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Iowa Softball Newsletter

December 2012

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. “We 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.

year’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.

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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).

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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

assistant coach.

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.

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