9-28-2011 September 28 Update

September 28 2011 Update



Ashley McDowell – 2012 – 1B – Texas Glory Poole – Lamar University

Micheala Taylor 2012 MINF- Demarini Zephyrs Gold Idaho State University

Shannon Smith  2013, RI Thunder, to university of Kentucky

Nicole Lundstrom 2013, RI Thunder, to Syracuse University 


NFCA Announces 2011 Top Ten All-Academic Teams
September 28, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Division III Northwestern (Minn.) tallied a 3.694 team grade point average (GPA) during the 2010-2011 academic year to lead all colleges in the 2011 NFCA Top 10 All-Academic team rankings. This marks the first time in program history that the Eagles have led either the Division III or all-college rankings.

The NFCA Academic Awards program honors both collegiate and high school teams for their submitted GPAs for the 2010-2011 academic year.  As a second component of the program, all submitted student-athletes who achieved a 3.50 GPA during last academic year are named as a NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete.  The individual honorees will be announced on Wednesday, October 5 on NFCA.org.

Leading the way in the NAIA this year was Central Methodist who turned in a 3.627 GPA, while Tennessee Tech led Division I with a 3.619.  Illinois Central unseated the two-time, defending junior college winner Wallace St.-Hanceville with a 3.540 and Division II Central Missouri rounded out the collegiate divisional winners with a 3.533.

In the high school categories, Cambridge Christian School (Fla.) took top honors amongst teams with weighted GPAs with a 4.297, while Our Lady of Mercy HS (N.Y.) was the leader amongst non-weighted schools with a perfect 4.000 GPA.

Below are listed the top ten teams in each of the seven categories (NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; all junior college divisions; weighted high schools and non-weighted high schools).  For a complete listing of all team GPAs, go to http://www.nfca.org/pagebank/?id=1916.

NCAA Division I
1. Tennessee Technological University – 3.619, 2. Southern Illinois University – 3.611, 3. Robert Morris University – 3.553, 4. Houston Baptist University – 3.551, 5. Bowling Green State University – 3.534, 6. Youngstown State University – 3.523, 7. Troy University – 3.512, 8. University of Alabama – 3.510, 9. East Tennessee State University – 3.495, 10 (tie). Eastern Michigan University – 3.477, 10 (tie). Stetson University – 3.477.

NCAA Division II
1. University of Central Missouri – 3.533, 2. Lynn University – 3.526, 3. Texas Woman’s University – 3.502, 4. University of Arkansas at Monticello – 3.487, 5. University of Findlay – 3.460, 6. Mansfield University – 3.450, 7. Chowan University – 3.435, 8. Grand Canyon University 3.430, 9. Rollins College – 3.426, 10. Limestone College – 3.421.

NCAA Division III
1. Northwestern College – 3.694, 2. Spalding University – 3.650, 3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 3.600, 4. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges – 3.578, 5. Suffolk University – 3.558, 6. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges – 3.512, 7. Thiel College – 3.490, 8. Skidmore College – 3.487, 9. Emerson College – 3.480, 10. Lebanon Valley College – 3.479.

1. Central Methodist University – 3.627, 2. William Carey University – 3.559, 3. McKendree University – 3.520, 4. Lindenwood University – 3.518, 5. St. Xavier University – 3.496, 6. Bethel University (Tenn.) – 3.490, 7. Concordia University (Neb.) – 3.484, 8. Columbia College (Mo.) – 3.480, 9. Southern Nazarene University – 3.471, 10. Mount Marty College – 3.445.

Junior College
1. Illinois Central College – 3.540, 2. Wallace State Community College, Hanceville – 3.485, 3. Iowa Western Community College – 3.408, 4. Salt Lake Community College – 3.404, 5. East Mississippi Community College – 3.393, 6. Hinds Community College – 3.379, 7. Labette Community College – 3.352, 8. Holmes Community College – 3.338, 9. College of Southern Idaho – 3.282, 10. Indian Hills Community College – 3.280.

High School (Weighted)
1. Cambridge Christian School (Fla.) – 4.297, 2. Holy Hill Academy (S.C.) – 4.130, 3. Blair Academy (N.J.) – 4.100, 4. Elysian Fields High School (Texas) – 4.070, 5. Blythewood High School – (S.C.) – 4.069, 6. Blue Valley North High School – 4.040, 7. Washburn Rural High School (Kan.) – 4.031, 8. West Chester East High School (Pa.) – 3.995, 9. Flagler Palm Coast High School (Fla.) – 3.938, 10. G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School (Fla.) – 3.931.

