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National Fastpitch Coaches Association Announces 1999 Louisville Slugger High School All-Americans

COLUMBIA, MO - Thirty-two high school fastpitch softball players from around the country have been named to the 1999 NFCA/Louisville Slugger High School All-American First and Second teams.

Both teams were selected by NFCA member high school coaching representatives based on nominations from the 1998-99 season. Each All-American team includes four pitchers, one catcher, four infielders, three outfielders, two utility players and two at-large selections.

The 1999 All-American Team will be honored at a luncheon on Monday, August 2, at the Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga, TN.

A brief description of the first-team selections and a listing of the second-team honorees follows:

Leighann Burke, Pitcher 
Lafayette, Indiana (Jefferson High School)

Burke was 23-3 with an 0.28 earned run average as Jefferson won its fourth consecutive North Central Conference championship. In 176 innings, Burke struck out 267 and walked only 20. Of the 67 hits she allowed this year, only one was for extra bases. Burke, who batted .326 with six stolen bases, will attend Purdue University.

Keira Goerl, Pitcher 
Moreno Valley, California (Valley View High School)

Goerl, 23-1 with an 0.05 ERA this year, hurled 18 shutouts, four no-hitters and one perfect game. She once hurled four consecutive no-hitters and ran up a consecutive shutout innings streak of 124. She struck out 280 and walked only 25 in 150 innings, surrendering only one earned run all season. In the field, she committed only one error in 55 chances (.982). Valley View was 29-2, winning league and sectional championships.

Kim Ryan, Pitcher 
Bay Shore, New York (Bay Shore High School)

Ryan was 18-3 with 12 shutouts and six no-hitters. She struck out 293 and allowed only three runs (0.13 ERA) in 165 innings. She batted .382 with 25 RBI and an on-base percentage of .495.

Kristen Schmidt, Pitcher 
Houston, Texas (North Shore High School)

Schmidt was 18-1 with an 0.05 ERA (one earned run in 140 1/3 innings). She struck out 229 batters and walked only two. Only one of the 35 hits she allowed was for extra bases. She hurled 15 shutouts, five no-hitters and five perfect games.

Michelle Brander, Catcher 
Jenison, Michigan (Jenison High School)

Brander batted .495 and led Jenison to district and regional championships and to a 32-4 overall record, 14-0 in the conference. She had seven home runs and batted in 41 runs while striking out just three times in 109 at bats. Defensively, Brander picked off seven baserunners and allowed only five stolen bases in 12 attempts. She will attend Central Michigan University.

Cassi Brangham, First base 
Clovis, California (Clovis High School)

Brangham, who reached base in 38 of her team's 39 games, hit .406 with 10 doubles and drew 25 walks. A first team all-league and All-Valley selection, she batted .444 (8-for-18) in the sectional tournament. She will attend Stanford University.

Kristi Nixon, Second base 
Virginia Beach, Virginia (Princess Anne High School)

Nixon batted .493 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI to lead Princess Anne to a 23-1 record and the No. 3 ranking in Virginia. Princess Anne won conference and district championships and advanced to the regional semifinals. Nixon stole 21 bases in 22 attempts, had a slugging percentage of 1.041 and committed only one error in 73 chances.

Steph Adams, Third base 
Medford, Oregon (North Medford High School)

A three-time Oregon All-State and four-time all-conference selection, Adams batted .568 with 11 doubles, nine triples, three home runs and 42 RBI. She stole 14 bases for a North Medford team that was 28-2 and finished in a tie for third in the state tournament.

Jaime Clark, Shortstop 
Santa Ana, California (Foothill High School)

Clark led Foothill to the No. 1 ranking in the final Orange County poll with a .423 batting average, 16 doubles, 36 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Foothill was 29-4 and advanced to the sectional quarterfinals.

Brett Nakabayashi, Outfield 
Irvine, California (Irvine High School)

Nakabayashi hit .400 and had an on-base percentage of .552 with 25 stolen bases in 27 attempts as Irvine's leadoff batter. She played all three outfield positions, seeing action in 10 games in left field, two in center and 13 in right. A two-time all-county and all-section honoree, she will attend Northwestern University.

