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USA Softball Aiming To Qualify for 2011 ISF Junior Womenâ€™s World Championship
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. â€” The 17-member USA Softball Junior Womenâ€™s National Team leaves Monday for the III Pan American Softball Championship (18-Under) in Bogota, Colombia, where they will attempt to qualify for the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) IX Junior Women's World Championship (19-Under), December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. The qualifier, August 6-15, marks the first international competition for all 17 members of Team USA.
â€œI am excited for a new generation of young women to have the opportunity to compete for their country. Four years ago, we were welcoming athletes to the junior program who are now Womenâ€™s World Champions, and before that, we welcomed athletes who have since become Olympic Medalists,â€ said Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Executive Director Ron Radigonda. â€œPlaying with the Junior Womenâ€™s National Team is a tremendous honor for those selected. Not only do they have the opportunity to take home a Gold Medal, they also have the opportunity to develop their game and experience something that can help them grow as a person. I wish them all the best and know that they will uphold the great tradition of USA Softball.â€
The athletes selected hail from seven states: Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Maryland and New Mexico. Among the schools members of the Junior Womenâ€™s National Team plan to attend are Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Oklahoma, South Florida, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington.
2010-11 USA Softball Junior Womenâ€™s National Team Roster
Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif./California Lady Magic)
Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif./California Lady Magic)
Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Ariz./Arizona Hotshots Gold)
Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif./Corona Angels 18-Under Gold-Tyson)
Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio/Valley Extreme Blue)
Chelsea Goodacre (Temecula, Calif./California Fury)
Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz./ Arizona Hotshots Gold)
Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif./ California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./ Corona Angels 18-Under Gold-Tyson)
Shelby Pendley (Albuquerque, N.M./New Mexico Sundancers)
Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md./Wagners)
Madison Shipman (Valencia, Calif./So Cal Choppers)
Cheyanne Tarango (Anaheim Hills, Calif./ California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Nyree White (Eugene, Ore./ California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif./ California Worth Firecrackers 18-Under Gold)
Chelsea Zgrabik (Nokomis, Fla./Florida Tropic Wave-Morgan)
The athletes were selected for the team by the five-member USA Softball Womenâ€™s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) based on performances at the 2010-11 USA Softball Junior Womenâ€™s National Team Selection Camp, June 10-12, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
Karen Johns (Starkville, Miss.) is the teamâ€™s head coach. Suzy Brazney (Huntington Beach, Calif./head coach Golden West College), Stacy Iveson (Prescott, Ariz./head coach Yavapai College) and Pat Murphy (Northport, Ala./head coach Alabama) will join Johns in Colombia as assistant coaches. Joe Salvatore (Monroe Township, N.J./coach New Jersey Breakers) is the volunteer assistant coach for the Junior Womenâ€™s National Team.
In 2006, Team USA won the Gold Medal at the II Pan American Softball Championship (18-Under), beating the host country Puerto Rico 7-0 in five innings in the Championship Game. The team also beat Venezuela 8-0, Colombia 12-0, Puerto Rico 10-0, Canada 3-0, Argentina 12-0, Ecuador 19-0, Aruba 18-0, Antillas Holandesas 15-0 and Venezuela 9-2 to qualify for the 2007 ISF Junior Womenâ€™s World Championship, where Team USA took the Gold Medal.
Competing with the 2006-07 Junior Womenâ€™s National Team were athletes including now two-time Womenâ€™s National Team members Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.) and Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.), both 2010 ISF Womenâ€™s World Champions. Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz.), members of the 2010 USA Softball Womenâ€™s Futures National Team, also competed with the 2006-07 Junior Womenâ€™s National Team.
Updates will be posted at http://www.usasoftball.com.
- Courtesy USA Softball