Mackenzie Drake, San Jose State softball
Alexis Lindsey - University of South Carolina
Lizzy Beutter - UC San Diego
Eleni Spirakis - Santa Clara University
Jacqui Prober (2nd from right) and Jenna Crawford (on end, right side)
*newest commitments in BOLD
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Andrea "Sug" Lopez has been a Sting player all her life it seems, even though she hung up her "Sting" jersey this past summer. But "Sug" has another passion besides softball and that's to become a Sheriff. Sug started the training program last September and had to go through an interview and a background check. She attended the program twice a month at the Sheriff's Office Richie Training Center where she learned penal codes and volunteered at events with her Sergeants.
All of this lead her to the Santa Clara County Sheriff Explorers Academy. Sug attended the academy over 3 weeks from 7am - 4:30pm, where she had PT training learning how to shine her boots, jump a wall and anything that has to do with law enforcement and a lot of classroom time too! One week she put in a 24hr shift starting Thursday, getting off Friday and driving to Roseville to play Sunday for her Team, 18G Rooney! Sug was a senior this past year and with all her AP classes and with an IEP, she knew what she wanted to do after college. Her Dad has worked for Santa Clara County Sheriff's Dept. for over 25 years and Sug plans to do the same after college!
Sug is attending San Jose City College and is playing for the Jaguars!
One of our 18G Coaches Debbie Rooney received a call from a local commissioner from the ASA saying that a couple of coaches from Taiwan were out here in the US and wanted to learn more about US softball and how we practice. They, along with a local interpreter named Ryan, came out to observe our 16U and 18G tryouts. We also invited them out to see how we work two teams together in a clinic…they learned a ton and were amazed! What an honor for the San Jose Sting to host these special guests and share the game of softball!
Taylor Klauser has been used to attention from college coaches over the years and has always seemed to rise to the occasion. In Colorado, she made a diving catch in centerfield and threw the runner out at 2nd, causing a college coach to stop and turn around to come watch her!
Taking your time, visiting the colleges and really getting a feel for the schools was all part of her plan in making her final decision.
Taylor's top 3 reasons for choosing her college:
"I chose Colorado School of Mines because it was the best fit for me out of all the schools I was interested in. The location and beautiful campus is what made me love the school. Coach Leah Glasgow was very welcoming and after my unofficial tour I knew Colorado Mines was my school. Mines is a strictly engineering school with 93% graduating, therefore, it was the best fit for my education and career path.
2. What schools were you looking at:
I was looking at UNR, UPenn and Sonoma State.
3. What schools were looking at you:
Sonoma, Upenn and Utah state were looking at me.
4. Do you know what you would like to major in?
5. 3 most memorable moments from recruiting process:
The recruiting process was definitely stressful but it paid off. One of my most memorable moments was Summer 2014 hitting a homerun in Colorado while Utah college coach recorded it. College camps and tours were always exciting, informative, and worth my time. Meeting coaches and players from the collegiate level gave me a feel for what my future would be like.
Go to College Choices (on the left hand side list) to read about more San Jose Sting players verbals and signings, past and present
Mackenzie Murphy knew the East Coast was where she wanted to go to college. With a gpa over 4.0 and test scores to match, Mackenzie was looking for a high academic college where her academic and athletic skills would both be emphasized.
Mackenzie's list of colleges included Williams, Dartmouth College, Wellesley College, Swarthmore College, University of Chicago, and Amherst College. In addition, the following colleges, Williams, Dartmouth College, Wellesley College, Swarthmore College, University of Chicago, Amherst College, Kenyon College, MIT, UCSD, and University of the Pacific had shown real attention in Mackenzie.
What made Williams College the #1 choice for Mackenzie "was due to it having the top ranked education in the country. I was drawn to the academically rigorous course load and emphasis on small class size. I absolutely loved the campus and area in which Williams College is located and Coach Herman is amazing and I really connected with her."
Some of the memorable moments from the recruiting experience for Mackenzie were:
My official visit in October was my most memorable experience because seeing the beautiful campus, meeting the team, and staying in the dorms solidified my decision that Williams is where I belong.
I played really well at a Dartmouth College softball camp and Coach Herman happened to be working at the camp. That is where we first met and she expressed interest in having me on her team.
At the Colorado Fireworks tournament last summer, I got a hit every time I was up while Coach Herman was watching.
Mackenzie would like to major in Biology and pursue a Pre-Med program.
