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WPSL Drafts Isonette Polonious No. 1
Isonette Polonius, who started 135 games at third base in two seasons at East Carolina University (Greenville, North Caro.), was the No. 1 selection in the 1999 Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) Senior Draft, held Saturday,December 5, in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., in conjunction with the 1998 NFCA National Convention. Polonius was chosen by the Durham Dragons, which obtained the first overall selection in a trade that sent pitcher Carla Brookbank to the Virginia Roadsters.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for Iso," said ECU Coach Tracey Kee. "It's truly a testament to her intense dedication and commitment to the sport. I am very happy for her and what she has helped our team accomplish."
"I am very excited and honored to have this wonderful opportunity to continue playing softball," says Polonius, a native of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, who transferred to East Carolina from the University of Curacao in 1996.
Polonius holds ECU career records in doubles (36) and home runs (24) and has twice been voted the Big South Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for softball. She was a Second Team Louisville Slugger NFCA All-American in 1998 and finished the 1998 season ranked fifth in NCAA Division I in batting (.476) and 10th in home runs (15). During Polonius' two seasons, ECU has won two Big South regular season championships and has an overall winning percentage of .672.
Her academic career at ECU is equally impressive. A business management major, Polonius is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and is a recipient of the All-American Scholar Collegiate Award and the Residence
Hall Scholars Award, as well as the Minority Student Academic and Leadership Award winner. Polonius says the chance to continue playing softball at the professional level will also enable her to further her academic ambitions.
"One of my goals was to remain in the states and attend graduate school," she says. "This (being drafted) will enable me to fulfill my dreams."
The second overall selection was Monica Triner, a pitcher/designated player from South Florida, chosen by the Tampa Bay FireStix.
The Akron Racers, formerly the Orlando Wahoos, had two first round selections after obtaining the third overall pick from the Durham Dragons in a trade for Liz Mizera last year. Akron drafted Michigan first baseman Traci Conrad with the third overall pick and took DePaul pitcher/outfielder Liza Brown with the last pick in the first round.
The Carolina Diamonds drafted Brandee McArthur, a pitcher/utility player from Pacific with the fourth selection in the first round. Fresno State third baseman Jaime Maxey went fifth overall to the Georgia Pride. The Virginia Roadsters did not own a first-round selection, but drafted Minnesota shortstop Shannon Beeler with the first pick in the second round.
Tampa Bay and Akron were involved in the draft's only trade. The FireStix acquired former utility player Amber Wright, a standout at the University of South Florida, for the rights to the 50th overall selection in this year's draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2000 WPSL Senior Draft. The Racers selected Akron second baseman Jana Jenkins with the 50th pick.
1999 Women's Professional Softball League
Draft by Team
3. Traci Conrad, 1b, Michigan**
6. Liza Brown, p/of, DePaul
2. Stephanie Midthun, of, Minnesota
16. Jaime Chenevey, c, Ohio State***
18. Kelly Gentle, p, Hawaii
24. Kelly Metzger, c, Akron
30. Heidi Geier, 2b, Creighton
36. Raven Coberg, 3b, UNLV
42. Michelle Singer, ut, Oklahoma State
48. Cheryl Anne Palaroan, of, Ohio State
50. Jana Jenkins, 2b, Akron****
54. Sunny Litteral, of, Ashland
60. Nicole Cefaratti, of, Buffalo State
**Compensation for Liz Mizera
***Compensation for Corina Lilly
****Compensation for Amber Wright
4. Brandee McArthur, p/ut, Pacific
10. Megumi Takasaki, c, California
22. Tara Glaister, p, Cal State Northridge
28. Katie May, ss/3b, California
34. Julie Eggert, 1b, Kennesaw State
40. Jennie Foyle, 2b, Stanford
46. Lori Reese, ss, Virginia
52. Martha Covington, 3b, Campbell
58. Jane Teixeira, of, Texas
1. Isonette Polonius, 3b, East Carolina*
9. Autumn Anderson, p, Mississippi State
15. Katie Cichy, ss, Cal State Sacramento
21. Evette Grayson, of, Louisiana Tech
27. Stephanie Norton, 3b, Colorado State
33. Marcy Crouch, p, Stanford
37. Melanie Muniz, of, Long Beach State*
39. Jen Morris, 1b, Ohio University
45. Stephanie Little, c, Cal State Fullerton
51. Janine Repole, 2b/p, North Carolina-Charlotte
57. Kim Pietro, of, South Carolina
*Compensation for Carla Brookbank
5. Jaime Maxey, 3b, Fresno State
11. Jamie Lowry, 2b, Missouri
17. Kim Slover, 1b, Missouri
23. Danielle Cox, of, Florida State
29. Jennifer Thompson, p, South Florida
35. Samantha Digirolamo, 3b, Nicholls State
41. Dana Bennett, 2b, Hofstra
47. Lindsey Parker, p, Fresno State
53. Erryn Gutjahr, 1b, San Diego State
59. Chris Puccio, ut, San Diego State
Tampa Bay FireStix
2. Monica Triner, p/dp, South Florida
8. Jamie Foutch, 1b, Oklahoma State
14. Jody Chmielewski, of, Oregon State
20. Nikki Cockrell, 2b/ss, Texas
26. Janeen Sobush, c/of, South Florida
32. Amy Doyle, of, Ball State
38. Stephanie Carew, dp, Chapman
44. Samantha Mercier, 2b, Purdue
56. Dana Bailey, of, Florida State
7. Shannon Beeler, ss, Minnesota
3. Jody Dean, of, Northern Iowa
19. Catherine Davis, of, Michigan
25. Jenny Oermann, ss, Southeast Missouri
31. Heather Stella, 3b, Illinois State
43. Kris McCleary, c, Notre Dame
49. Becky Blevins, p, Stanford
55. Kami Tucker, 3b, Tennessee-Chattanooga.