The Kellogg Community College softball program announced Tuesday the signing of 10 players – including a quartet from the school’s own backyard.
Pennfield seniors Alexa Stephenson and Jessica Roan along with Lakeview seniors Kimberly Kucharczyk and Madison Wilson were among the players who have signed their National Letters of Intent to play the 2017 college softball season at KCC.
Stephenson has earned eight varsity letters between basketball, volleyball and softball at Pennfield. A three-time all-conference and All-City selection, she was also named MVP of the Shamrocks fastpitch travel team in 2015.
Roan is a dual sport athlete at Pennfield with varsity letters in basketball and softball. Along with All-City honors, she earned honorable mention all-conference status in the Interstate Eight Conference as a junior and was first team All-Kalamazoo Valley Association as a sophomore.
Kucharczyk hit .402 with 24 RBIs in her junior year for the Spartans, earning All-SMAC East Conference and All-City honors in addition to being named her team’s MVP and “Golden Glove” award winner. She also earned All-Conference and All-City honors in 2014, when she hit .325 with 26 RBIs.
Wilson is now in her third varsity season at Lakeview and has pitched for the Spartans in each of the last two seasons.
Also joining KCC from the area is Homer senior Tyme Warner. As a junior, she earned Division 3 first team All-State honors from the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association.
Rounding out the softball signings were Kailyn Ebeling of Decatur; Dakota Keating of Springport; Kylie Masko of Grand Haven; Jacki Nate of Stevensville Lakeshore and Tyler Snyder of Portage Central.
The Lady Bruins are coming off a record-breaking 2015 season in which they won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association state tournament as well as the MCCAA Western Conference. Their 37-13 record was the best in program history.
KCC BASEBALL SIGNS 5 FOR 2017 CLASS
Five players have signed their National Letters of Intent to play baseball at Kellogg Community College, beginning in the 2017 season.
The Bruins have announced the signings of Logan Briggs of Traverse City Central, Riley Creamer of Lansing Catholic; Nathan Lohmeier of Hartland; Cameron Pope of New Lothrop and Zach Schultz of Stevensville Lakeshore.
KCC is coming off a 2015 season in which it finished 39-16 overall while winning the Michigan Community College Athletic Association championship and its sixth NJCAA Division II World Series appearance since 1999.
THOMAS NAMED HEAD CHEER COACH AT OLIVET COLLEGE
Trish Thomas has been named the head cheerleading coach at Olivet College and will be responsible for the school’s three cheer teams – spirit squad, sideline cheer and competitive cheer.
Thomas served as head cheerleading coach at Albion College since 2012, where she led the Britons to their first-ever bid to the National Cheerleaders Association Nationals. She also coached sideline and competitive cheer and was the head girls track and field coach at Concord High School. Prior to that, she was the head sideline and competitive cheer coach at Loy Norrix High School from 2008-12.
HOPE’S GARCIA EARNS WEEKLY HONOR
Lakeview High School graduate and Hope College senior Anna Garcia has been named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women’s tennis player of the week.
Garcia finished an undefeated week in both singles and doubles for Hope. She won all four of her singles matches in straight sets, surrendering three games or less in three of those contests. At No. 2 singles, she recorded three victories. At No. 2 doubles, she teamed up with Taylor LaBarge to sweep all three opponents last week.
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