Mackenzie Murphy 18G Gron and Head Coach Herman, Williams College, at Fall clinic
The recruiting process for Amanda was an interesting one to say the least; while she garnered attention, especially for her hitting prowess, things really started heating up during the summer before her senior year. While she had attended camps prior, the fit wasn't there with those schools. At times, she felt a little anxious but knew that her college was out there and she would find it and they would find her!
All of a sudden, Amanda had 5 official visits on her calendar for Fall that she had to schedule in between tournaments, school and all the activities of being a senior! Amanda knew that the official visits were key, as all the colleges who had invited her were out of state.
Amanda knew a smaller school would fit her learning style best and she had colleges targeted on the East Coast, as well as, Midwest.
Amanda had a strong list of colleges expressing mutual interest starting with Kenyon College, along with Brandeis, Bates, Lesley, Sarah Lawrence, Eastern Nazarene, Oberlin and the US Coast Guard Academy.
After completing her visits, Amanda knew that Kenyon College was the one! Some of her most memorable moments from the recruiting process were:
- going on the official visits at Kenyon, Oberlin, Bates and Brandeis and experiencing college life for a weekend
- getting to know her coaches on a more personal level and getting a feel for their coaching style and the goals they had for their team
- hitting a 3 run homerun over the left field fence in Colorado in front of Coach Schoenhoft from Kenyon
Amanda is leaning towards possibly majoring in political science, but can't wait to get to Kenyon and see what else might interest her. Amanda will be the first Sting recruit to attend Kenyon College, named as one of the best small liberal schools in the U.S.
Congratulations Amanda, Linda and Charley!
Jennifer Ng returned to Sting this Fall and was worried, as a senior there hadn't been much progress on the recruiting front and she was feeling as if maybe playing softball in college might not happen for her. Within two months, several schools were taking a look at her and at the final tourney of the Fall season, Jennifer verballed to University of Redlands and found her fit!
Some of the reasons she felt that University of Redlands was a fit for her was the coaching staff, they made her feel right at home when she attended their camp and she knows she will be able to contribute, while learning new skills being coached by such a talented staff! Another key factor for Jennifer, the smaller student population, which provides an excellent learning environment and the faculty really cares about their students. Lastly, the campus is beautiful, with a great view of the mountains and it feels very close knit and comfortable.
In addition to University of Redlands, Jennifer was looking at UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and USD. Colleges who had shown interest in Jennifer included UC San Diego, Notre Dame de Namur, Emory, and Redlands.
Jennifer is interested in majoring in business and with a minor in sociology.
In Jen's words "The three most memorable experiences throughout my recruiting experience were: receiving an e-mail from Mary that all of the Redlands coaches were really interested in me and Coach Spaulding wanted to know how high up Redlands was on my college list, when I called Coach Spaulding after she e-mailed asking for me to come for an unofficial visit and she told me herself how much she and her coaching staff liked me and wanted me to play for the Bulldogs, and of course, when I verbally committed to Coach Spaulding saying that I would love to be a part of her Bulldogs softball team and that I am very excited to attend University of Redlands!
I am so grateful to be a part of the Sting organization. Bob and Kit Perales, Mary Hoffman, my coaches and my teammates have all supported me through this recruiting process and I could not have done it without them. A big thank you to Mary who really looked out for me and made sure that I would find the right fit for me."
Congratulations Jennifer, John and Daisy!
Morgan Martinelli knew she wanted a small school with a “big school” feel. Going to the East Coast was definitely in her plans and she researched numerous schools on the East Coast that she felt would give her that right fit of academics and athletics. Dartmouth was just what she was looking for. She really liked the fact that Dartmouth would provide an Ivy League degree while also being a part of a competitive Division 1 program. And finally, offered Morgan the opportunity to be a part of a competitive environment both in the classroom and on the field.
Besides Dartmouth, Morgan was also looking at Canisius College, University of San Diego (ok, 1 West Coast school) and Towson University. Both Canisius College and Towson University were also interested in Morgan as well.
Per Morgan, the three most memorable moments from the recruiting process are when: "Coach Doepking called me during class to tell me that I got into Dartmouth, going to Niagara Falls when I visited Canisius College and being in a tornado while at a camp at Purdue University."
Morgan plans on majoring in psychology at Dartmouth.
Alyssa Gonzalez is used to running the show "behind the dish" as a catcher and those skills certainly served her well in the recruiting process. Her discipline around sending her emails, making her phone calls and focusing on her academics based upon feedback from colleges were all key factors in her finding her fit!
