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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

 

Akron Racers

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

Carolina Diamonds

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

Durham Dragons

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

Georgia Pride

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

Virginia Roadsters

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.