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Please know that you need to complete a registration for each age group you intend on trying out for with the San Jose Sting and bring your completed registration with you to the tryout.
Go to College Choices (on the left hand side list) to read about more San Jose Sting players verbals and signings
Jaz Jackson at her NLI signing for Cal, with her Dad (left) and Bob Perales
The LSU softball program and head coach Beth Torina has announced the signing of Sydney Bourg, Emily Griggs, Taylor Lockwood and Allison Walljasper to National Letter of Intent to continue their softball career with the Tigers.
The quartet represents the states of California, Kansas and Louisiana. All four players will enter the program as freshmen for the 2015 season.
“We are very excited about the level of talent that Sydney, Emily, Taylor and Allison will bring to the LSU softball program,” Torina said. “This class brings a lot of speed and athleticism to our team as well as a standout pitcher that will make an immediate impact in the SEC. I’m confident that these four players will continue to build the great tradition of LSU softball.”
Walljasper [Manteca, Calif.] is a pitcher and infielder for Sierra High School in California. She was named the 2013 Valley Oak League Player of the Year and led her team to the Sac Joaquin Section crown. As a junior, she was 18-2 with a 0.47 ERA and struck out 227 batters over her 120 innings of work. Walljasper was just as impressive at the plate where she batted .482 with 20 RBIs and a .815 slugging percentage. She has collected 2012 and 2013 MaxPreps Underclass All-American status.
Walljasper plays travel ball for the San Jose Sting and played a major role in the club capturing the Amateur Softball Association 14-U and 18-U national titles.
“Allie has been a standout at every level she has played at,” Torina said. “She has won championships in virtually every age group. She will be a force in the SEC not just on the mound but in our lineup. She will be an immediate difference maker for our program.”
Lexi, Holly and Kelsey NLI signing
Rebecca Faulkner (18G) has been a force to be reckoned with on the mound and at the plate! Lefty pitchers are rare gems and Becca is definitely one of the best ones. Whether it be dominating at high school or for the San Jose Sting, Becca garnered lots of attention during last season's summer travel season. In fact, in a game at PGF Nationals against the a tough Mizuno team, Oklahoma Head Coach Patty Gasso was overheard telling Louisville to take a look at this talented lefty pitcher!
With a lot of options in front of her, Rebecca did her unofficial visits and fell in love with UC Riverside! From the openness of the campus, the weather and the coaching staff, Rebecca felt totally comfortable and excited for her future at UC Riverside.
Knowing that she wanted to major in psychology, which UC Riverside is well known for helped seal the deal!
Rebecca's most memorable moments from her recruiting experience are:
- Sending out her first email to a college coach and receiving a response
- Seeing college scouts at her games
- That moment when she just knew UC Riverside was her FIT
Holly Geranen signing her NLI for Colgate
Nina is a true example of hard work paying off! When she came to the Sting two years ago, Nina and her family worked on a plan with Coach Bob to get Nina to a high academic college and develop her skills for softball. The Sting plan came with strength/conditioning, speed/agility and hitting 3-4 times a week, along with maintaining a 4.0+ gpa and having plenty of patience throughout the process. Nina drew the interest of Claremont McKenna, Harvard, Yale, and University of Pennsylvania but chose Columbia because she liked the tight knit community, academics were top notch for her major of study - Neuroscience/Premed and the coaching staff / team complimented her personality so the fit was perfect. Her most memorable moment during her recruiting was when Coach Noonan asked Nina to be a Lion and Nina gladly said YES!!! Coach Bob said, "Nina ranks in my top 5 student-athletes to come through the Sting program and receive an opportunity to further her softball career while attending a prestigious college such as Columbia. I'm very happy for Sal and Jen and know they are very proud of Nina as I am! They all worked extremely hard researching every high academic school in the nation and bottom line is the hard work showed, with Nina going to Columbia!"
Kelsey Borello signing her NLI for University of San Diego
Lexi Belligan signing her NLI for University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
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Yes, that feeling of relief, excitement and anticipation once you have found your fit! Mari Kawano knows that feeling as she has accepted an offer from Coach Wallin to play at University of Hawaii - Hilo!
Mari's recruiting experience included an offer from another college and some colleges who recruited her hard over the past 6 months. Those colleges included: Weber State, College of Southern Nevada, UH-Hilo and Utah Valley State. Mari had also looked at UNLV and UC Riverside during her search.
Mari's top 3 reasons for choosing UH-Hilo were that they offered a great academic fit, she loves the Aloha spirit and the softball program. Her most memorable moments from the recruiting experience are:
- receiving her first offer (from another college)
- her "official" visit to UH Hilo
- letting her parents know of her final decision
Mari plans to major in Psychology at UH Hilo.
Congratulations, Mari, Robert and Mary!
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 weekend 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 wacth me play in Huntington Beach"
2) "Watching Army vs. Stanford football game from the field standing wiht 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
Skills video have been an important part of the recruiting process for years, giving college coaches one more way to study players. When you find the right company to provide these services, you just know it and that is the case for the San Jose Sting and Fastpitchmedia.
Randy Villazon, Owner of Fastpitchmedia has been in the sports arena for over 15 years, between coaching fastpitch and utilizing his video experience from the sports entertainment industry to hone his skills-video talent specifically for the travel softball and baseball worlds. Randy produces high quality skills videos, because he is able to successfully combine his softball coaching knowledge with the video production side - thereby providing a finished product that reflects his key experience in both worlds. Fastpitch Media can present you with a variety of options available to suit your needs and budget.
We at the San Jose Sting are excited to be working with a seasoned professional, who meshes well with our organization's goals.
Welcome Randy Villazon and Fastpitchmedia, we look forward to our work together!
Fastpitchmedia's website link is: www.fastpitchmedia.com
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 tounament 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!!
Kelsey Borello recently wrapped up her college recruiting this past month and was happy to share her experiences with us.
Kelsey says that she chose USD because their campus is beautiful, it has a top notch law program, and she loves their softball coaching staff. Her final top choices of schools included: USD, UCLA, UCSD, U Penn. The colleges that had Kelsey at the top of their lists were: UCLA, U Penn, Lehigh, UCSD, USD, Colgate. Knowing that she would like to major in criminal law or business/marketing, her final list all excelled in these areas; which can make the choice harder, since you really couldn't go wrong with any of those schools!
Going on one last unofficial visit at UCLA and USD, Kelsey felt that USD was the right FIT for her. Kelsey's most memorable moment from the recruiting experience was the look on the USD's coaches faces when she told them she was committing there.
Sometimes being close to home can be a good thing! With CSUMB only an hour away, Maddy's family can come see her play and she bring that laundry home on weekend visits! For Maddy, her choices were all located in California and included CSUMB, SF State and Chico State. The colleges that were tracking her included CSUMB, Bethany College and SF State. In the end, Monterey Bay was the clear winner due to how Maddy felt when she was on campus and interacting with the coaching staff and team. Maddy is looking to major in either Communications or Sociology. Her best memories from the recruiting trail were her official visit, signing her letter and attending camps at Monterey Bay and working wiht her future coaches and teammates. Congratulation Madison!
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, as her older sister Marisa has 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
- finding out Coach Turner was interested
- the campus tour
- the Spartan softball camp
Congratulations Adriana, we are very proud of you!
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