Per Alyssa "When I first started looking at colleges, I thought I wanted a big football, big basketball, huge school to attend. Then I visited a few and realized that was not for me. I then looked at small and midsized colleges and started to get a good vibe. A few of the colleges I looked at, (and which were interested in me too) were Emory University, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, UC Davis, Williams College, Manhattan College, Fairfield University, St John's, George Fox University, and Santa Clara.
The reasons why I ultimately chose George Fox University are, is it is a small intimate school with strong family principles, a very good business program which will be my major, and I absolutely love the coaching staff. They have a strong knowledge of the game of softball and yet are always looking to improve with cutting edge information.
I knew what major I wanted to pursue so having a clear vision of what I wanted, made it easier to narrow down the choices to find the perfect fit. I can’t begin to tell you how huge it is to be part of the Sting organization. Mary Hoffman and Bob Perales were invaluable to our search for just the right college. Their coaching, and personal interaction with me and the colleges.., I can tell you more than one door was opened because of them which gave us many options. They made a highly anxiety ridden process manageable because they held my hand and they truly cared. Thank you Sting!! I hope more families take advantage of all you give. "
I am attending George Fox University in 2015. It is the perfect fit.
Katie Wingrove understands the life of a pitcher - the highs and lows, those games that test your confidence and those games that give you confidence. She has experienced it all and then some! As we all know, pitchers tend to be under more scrutiny as most coaches are always looking for pitching. Katie knew she wanted a smaller school environment and closer to home would be ideal, but she was open to whatever opportunity and FIT felt right, which CSU Monterey Bay did!
In addition to Monterey Bay, Katie was looking at SF State, Humboldt and Seattle University, who had shown interest in her as well.
Some of the highlights from her recruiting process included starting to make contact with college coaches and them showing interest in her. Getting invited to come back for an unofficial visit at Monterey Bay, after attending a camp. Hearing that Coach Kenney from Monterey Bay wanted her and making that phone call that night to accept the offer to play for Coach K!
Katie is happy she found her FIT, with the right size campus for her, strong academics and a coach and team she felt connected to immediately!
Katie is interested in majoring in either Environmental Science or Psychology.
For Danielle, playing in the Pac-12 at Cal had been her dream since she was a little girl. Known for strong academics and a highly competitive softball program, Danielle set her sights on Cal and never wavered from that goal. Knowing that you needed to check out many schools during the recruitment process, Danielle was looking at other UC's and Pac-12 colleges, as she felt the academic and athletic combination these schools offered her what she was ultimately looking for in a college. In addition to the colleges she had targeted, she was getting serious attention from Seattle University, UCSB, North Texas and Florida State.
But her heart belonged to the Bears and she was beyond excited to know this childhood dream was going to come true! Some of her favorite memories from the recruiting process included attending a Cal camp and having her Dad tell her, after the first day, that they were interested in having her come for an unofficial visit. Danielle remembers every detail of the day Coach Ninemire asked if she wanted to verbally commit to Cal and her other memory was sitting in the student section at a Bears football game, on her official visit, and realizing that all her hard work and effort had paid off, her dream was real!!
Danielle will join former Sting players Vanessa Alvarez and Jaz Jackson at Cal.
Below is a link from the Cal softball team page about Danielle:
Alex at Ohio Valley University after her verbal commitment
Ever since we started working with Randy Villazon from Fastpitch Media, to produce our highly recognized player skills videos, we knew he was someone who fit right in to the Sting family. As you work with someone, you get to know more about them and get excited to celebrate their accomplishments!
These past few months have been wonderful for Randy and we just had to share!
Randy's family grew in February, when Randy and his wife welcomed a baby boy to the Villazon household. In addition to his family growing, Randy also grew his business to the point that he needed to upgrade his booth that he brings to tournaments because of overwhelming demand for his skills videos services. And to complete the happy news, Randy and his daughter went on a round of college visits and his daughter found her fit! Much like our other Sting players, academics, the coaching staff and the feeling you get when you step on campus at "your" school all came together at OVU.
Congratulations, Randy and family!
Japanese National Team player Misato Kawano and Sting's own Mari Kawano
When Mari Kawano was in Huntington Beach this summer, she had the good fortune to be there during the World Cup of softball. And as luck would have it, Japan was playing in the tourney.
