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Iowa Softball Newsletter
Iowa Softball Gives Back to the Community Iowa Softball has always been involved
McDonald House, Iowa City Hospice,
service project has taught me selflessness.
in community service, but this year’s
Iowa City Animal Shelter, VA Hospital.
I cannot help but realize how truly blessed
team has taken service a step further. In the past the Hawkeyes performed community service as a team, but they now serve specific causes in small groups of three. There are eight groups total amongst the team and each
Each group will conduct 16 hours of service during the fall semester and 10 hours of service in the spring. The community service projects will culminate with an awareness game in the spring.
group volunteers with an organization
On April 6, the Hawk’s home game vs.
of their choosing. The volunteer
Nebraska will be an awareness game
organizations were selected by group
where the team will raise awareness for
members rather than the coaching staff
the organizations they are working with.
in an effort to give the team ownership
Iowa Softball team members will
of their projects.
coordinate all of the game day awareness
The organizations selected by the groups are as follows: Miracles in
I am to be healthy and happy and to be able to compete in the sport that I love,” said sophomore Tor Hawley. Hawley is working with the Diabetes Research Foundation. Whether the Iowa City community, national community, or the Iowa softball team, it is certain that no one will come away from this experience unchanged.
activities with their respective organizations.
Motion (helps kids with physical and
The Hawks are more than happy to give
mental Disabilities), Beading for
back to those around them, but the
Autism, Domestic Violence
student-athletes are finding that the
Freshman Erin Erickson, Sophomore Tor Hawley, and
Intervention, Juvenile Diabetes
community is not the only party
Junior Michelle Zoeller, stop for a photo during their
Research Foundation, Ronald
benefiting from service. “Our community
service project with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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Michaela Johnson is a power hitting first
Kara Misel will be one of seven Hawkeyes from the state of Iowa
baseman from Texas. Michaela has immense
on the 2013-2014 softball roster. Kara has the potential to impact
raw natural power and a huge upside. She is
the lineup immediately with her bat. She is expected to continue
Claire Fritsch is a dynamic slapper and middle infielder
one of three Hawkeyes from Texas who have
the line of quality in-state student-athlete, as she is an excellent
from Texas. She is expected to be an immediate
joined the team under Marla Looper.
student and aspires to attend medical school.
impact player on both offense and defense.
Iowa Signs three in the early Signing Period Three new Hawkeyes will be added to
1B for the Hawkeyes and she has pure
starting positions. â€œWe will graduate a
the roster in the fall of 2013 as
raw power at the plate. Kara Misel is a
large number, but we are not replacing
announced by head coach, Marla
power hitter who can play the corners.
it with much because we expect those
Looper. Claire Fritsch (IF/OF, Round
"The 2013 class is going to bring us
in the program to fill those spots if they
Rock, TX), Michaela Johnson (1B,
depth on the corners, and it will give us
haven't already. We are looking
Wake Village, TX), and Kara Misel
more power in the lineup," said
forward to adding this class to what we
(3B/1B, Solon, IA) will join the
already have," Looper said.
The Hawkeyes graduate five seniors this
The incoming class will have to work
Claire Fritsch is a slapper whose
year, four of which were starters on last
hard to challenge their teammates, but
primary position is in the middle infield.
yearâ€™s team, but the incoming class will
the result will be a stronger team.
Michaela Johnson will be considered at
have to compete with returners for
Hawkeye softball team next fall.
work with women in a fistula clinic. She enjoys running and has competed in several races and half-marathons. She is also known to play a little slow-pitch softball from time to time.
Kristin Johnson (2000-2003) Where is she now? Resume: One World Series Appearance (2001), Two time All-American, Big Ten Champion, Big Ten Tournament Champion, All-Big Ten, Academic All-American Hometown/Current Residence: Cedar Rapids, IA/Denver, CO Current Occupation: Physical Therapist and Assistant Coach for Regis Softball (Division II) Since Graduating From Iowa: Played three seasons in the National Professional Fastpitch League and spent one season as an assistant coach at the University of Maine. Graduated from Regis with a graduate degree in Physical Therapy (3 year program) and an assistant coach at Regis (5 seasons). She made a trip to Ethiopia 2 years ago to
Favorite memory from Iowa: “There are several great memories from my time at Iowa, many of them playing but most of them off of the field. Perhaps my strongest game memory comes from 2001 when we beat Notre Dame in the regional tournament for a birth in the World Series. The game itself involved contributions from several players and although it was close much of the game, there came a point when I knew we were going to win. The sense of confidence and cohesion was felt by all and seemed almost palpable. This accomplishment was even sweeter due to the fact our team had worked through several difficult challenges over the course of that season. In the end we found a way to work through those challenges and come together as a unit.”
