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Coach Lisa Fernandez, Jacqui, Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez and Coach Kirk Walker
The recruiting process can take all sorts of twists and turns, with each players journey different from the next. Jacqui Prober's had some twists in it but at the end of the day, she she found her FIT. UCLA has a storied softball program, with Olympian and UCLA legend Lisa Fernandez on the coaching staff. To play in the Pac-12 is a dream for a lot of players, and Jacqui's dream has come true!
Strong academics, a rich tradition, and the coaching staff making her feel like family from her first visit were some of the key reasons she had UCLA at the top of her list. And with her parents being alumni, they spoke highly of their collegiate experiences at UCLA, further supporting Jacqui's dream.
In addition to UCLA, Jacqui also looked at Stanford, U of Washington and Missouri, with all of them looking at her along with Cal Poly and Northridge liking what they saw as well.
Jacqui plans to major in pre-med or pre-PT and her most memorable moments from the recruiting process were:
- A trip to Missouri in December for a camp, in the middle of a snowstorm
- Meeting with the UCLA coaching staff after the first game they had invited her to attend
- Getting the offer from UCLA to come play for them, allowing her to realize a childhood dream
Bre Sabala has found her FIT and can honestly say that she really enjoyed the recruiting process. Per Bre, "I really bonded with my coaches right away, they were really cool and made me feel very comfortable about talking and asking them questions. It's really close to home, being so close to my family and going through a lot of health issues with my mom, staying close seemed realistic to be able to come home and tend to my mom whenever she needed it. East Bay is a small and great campus I really enjoyed everything about it." As for the other schools that Bre was looking at, they included: Monterey Bay, San Jose State and of course East Bay. Bre plans to major in Criminal Justice and join the police academy after she graduates from East Bay; her long term goal is to become a police officer and later a detective. Bre has many great memories about her recruiting process, sharing that "it was always a great feeling to hear when a coach was interested in you. I couldn't thank Coach Bob and Coach Joe enough for all they have done for me. They've taught me so many things that I will take with me for the rest of my life." Bre also added special thanks to "Bob, Kit and Frankie Perales for doing so much for me and my family, for taking care of me when I needed them during hard times. I am forever grateful for the Perales family."
Alex at Ohio Valley University after her verbal commitment
Ever since we started working with Randy Villazon from Fastpitch Media, to produce our highly recognized player skills videos, we knew he was someone who fit right in to the Sting family. As you work with someone, you get to know more about them and get excited to celebrate their accomplishments!
These past few months have been wonderful for Randy and we just had to share!
Randy's family grew in February, when Randy and his wife welcomed a baby boy to the Villazon household. In addition to his family growing, Randy also grew his business to the point that he needed to upgrade his booth that he brings to tournaments (photo below) because of overwhelming demand for his skills videos services. And to complete the happy news, Randy and his daughter went on a round of college visits and his daughter found her fit! Much like our other Sting players, academics, the coaching staff and the feeling you get when you step on campus at "your" school all came together at OVU.
Congratulations, Randy and family!
Japanese National Team player Misato Kawano and Sting's own Mari Kawano
When Mari Kawano was in Huntington Beach this summer, she had the good fortune to be there during the World Cup of softball. And as luck would have it, Japan was playing in the tourney.
Go back to the 2008 Olympics, when softball was still a recognized sport and this is where this journey began. Mari watched the Olympics and saw Misato Kawano, who played for the Japanese Olympic team. Having a namesake in the Olympics was amazing and Mari was hooked! When Mari saw the last name, she knew it would be cool to have her uniform. Unlike the U.S., where we can get the merchandise of our favorite Team USA , NPF and collegiate players, Japan doesn't market their players unforms. With tremendous help from a cousin in Japan, who not only tracked down the uniform manufacturer, but was able to have a custom/fitted uniform made and obtain a personalized autograph from Misato herself for Mari! So, fast forward to this past summer of 2014, in Irvine, California. Mari and her family were able to watch the Japanese national team play, meet her "namesake" player and proudly tell her about the autographed uniform she had! A great story and an example of how the softball world can be so special!
Some of our 2014 Seniors - Sabrina (NDNU), Kat (Monterey Bay), Mandy (MIT), Mari (UH-Hilo)) and Ally (Amherst)
San Jose Sting 12U at Nationals, with Jessica Mendoza
#21... Allison Walljasper (P, San Jose Sting)--LSU
Allison is an imposing figure in the circle and is another big, strong pitcher with good movement on her pitches. She has also had success at every level--Allison led her San Jose Sting 14U team to an ASA National Championship in 2010 and led the 18U Sting team to a third place finish in the PGF 2012 National Championship tournament. At the high school level she led her team to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV title and the No. 1 ranking the Div. III state rankings. The 1st Team All-State selection finished her junior year with an 18-2 record and a 0.47 ERA while also hitting .482 and driving in 20 runs. She battled through injuries last summer but when healthy is one of the best and has All-American potential when she hits the SEC.
