Friday, June 25, 2010

Bill Lajeunesse Named New Siena Head Softball Coach

The Siena Saints have announced that they have promoted Bill Lajeunesse and made him their new Head Coach, replacing Deanna Parks who resigned after the 2010 season. Coach Lajeunesse spent the last four seasons as an assistant at Siena College after a successful career as a high school coach. In 2006 he led Shaker High School to a #9 New York State ranking.

Coach Lajeunesse inherits a team with much young talent; but also a team that has qualified for the MAAC Tournament only once in 21 seasons of conference play. The Saints finished with a record of 14-37 in 2010.

Katie Jansson Named to All-New Jesrey Third Team

Incoming Iona freshman Katie Jansson was recently named to the All-New Jersey High School Softball Third Team. Katie has just graduated from South Brunswick High and will spend her summer playing travel ball for the West Jersey Witches before arriving in New Rochelle this August to begin her college career.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jaci Rahey Named To New Jersey All-Decade Team

The honors keep rolling in for Manhattan senior Jaci Rahey as she was recently named to the New Jersey High School Softball All-Decade team.

As a high school player, Rahey was named first team all-state, First Team All-North Jersey, first team all-county and first team all-conference all four years. The 2007 Passaic County Coaches Association Student Athlete of the Year, she led DePaul Catholic to the county title as a freshman in 2004. Rahey attended the Adidas Elite Top 100 USA Softball Players national showcase in 2006, and she was invited to tryout for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. In addition, her softball number was retired at DePaul.

Jaci has a busy senior year coming up...she is a star player on the Manhattan volleyball team and of course a .400 hitter for the Lady Jaspers' softball squad.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kristin Sito Covers Chicago Corruption!

Niagara senior Kristin Sito has taken her sharp eye into a Chicago court room where she has been observing the corruption trial of Rod Blagojevich as part of her summer internship at WGN in Chicago. Kristin is pursuing a degree in communications at Niagara.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Katie Bowen Signs With Manhattan

Kate Bowen, a senior co-captain and pitcher for the Newtown softball team, recently signed her letter of intent to play for Manhattan College and will pitch or play second base for the Lady Jaspers.

"I'm extremely excited to go to Manhattan (to) be a part of their softball program," said Bowen.

Although she was a pitcher growing up, she played second base during her first two years at Newtown because Jenna Legros (Class '09), who now pitches for Holy Cross College, was the Nighthawks' No. 1 pitcher...

Video of Katie Bowen discussing her recent perfect game:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fitting Tribute For South Portland Dad

You may have noticed this past season that the Niagara Softball team wore arm patches with the letters "JK". This was in tribute to Kristin Kill's father...

Kristin Kill just finished her senior year at Niagara University, where the softball team, like South Portland's, wore a "JK" patch on its uniform. She said it was difficult returning to the field this year because of the loss of her dad.

"It was hard to think how I was going to go back on the field and play and be successful at this game that I shared so much with him," she said. "But it was weird. I remember when I was younger he would hold the bat with me when I was learning how to hit. And it was like that, every single time I was in the field or at bat.

"I knew he was always there. I was kind of comforted by that. Sometimes it kind of spooked me and I'd tear up and I needed a moment, but my team was always there for me..."

Kristin completed a very successful career at Niagara by being named to the All-MAAC Second Team and the MAAC All-Tournament team.