Go back to the 2008 Olympics, when softball was still a recognized sport and this is where this journey began. Mari watched the Olympics and saw Misato Kawano, who played for the Japanese Olympic team. Having a namesake in the Olympics was amazing and Mari was hooked! When Mari saw the last name, she knew it would be cool to have her uniform. Unlike the U.S., where we can get the merchandise of our favorite Team USA , NPF and collegiate players, Japan doesn't market their players unforms. With tremendous help from a cousin in Japan, who not only tracked down the uniform manufacturer, but was able to have a custom/fitted uniform made and obtain a personalized autograph from Misato herself for Mari! So, fast forward to this past summer of 2014, in Irvine, California. Mari and her family were able to watch the Japanese national team play, meet her "namesake" player and proudly tell her about the autographed uniform she had! A great story and an example of how the softball world can be so special!
San Jose Sting 12U at Nationals, with Jessica Mendoza
West Point breeds leaders, that is their focus. Playing softball for a military academy can seem like a daunting goal to near impossible for most, but not Maddie Kim. Small in stature, but with power that always surprised her opponents and college coaches, she generated alot of attention this past season. Coming off of a solid high school season, Maddie went right to work with upping that momentum in her travel ball summer campaign. She immediately caught the eye of lots of top schools including West Point (Army)softball. Understand that the application process for a military academy is much more rigorous and demanding, but the opportunity is hard to match!
Maddie had a stellar list of West point, UPenn, UC Davis and Colgate - all whom had expressed serious interest in her. In fact, UPenn had called her their top 2015 recruit!
After attending a camp at West Point in June and then a visit this past Fall to see Stanford play Army, Maddie knew that she had found her FIT! Her key reasons for choosing West Point (Army) are:
1) An opportunity to get a world class education as an athlete
2) Able to play for a great coaching staff- Head Coach DePolo, Asst. Coaches Ty and Cantillo, who believe in Maddie and are friendly, caring and very approachable
3) Wanting to give back as her Grandpa had always taught her, as well as, following in her Uncle's footsteps and honoring his memory. Maddie's Uncle Scott was a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard and he gave Maddie his blessing to attend West Point!
Maddie is interested in majoring in either pre-med or computer science. And her most memorable moments from her recruiting experience are:
1) "Seeing Coach DePolo actually come out to watch me play in Huntington Beach"
2) "Watching Army vs. Stanford football game from the field standing with more than 4,000 cadets in Michie stadium"
3) "Meeting the softball team at a tailgate event hosted by Coach DePolo and seeing how friendly, helpful, girly and down to earth they all were. I was even able to visit one of the cadet's dorm rooms too"
4) "Watching West Point softball take on Marist, meeting the Dean of Admissions at the game and watching the softball team saluting to the national anthem"
Maddie will be the first San Jose Sting player to attend West Point!!
Congratulations to Maddie,Dave and Meeran!
Maddie and the Army softball coaching staff. L to R: Asst. Coach Cantillo, Asst. Coach Singleton, Maddie and Head Coach DePolo
The Sting invasion of Cal Poly continues.....Megan Nordin will be joining her older sister, along with several other Sting players, who will play for Coach Condon at Cal Poly. Megan's list came into focus this past summer, with Cal Poly as her top choice. Megan was very interested in colleges in California that would provide a high quality of education, along with a competitive softball program. Cal Poly certainly met that criteria, plus being only 3 hours away from home was an added bonus!
In addition to Cal Poly, Megan was also looking at Sonoma State, Fullerton and Long Beach; with these colleges expressing interest in her as well.
Megan's top 3 memorable moments from the recruiting experience are:
1) Visiting the campus and attending many Cal Poly camps
2) Having Coach Condon see Megan hit a triple from her car, as she was leaving the tournament and letting Megan know that she had seen the triple!
3) Talking to Coach Condon and having coach tell her that they would "love to have me"!
Megan is planning on majoring in business at Cal Poly.
Congratulations to Megan and the Nordin family!!
Adriana was focused on some key components in her college search. She was looking for colleges that were close to home, so that her family could watch her play. The coaching staff was also a key factor, as well as, she really wanted a big city environment. She had looked at SF State, where her older sister Marisa had enjoyed success both academically and athletically; but Adriana was ready to make her own mark.
Intending to major in Criminal Justice, San Jose State was the perfect fit on all fronts for Adriana.
Adriana's three most memorables from the recruiting experience have been:
- finding out Coach Turner was interested in her
- the campus tour
- the Spartan softball camp
Congratulations Adriana, we are very proud of you!
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