A Sneak Peek
Pearl field will get banners for the upcoming season similar to the artist’s rendering above. The banners pictured above are not the exact banners, but the rendering is similar. In addition to improving the aesthetic appearance, the banners will cut down on the wind that hits the fans. The banners on the back of the stadium will honor Iowa’s All-Americans (left).
Iowa Softball Newsletter
2013 IOWA SOFTBALL ROSTER 1 Aspen Rhodes
Fr. Van Meter, IA
2 Erin Erickson
Fr. Oakland, CA
3 Micaela Whitney
Fr. Omaha, NE
4 Megan Blank
So. Culver City, CA
5 Brianna Luna
Jr. Indio, CA
6 Ashley Akers
Sr. Tiffin, IA
7 Sydney Reynolds
So. Platte City, MO
8 Whitney Repole
Fr. San Antonio, TX
9 Johnnie Dowling
Sr. Des Moines, IA
Chelsey Carmody Joins the Hawkeye Coaching Staff Former Iowa softball standout and
with the middle infield and slappers
alumni, Chelsey Carmody has joined
but she also assists with the outfield
the Iowa Softball staff as a volunteer
and hitters. “I’m hopeful that my
insight and experience on the left
Carmody joins the Hawkeye staff one year after graduating from Iowa. She spent the past year working in her
side of the plate and as an infielder will aid in both slapper development as well as the progression of the middle infielders,” said Carmody.
10 Nikki Gentile
Jr. Martinez, CA
hometown of St. Louis and coaching
12 Sam Valentine
Sr. Centerville, IA
the travel team she played for in high
Carmody can be found in the Iowa
school, the St. Louis Chaos. She
Softball record book in several
decided to become a volunteer
offensive categories. She ranks 6th in
assistant in an effort to prepare herself
career hits (234), 6th in career runs
to enter coaching as a profession, and
(127), 11th in batting average (.335),
Iowa was the right fit. “I was drawn to
and 12th in career doubles (34). She
this school as an athlete and for many
was a four year starter and all-
of the same reasons I wished to return
conference selection in the middle
in order to get my feet wet in the
infield for the Hawkeyes. Carmody
coaching world,” Carmody said.
graduated from Iowa in the spring of
13 Tor Hawley
So. Eldgridge, IA
14 Michelle Zoeller
Jr. Mequon, WI
15 Malloree Grove
Jr. Indianola, IA
16 Shayla Starkenburg 17 Kayla Massey 18 Bradi Wall 19 Chelsea Lyon 21 Sammi Gyerman 22 Haley Hansel 24 Brittanee Grove
Fr. Ankeny, IA Jr. Foothill Ranch, CA Sr. Saskatchewan, Canada Sr. Broken Arrow, OK Fr. San Pedro, CA Fr. Overland Park, KS Jr. Indianola, IA
32 Krystal Shirrell
Fr. Brownsburg, IN
35 Steviee Grove
Jr. Indianola, IA
55 Holly Hoffman
Fr. Osceola, IN
The move back to Iowa was a natural
2011 with a degree in geography.
one for Chelsey given her familiarity with the program and the coaching staff. “Chelsey understands our system and knows what we are looking for. She has been a
Save The Date: What: Alumni Day at the Ballpark When: Saturday April 27, 2013 Mark your calendars for alumni day in 2013! Alumni will be honored at our game vs. Penn State and there will be a BBQ immediately following the game. We hope to see you all there!
tremendous help in breaking down individual skill sets and allowing groups to get more instruction,” says assistant coach, Adrianna Baggetta. Carmody works both with the offense and defense. She primarily works
Iowa Softball Alumni, Chelsey Carmody joins the Hawkeye coaching staff for the 2012-2013 season.
December 2012 Iowa Softball Alumni Newsletter