9-30-10 September 30 2010 Update

September 30 2010



Missy Taukeiaho – 2012 – Worth Firecrackers – Washington
Tina Iosefa – 2012 – Worth Firecrackers – Georgia
Casey Africano – 2012 – Firecrackers North – Notre Dame
Kelsey Roth – 2011 – Choppers – Missouri
Jacqueline McGill – 2011 – Southern Force – Western Kentucky

Alexis Borden – 2011 – Explosion – Penn

Ally Hecht – 2011 – Explosion – Northern Illinois

Tracy Chandless – 2012 – Explosion – North Carolina

Aubrie May – 2012 – Explosion – Northwestern

Rhode Island Thunder Gold

Olivia Godin 2012 Catcher verbal to University of Massachusetts

Alexa Strid 2013 SS from 18U VA Shamrocks committed to BYU.



Sept. 29, 2010

BERKELEYUniversity of California Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau announced Tuesday a comprehensive plan for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics that will result in a broad-based yet sustainable program that continues to support the campus’s commitment to excellence.

At the end of this academic year, baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and women’s lacrosse will no longer represent Cal in intercollegiate competition. In addition, men’s rugby will transition to a varsity club sport, a newly designated status at the university.



NFCA Announces 2010 girls got game Top Ten All-Academic Teams & Scholar Athletes
September 29, 2010

STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the second consecutive year, Wallace State Community College, Hanceville led all college teams in the 2010 girls got game/NFCA Top Ten All-Academic Team rankings with a team grade-point average of 3.708, the Association announced on Wednesday.  This also marks the third straight season that the Lady Lions have topped the junior college division.

The girls got game Academic Awards program honors both collegiate and high school teams for their submitted GPAs for the 2009-2010 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 girls got game/NFCA Scholar Athletes.

Following closely behind Wallace State this year, was the leader for not only all Division II schools, but all four-year programs as well, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, with a team GPA OF 3.669.  Leading Division I for the second season in row was Robert Morris University, who this season turned in a GPA of 3.580.  Rounding out the college divisions were McKendree University and Washington University in St. Louis, who led NAIA and Division II, respectively, with GPAs of 3.630 and 3.549.

In the high school categories, Splendora High School (TX) took top honors amongst teams with weighted GPAs with a 4.592, while Arlington High School (NE) was the leader amongst non-weighted schools with a GPA of 3.836.

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 and for those student-athletes that earned the Scholar Athlete award, go to http://www.nfca.org/pagebank/?id=1699.

NCAA Division I
1. Robert Morris University – 3.580; 2. Bowling Green State University – 3.571; 3. University of South Carolina Upstate – 3.566; 4.  Drake University – 3.535; 5. Campbell University – 3.520; 6. Pennsylvania State University – 3.517; 7. Tennessee Technological University – 3.514; 8. Binghamton University – 3.488; 9. Central Michigan University – 3.485; 10. Harvard University – 3.480

NCAA Division II
1. University of Arkansas, Monticello – 3.699; 2. Mercyhurst College – 3.619; 3. Emporia State University – 3.537; 4. Limestone College – 3.506; 5. Ouachita Baptist University – 3.504; 6. California University of Pennsylvania– 3.486; 7. Minnesota State University, Makato – 3.447; 8. Rockhurst University – 3.443; 9. Newberry College – 3.427; 10. Cameron University – 3.412

NCAA Division III
1. Washington University in St. Louis – 3.549; 2. Fontbonne University – 3.535; 3. Emerson College – 3.520; 4. Lebanon Valley College – 3.482; 5. Amherst College – 3.469; 6 (tie). Otterbein College – 3.465; 6 (tie). Macalester College – 3.465; 8. Gettysburg College – 3.448; 9. Skidmore College – 3.429; 10. Ithaca College – 3.427

1. McKendree University – 3.630; 2. Central Methodist University – 3.587; 3. Lindenwood University – 3.540; 4. Waldorf College – 3.480; 5. Evangel University – 3.468; 6. Bethel College (IN) – 3.446; 7 (tie). Olivet Nazarene University – 3.445; 7 (tie). Grand View University – 3.445; 9. California Baptist University – 3.443; 10. Nebraska Wesleyan University – 3.400

