s Cross Country
Pennsylvania State University Women’s Volleyball
Pennsylvania State University Men’s & Women’s Fencing
Stanford University Men’s Volleyball
Stanford University Women’s Tennis
Texas A&M University, College Station Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Texas Christian University Men’s & Women’s Rifle
University of Denver Men’s & Women’s Skiing
University of Florida Men’s Indoor Track and Field
University of Florida Women’s Swimming and Diving
University of Illinois Wheel Chair Basketball
University of Iowa Wrestling
University of Maryland, College Park Women’s Lacrosse
University of Michigan Men’s Gymnastics
University of Minnesota Duluth Women’s Ice Hockey
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Field Hockey
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Women’s Soccer
University of Oregon Women’s Indoor Track and Field
University of South Carolina Baseball
University of Southern California Men’s Tennis
University of Southern California Men’s Water Polo
University of Southern California Women’s Water Polo
University of Texas at Austin Men’s Swimming and Diving
University of Virginia Men’s Soccer
University of Virginia Women’s Rowing
Villanova University Women’s Cross Country
Villanova University Football

University of California Los Angeles Softball

University of California Los Angeles Women’s Gymnastics


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