 High School (Non-Weighted)
1. Our Lady of Mercy High School (N.Y.) – 4.000, 2. West Delaware County High School (Iowa) 3.885, 3. Del Norte High School (Calif.) – 3.860, 4. Lincoln Southwest High School (Neb). – 3.801. 5 (Tie). Arlington High School (Neb.) – 3.800, 5 (Tie). Olathe North High School (Kan.) – 3.800, 7. Allen County-Scottsville High School (Ky.) – 3.791, 8. Cedarburg High School (Wis.) – 3.786, 9. Sioux East High School (Iowa) – 3.753, 10. Lubbock Monterey High School (Texas) – 3.730



Delegates From Close to 80 Countries Expected at Meetings Next Month

PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) — One month from today the members of the Board of Directors will arrive in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA), in the lead-in to the International Softball Federation XXV Congress.  The next day, October 27, will bring delegates from around the world to America’s mid-west as the world governing body convenes its biennial gathering.

“I think it shows the level of commitment of our members and the continued passion for our sport around the world,” ISF President Don Porter said of the projected turnout of close to 80 countries.  “This is nothing new, however,” he continued.  “Four years ago in the Philippines we had 77 countries represented, and two years ago in Venezuela we had another good turnout.  I’m pleased that the trend will continue next month in Oklahoma City.”

The Congress runs through and including October 30th and will take place at the Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel.

The site of the 2013 Congress will be just one of a number of agenda items, as will the awarding of host cities for future ISF championships.  A discussion on possible changes to competition format (meaning, qualification tournaments) is also expected.  There will also be numerous commission meetings, including, but not limited to, the Athletes Commission, the Women in Sport Commission, and the Hall of Fame Commission, which will consider the latest crop of candidates that have been nominated.

The Olympic Legacy Committee will lead a forum on the process that softball will follow relative to the sport having been on the shortlist announced by the International Olympic Committee in July.  A total of eight sports will vie for the one spot on the 2020 Summer Games programme that will be voted on in September 2013.

Mr. Porter indicated that the ISF is finalizing details regarding special invitees for next month’s Congress.  This year’s edition will also include an exhibitors area.

 BigLeadSports Q and A with retired Bandit Jennie Finch

 photo by Dina Kwit

Satchel Paige used to say about his fellow Negro Leagues player, “Cool Papa” Bell, “He was so fast, he could turn out the light and jump in bed before it got dark.” The same could be said about Jennie Finch, arguably the greatest female softball player the sport has ever seen.

At the University of Arizona, she was a three-time All-American pitcher and first baseman. As the leading pitcher on the USA Softball Women’s National Team, she won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and a silver at Beijing in 2008. Softball and baseball have been dropped as Olympic sports by the International Olympic Committee beginning with the 2012 Games in London, but Fitch is an ardent supporter for their reinstatement for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.Read the rest of this article and the Q&A at: BigLeadSports

From 2005-2010, Finch pitched for the Chicago Bandits of the . . .

Read the complete article from BigLeadSports here

A Variation on Recruiting Pitchers


Hope your fall is going well. Ours has gotten off to a slow start but with 9 freshman, well what do you expect right ? I would hope that at some point we could help you with a player or two to fill your needs. We do have some players that are being recruited by SEC, ACC and other schools. Feel free to contact me at anytime.

On a different tangent I am kind of turning the recruiting process around here. If you have a pitcher that needs innings but will not break your line-up let us know we have only one pitcher at this point. We have a full ride for that player so money will not be an issue for them. If you would like for them to return to you after their semester here that is not a problem. The only situation for them is if they want to go to another school then they have to graduate. I realize pitchers are in short supply  and everyone needs as many as they can get but to help your program maybe that kid that is not throwing in games would benefit from throwing innings in one of the best conferences in the country. Thanks for your time and sorry this is such a formal typed letter but as old as I am just getting one letter out is an accomplishment! J

Jack Byerley

Head Softball Coach

Northwest Florida State College

Office- 850-729-5262

Cell- 334-740-7588

Fax- 850-729-5243




One thought on “9-28-2011 September 28 Update

  1. W.T. Hamilton

    Extremely opinionated statements usually don’t appear here, but, concerning Jenny Finch “arguably the greatest female softball player the sport has ever seen.”As the leading pitcher on the U.S.A. Sotball Women’s National Team…” are so inaccurate as to be laughable. Jennie is a fine person, very good softball player and a great ambassador for the sport, but by any objective standard she was not even in the same league with Lisa Fernandez either as a pitcher or as a position player and she was at best the number three pitcher on the two Olympic teams. In fact, there were at least two better right handers who should have made over her on both the 2004 and 2008 teams.

    Oh, have you ever heard of Joan Joyce. She was even better than Fernandez as anyone who truly knows the game can tell you.

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