Junior College
1. Wallace State Community College, Hanceville – 3.708; 2. Salt Lake Community College – 3.640; 3. Northeast Texas Community College – 3.490; 4. Navarro College – 3.460; 5. East Mississippi Community College – 3.441; 6. Iowa Western Community College – 3.412; 7. South Mountain Community College – 3.330; 8 (tie). Glen Oaks Community College 3.314; 8 (tie). College of Southern Idaho – 3.314; 10. Grand Rapids Community College – 3.311


High School (Weighted)
1. Splendora High School (TX) – 4.592; 2. Blythewood High School (SC) – 4.405; 3. St. Mary Academy-Bay View (RI) – 4.282; 4. East Surry High School (NC) – 4.138; 5. Cambridge Christian School (FL) – 4.027; 6. Lincoln Southwest High School (NE) – 4.020; 7. Flagler Palm Coast High School (FL) – 4.000; 8. West Chester East High School (PA) – 3.982; 9. Washburn Rural High School (KS) – 3.968; 10. Blue Valley North High School (KS) – 3.905

High School (Non-Weighted)
1. Arlington High School (NE) – 3.836; 2. Friend High School (NE) – 3.811; 3. Madison County High School (GA) – 3.779; 4. Allen County-Scottsville High School – 3.777; 5. Manton Consolidated High School – 3.773; 6. Jefferson County High School (GA) – 3.767; 7. Marist High School (OR) – 3.754; 8. Okeene High School (OK) – 3.734; 9. Hopkins High School (MN) – 3.728; 10. Lone Oak High School (TX) – 3.706




“Going to Bat for Rodney,” a local fundraising effort that benefits the Rodney Jenkins’ family, is holding a charity dinner and silent auction from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at Maria’s Restaurant, 1591 Division St., in Morris.

Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and children under 5 are free.

Cash or check should be payable to Rodney Jenkins. Donations will be accepted at the door. Call (815) 351-2030 to reserve a seat.

Silent auction items include a Chicago Bandits’ batting practice jersey autographed by Samantha and Angela Findlay; an autographed softball by the Chicago Bandits softball team; an autographed hockey puck by Chicago Blackhawks player Jonathan Toews; an autographed photo of Kelly Dransfeldt; an autographed photo of Carlos Quentin; an autographed bat by Chris Basak; and more.

The dinner will follow the conclusion of the softball tournament fundraiser, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.
At noon Sunday, the winning team of the tournament will be pitted against a team of All-Stars, a talented group of baseball and softball players handpicked for the grand finale game. The tournament champions and the All-Stars will play at Roth Field at Shabbona School in Morris.

The All-Star team includes the likes of Chicago Bandits players Samantha Findlay and Angela Findlay; Kelly Dransfeldt, former player for the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers; Billy Petrick, former Chicago Cubs player and current Joliet JackHammers player; Chris Basak, former player for New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins; Michelle Peterson, Hall of Fame softball player for University of Illinois at Chicago; Amy Barr, head softball coach for Morris Community High School; Emily Marino, head softball coach for Joliet Junior College; Katy Kukman, former DePaul University softball player; Amy Shannon, four-year starter at Eastern Illinois University; and many more.
Wiers Baseball Academy, Russ Battersby and Dick Parker will also lead a youth baseball and softball clinic on Saturday, Oct. 2, to benefit the Jenkins’ fundraiser.

Rodney Jenkins is a lifelong Morris resident, former Morris High School baseball player and a cancer survivor. Rodney Jenkins is a lifelong Morris resident, former Morris High School baseball player and a cancer survivor.  For the last four years, he has coached the Rowdie Katz and other Morris Athletic Association teams. His family includes wife, Cindy, and his daughters Amanda, 12, and Jessica, 5. Rodney was diagnosed this summer with heart failure. The doctors at Northwestern Hospital recommended he receive a heart pump as a bridge to see him through to a heart transplant.  Rodney underwent open heart surgery on June 30, 2010 to have a heart pump connected to his heart. The pump, called a Left Ventricular Assist Device, or LVAD, does the job normally performed by the left side of the heart.  The cause of Rodney’s heart failure is believed to be caused from a rare reaction to one of the chemotherapy drugs he received during his fight against non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2005.


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