Lauren Stefanchik, Outfield 
Berkely Heights, New Jersey (Montclair Kimberley Academy)

Stafanchik, who has been timed from home to first in 2.47 seconds, batted .688 for Montclair Kimberley Academy this year. She walked 15 times and struck out only once while stealing 91 bases in 92 attempts. In two seasons, she has swiped 154 bases and set a national high school record with 159 consecutive steals. In 1998, she was the first freshman in the history of New Jersey high school softball to make first team All-State.

Sascha Taylor, Outfield 
Arlington, Texas (Mansfield High School)

Taylor batted .453 with 16 stolen bases in 16 attempts as Mansfield's leadoff batter. She drew 13 walks and struck out only five times in 106 at bats and was the area leader in runs scored with 39. She will play college softball at Stephen F. Austin College.


Wendy Jo Allen, Utility
Moreno Valley, California (Moreno Valley High School)

A pitcher-outfielder, Allen was 20-3 with an 0.26 ERA and 256 strikeouts. She pitched 14 shutouts and two no-hitters and picked up a save. At the plate, she batted .385 with 23 RBI, 14 walks, 10 triples and a .761 slugging percentage. Moreno Valley was 23-8 and finished third in the Ivy Conference and was a finalist in the Southern Section tournament.

Dara Throneburg, Utility 
Casey, IL (Casey-Westfield High School)

Throneburg, a 1998 NFCA Louisville Slugger High School All-American, led Casey-Westfield to a 39-3 record this year, seeing action in 28 games at shortstop and 27 contests as a pitcher. Throneburg batted ,523 with 16 doubles, 14 triples, three home runs and 60 runs batted in. Her on-base percentage was .600 and her slugging percentage was .931. She struck out only six times in 130 at bats. As a pitcher, she was 26-1 with an ERA of 0.54 and 20 shutouts, including three no-hitters and three perfect games. She will attend the University of Missouri.

Toria Auelua, At-Large (catcher) 
Garden Grove, CA (Pacifica High School)

Auelua threw out 37 of the 42 baserunners who attempted to steal against her this year and picked off nine more. Offensively, she hit .471 with five doubles, five home runs and 27 RBI and was successful on 21 of 25 stolen base attempts. Pacifica finished first in the California Intercholastic Federation Southern Section Championships and won the Garden Grove Conference title.

Jenny Tyrrell, At-Large (second base) 
Palos Heights, IL (Amos Alonzo Stagg High School)

Tyrrell batted .373 and had an on-base percentage of .480 for an Amos Alonzo Stagg team that finished 27-10, losing in the section semifinals after winning its regional championship. She committed only one error in 145 chances (.993) and struck out just five times in 110 at bats.

1999 Louisville Slugger High School Second Team All-Americans

Name               Position     Hometown                     (High School) 

Barb Cook Pitcher Conklin, New York (Susquehanna Valley)
Amy Kendall Pitcher Fort Wayne, Indiana (Northrup)
Lesley Palmer Pitcher Dale City, Virginia (Bishop O'Connell)
Andrea Vidlund Pitcher Fair Oaks, California (Casa Roble)
Michelle McGonagle Catcher Wilmington, Massachusetts (Austin Prep)
Brook Buchanan First Base Port Neches, Texas (Groves)
Dara Webb Second Base Garden Grove, California (Pacifica)
Molly King Third Base Moultonborough, New Hampshire(Moultonborough Academy)
Natasha Watley Shortstop Irvine, California (Woodbridge High School)
Lauren Flannery Outfield Laurel, Maryland (St. Vincent Pallotti)
Quinn Porter Outfield Chapel, Florida (Berkeley Prep)
>Julie Wiest Outfield Jenison, Michigan (Jenison)
>Stephanie Justice Utility Princewick, West Virginia (Independence)
Katie Kestranek Utility Manlius, New York (Fayetteville-Manlius)
Katie Chain At-Large (P) North Canton, Ohio (Hoover)
Maureen LeCocq At-Large (P) Woodland Hills, California (Chaminade College Prep)