Fastpitch Media 2014 event booth
Desiree Severance has enjoyed tremendous success this past year as the starting pitcher for Mitty High School, earning many accolades. She brought that success to her travel career, in the hopes of catching her dream school's eye to continue her softball at the collegiate level. Desiree had numerous colleges at the top of her list, in addition to Drexel, most notably: UPenn, Long Beach State and UC Davis. She had also garnered interest from Colgate, Sac State and Lehigh University, adding to the list above.
At the end of the day, it came down to FIT! At her unofficial visit at Drexel, she just knew this was her school - she fell in love with the school and the city environment was "amazing" to quote Des. The coaching staff and team made her feel so welcome and to top it off, they had the majors she wanted to study, Sports Psychology/Sports Management! Des will be the 2nd player from the San Jose Sting/Mitty to play for Drexel; Sylvia Llamas is a current player at Drexel and attended MItty.
Her most memorable moments from the recruiting experience were:
- Getting her first email from Coach Ervin
- Going on her unofficial visit to Philadelphia and staying with the team
- Calling Coach Ervin to let her know that she wanted to become a Dragon!
Congratulations Desiree, Stewart and Lisa!
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West Point breeds leaders, that is their focus. Playing softball for a military academy can seem like a daunting goal to near impossible for most, but not Maddie Kim. Small in stature, but with power that always surprised her opponents and college coaches, she generated alot of attention this past season. Coming off of a solid high school season, Maddie went right to work with upping that momentum in her travel ball summer campaign. She immediately caught the eye of lots of top schools including West Point (Army)softball. Understand that the application process for a military academy is much more rigorous and demanding, but the opportunity is hard to match!
Maddie had a stellar list of West point, UPenn, UC Davis and Colgate - all whom had expressed serious interest in her. In fact, UPenn had called her their top 2015 recruit!
After attending a camp at West Point in June and then a visit this past Fall to see Stanford play Army, Maddie knew that she had found her FIT! Her key reasons for choosing West Point (Army) are:
1) An opportunity to get a world class education as an athlete
2) Able to play for a great coaching staff- Head Coach DePolo, Asst. Coaches Ty and Cantillo, who believe in Maddie and are friendly, caring and very approachable
3) Wanting to give back as her Grandpa had always taught her, as well as, follwoing in her Uncle's footsteps. Maddie's Uncle Scott is a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard and he gave Maddie his blessing to attend West Point!
Maddie is interested in majoring in either pre-med or computer science. And her most memorable moments from her recruiting experience are:
1) "Seeing Coach DePolo actually come out to watch me play in Huntington Beach"
2) "Watching Army vs. Stanford football game from the field standing with more than 4,000 cadets in Michie stadium"
3) "Meeting the softball team at a tailgate event hosted by Coach DePolo and seeing how friendly, helpful, girly and down to earth they all were. I was even able to visit one of the cadet's dorm rooms too"
4) "Watching West Point softball take on Marist, meeting the Dean of Admissions at the game and watching the softball team saluting to the national anthem"
Maddie will be the first San Jose Sting player to attend West Point!!
Congratulations to Maddie,Dave and Meeran!
Maddie and the Army softball coaching staff. L to R: Asst. Coach Cantillo, Asst. Coach Singleton, Maddie and Head Coach DePolo
The Sting invasion of Cal Poly continues.....Megan Nordin will be joining her older sister, along with several other Sting players, who will play for Coach Condon at Cal Poly. Megan's list came into focus this past summer, with Cal Poly as her top choice. Megan was very interested in colleges in California that would provide a high quality of education, along with a competitive softball program. Cal Poly certainly met that criteria, plus being only 3 hours away from home was an added bonus!
In addition to Cal Poly, Megan was also looking at Sonoma State, Fullerton and Long Beach; with these colleges expressing interest in her as well.
Megan's top 3 memorable moments from the recruiting experience are:
1) Visiting the campus and attending many Cal Poly camps
2) Having Coach Condon see Megan hit a triple from her car, as she was leaving the tournament and letting Megan know that she had seen the triple!
3) Talking to Coach Condon and having coach tell her that they would "love to have me"!
Megan is planning on majoring in business at Cal Poly.
Congratulations to Megan and the Nordin family!!
Adriana was focused on some key components in her college search. She was looking for colleges that were close to home, so that her family could watch her play. The coaching staff was also a key factor, as well as, she really wanted a big city environment. She had looked at SF State, where her older sister Marisa had enjoyed success both academically and athletically; but Adriana was ready to make her own mark.
Intending to major in Criminal Justice, San Jose State was the perfect fit on all fronts for Adriana.
Adriana's three most memorables from the recruiting experience have been:
- finding out Coach Turner was interested in her
- finding out Coach Turner was interested in her
- the campus tour
- the Spartan softball camp
Congratulations Adriana, we are very proud of you!
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