Chloe Douglass of Orono and Shelby Obert of Norridgewock are among the seven commitments the University of Maine softball program has received for the 2013–2014 season, head coach Lynn Coutts announced in a news release Tuesday.
Rachel Harvey (Southington, Conn.), Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, Conn.), Nikki Misner (Tampa, Fla.), Maddie Moore (McLean, Va.), and Samantha Ralphs (O’Fallon, Ill.) will also join the Black Bears as freshmen this fall.
Douglass, who caught and played shortstop for Orono High School, captained the Red Riots her junior and senior seasons. Douglass was named first team all-conference at shortstop and the Class C player of the year.
Obert, a utility player from Skowhegan High School was named the Morning Sentinel Player of the Year after helping lead her squad to an Eastern Maine championship in 2013. Obert compiled a four-year average of .506 with 24 RBI, four home runs and a .624 on-base percentage while only striking out three times. She played travel team softball with the Maine Thunder.
Harvey, who caught and played third and the outfield at Southington High School, batted .366 with 34 RBI and four home runs as a captain her senior season. A four-year varsity starter, Harvey was named all-state in 2013. Harvey also played for the CT Charmers U-18 Gold squad.
Lennon, who played shortstop at Brookfield High School, also competed with the CT Charmers U-18 gold squad. Lennon played four years of varsity ball while compiling a .450 average and a .560 on-base percentage.
Misner, a pitcher at H.B. Plant High School, finished her career with a 1.95 ERA and an opponent batting average of .247, opponent on-base percentage of .249 and a 1.000 fielding percentage. Misner helped lead her team to 6A district championships in 2010 and 2011 and a 2013 Palm Harbor tournament championship in 2013.
Moore, who caught and played first and second base at McLean High School, captained the squad her senior year while being named first team all-district at catcher, second team all-region, honorable mention all-metro area and team MVP after her senior year.
Ralphs, an outfielder at Nansemond River and O’Fallon Township, received numerous accolades throughout her high school career as she was named first team all-conference, first team all-metro, second team all-state, second team all-metro, second team all-conference, and second team all-state in her four years.
The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
UMaine hockey alumni weekend set
The University of Maine hockey program will salute former Maine hockey players during its 2013 Alumni Weekend celebration this weekend.
The events will reunite former players, coaches and staff and provide the public with an opportunity to connect with them.
The public is invited to a Meet the Alumni Barbecue under the tent in the Alfond Arena parking area on Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m.
New Maine hockey coach Dennis “Red” Gendron will be saluting the 1988 and 1993 teams for their accomplishments. The 1993 national championship team finished with a 42-1-2 record and the 1988 Black Bears were the first UMaine hockey team to make it to what is now known as the Frozen Four.
Admission to the barbecue is $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.
As a finale to the Alumni Weekend, former UMaine hockey players will participate in the Alumni Hockey Game at 10 a.m. Sunday at Alfond Arena. Admission is $3 per person or $10 maximum per family.
Those seeking more information may contact the Friends of Maine Hockey president, Cheri Damon, at email@example.com or 207-949-4745.
Colby names two assistant coaches
Linnea Koons Morrison, who has a background in skiing and cycling, has been named assistant Nordic ski coach at Colby College.
Koons Morrison will work under Colby head coach Tracey Cote, who heads into her 15th year with the Mules in the 2013-14 academic year.
Koons Morrison raced on a club team at Cornell and gained experience skiing, helping to manage all aspects of the program, and had coaching responsibilities.
Koons Morrison was a professional cyclist from 2010 to 2012, racing throughout North America in mountain and cyclocross disciplines. She recently moved to Sidney and was a volunteer coach for the Central Maine Ski Club last winter.
Colby has also named John Leighton, who has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, as an assistant coach for the school’s volleyball team.
Leighton will work under 19th-year Colby head coach Candice Parent. The Mules open the season Friday, Sept. 6.
Leighton spent the past eight years as the first assistant coach at The College of Saint Rose, an NCAA Division II school. Saint Rose had a 134-92 record and two NCAA tourney appearances during Leighton’s eight years.
Leighton, a native of Maine, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and added his master’s degree while at Saint Rose.
Bowdoin grad moves step closer to NCAA award
Bowdoin College graduate Elena Crosley has been named as one of the top 30 honorees for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year.
Crosley, a 2013 Bowdoin grad who was the nominee of the New England Small College Athletic Conference, is one of just 10 Division III finalists among the group of 30. In September, three finalists from each division will be selected as the nine finalists for the award, which will be announced at an annual ceremony in Indianapolis on October 20.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991.
Crosley was a steady presence on the Polar Bear field hockey team’s defensive unit, while excelling in the classroom and in the community. Graduating with a degree in mathematics and with a minor in biology, Crosley was recognized by Bowdoin’s mathematics department numerous times throughout her four years in Brunswick.
A two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, Crosley was also honored twice on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Team.