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Shawn Hendrickson announces 2012 Finlandia softball recruiting class and 1st annual Blue/White intrasquad game

Hancock, MI. – September 14, 2011: Finlandia University women’s softball coach Shawn Hendrickson has announced that 14 student-athletes have committed to the 2012 women’s softball program.
The talented 14 player class joins 9 returning letter winners looking to improve upon their school record 25-11 season a year ago. The incoming class includes 5 players from California, 4 from Michigan (including 1 from the U.P.), and 1 each from Texas, North Carolina, Alaska, Wisconsin, and New York . Twelve of the players are true freshman with two transfer student-athletes from Fullerton College (CA.) entering the season with junior eligibility.

Fans looking for a chance to see the 2012 team in action can watch the Lions play in their 1st annual Blue/White intrasquad game on Saturday, September 24th at the Hancock Driving Park softball field. The first pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. EST.

For more information on the women’s softball team you can contact Coach Hendrickson at shawn.hendrickson@finlandia.edu.

Listed below are the 14 new student- athletes that are currently attending Finlandia and playing softball for the Lions this year. A short player profile with comments from Coach Hendrickson about each recruit is listed below.

Kayla Avila (Lytle, Texas)
Kayla will see playing time at short stop, second base, and third base this year for the Lions. During her high school years playing shortstop she was named to the All-District first team for two years in a row, was given the “Blood and Guts” Award, The Offensive Player of the Year Award, and The Golden Glove Award. Kayla’s experience, grit and determination will be a huge asset to the further success of the Lions program.

Miranda Brewer (Harrison, Michigan)
Miranda is a huge asset to the Lion’s pitching staff this year. She holds her high school record for the most strike-outs in her four year career, she was voted Female Athlete of the Year, she was named Honorable Mention three years in a row for softball, 1st Team All-Conference, 2-year All-Conference Sportsmanship Award, and was also named to the Honorable Mention Team for volleyball. Miranda’s experience and expertise on the mound is a huge benefit to the Lions Program.

Brittney Coleman (Anchorage, Alaska)
Brittney was a four-year started for her high schools softball team as well as playing travel ball for nearly twelve years. Her team was state champions in both 2009 and 2010. She played shortstop during her high school years, but with her great eye and speed will predominately play outfield for the Lions this year. She will also be playing for Finlandia Women’s Hockey Team, and is quite an accomplished athlete there as well, playing for Team Alaska for eight years, her high school team for all four years, and took 8th in the nation in 2009.

Sarah Cox (Palmdale, California)
Sarah’s exceptional speed will make her a huge asset to the Lions softball program. She runs from home to first in 2.5 seconds and from home to home in just 11 seconds. She’s currently just a right handed hitter, but currently being switched over to the left. Coach Hendrickson says, “She is the fastest softball player he’s ever seen.” She was a dual sport athlete in high school playing both softball and basketball. She was named captain and team MVP for both her Junior and Senior years, and named to the All-Star Team her senior year.

Nicole Cullen (Lancaster, California)
Nicole was another all-around high school athlete playing not only softball but also volleyball and basketball. She received All-League Awards for softball during her junior and senior seasons, and All-League First Team for volleyball. She was named captain of both her softball and basketball teams during both her junior and senior years. During her senior year she was a member of the Academic Merit Roll, and she is also privileged to be a 2011 Alpha Charter Guild Debutante. Nicole will see time in the outfield, but most on the middle infield, excelling at both the positions of shortstop and second base.

Taylor Davis (Fowler, Michigan)
Taylor is an all-around athlete but her true love is softball. She will be a utility player for the Lions with the capability and knowledge to man several positions. During her high school career she was awarded the Coaches Award and was also a three-year Varsity softball team member. Taylor is an extremely talented all-around softball player who mainly plays catcher but will also play several positions in the outfield for the Lions. She was awarded the Coaches Award for her hard work, tireless effort, and extreme dedication to her high school team this year. She put up impressive numbers with a batting average of .378, 36 rbi's and had 38 throw-outs behind the plate.

Niki Hieda (Corona, California)
Niki is a transfer student from Fullerton Junior College in California where she played both outfield and second base; she will continue to see time at both positions this year for the Lions. During her high school years she was her team captain and a four-year starter on her softball team, and won several honors while playing junior college softball. During high school she was named to the All-League team and during her Junior College play she was named to the Honorable Mention team while also winning the Marian Mendoza Award.

Katiellen Newman (Ontario, California)
Katiellen is an exceptional athlete as well as an exceptional student. She was on her school’s academic honor roll for two consecutive years, as well as earning three Varsity letters in softball. She was also named captain for two consecutive years. Katie will see some time in the outfield but predominately at both shortstop and third base. She is a very gifted instinctual athlete.

Brittany Pittman (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Brittany will play both outfield and first-base for the Lions. She is an all-around athlete playing softball, swimming and bowling while in high school. Brittany has a great work ethic and is willing to go above and beyond what is required from her to benefit the Lions program.

Lashonda Pride (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Lashonda was a four-year varsity starter for her high school softball program, predominately playing catcher and outfield, which she will share time at both positions for the Lions this year. Lashonda has a pure love for the sport that shows in all aspects of her game. She was names to her high school All-Conference team and well as being named team Most Valuable Player.

Alice Stockinger (Putman Valley, New York)
Alice was a four year member of her varsity softball team, as well as four years on her high school’s Varsity bowling team. She was named captain of both teams during her senior year. She was named to the First Team All Section and All League in softball and named to the All League team twice as a bowler as well as qualifying for sectionals all four years. She was named to the Journal News and the First Team Putnam County News for her exceptional softball play. Alice is a gifted pitcher who will see plenty of time on the mound, as well as some time at First base for the Lady Lions.

Erica Taft (Rowland Heights, California)
Erica is also a transfer student from Fullerton Junior College in California playing both outfield and shortstop, where she will also continue to see time for the Lions this year. During her high school years she was named Most-Improved and during her senior year she was named to the Honorable Mention team. She was awarded the Charlie Hustle Award, for her hard work, hustle and drive. She was named Most-Improved her freshman year at Fullerton Junior College and named team captain her sophomore year.

Sam Walters (Cable, Wisconsin)
Sam is a complete all-around athlete. She was named the Senior Athlete of the Year for her high school and she won the Army Reserve Scholar Athlete of the year. During her high school softball career she was named Team Rookie of the Year, named to the Indian Head All-Conference team three years in a row in addition to being named team captain and team MVP three years in a row. As a senior, she was named Indian Head Conference Player of the Year and ranked 3rd in the state of Wisconsin for runs batted in. She was also a four-year varsity letter winner in both volleyball and basketball and will also be a member of our Lion's Women's Basketball program. Sam is an extremely talented pitcher who will see time on the mound for the Lions this year.

Paige Yoho (Negaunee, Michigan)
Paige was a three sport all-around athlete during her high school years, participating in softball, basketball and tennis. She was named Honorable Mention in basketball her senior year and received the NIT Scholarship. Paige was also named to the All-District softball team three years in a row. Paige is motivated and an extremely hard worker. She will be as asset to the Lions softball program. Paige has experience in the outfield as well as being able to man both 2nd and 3rd base. Paige will also be a member of the Finlandia Women’s Basketball Team.


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