Coach bernie vallier 4
assistant Coach Cody Piechocki
The 2012 Kalamazoo Valley Cougars enter this season hungry to improve on last year’s season. “Although we were 28-23 overall as a team and finished 15-15 in our conference, we missed the regional tournament by one game,” said longtime coach Bernie Vallier. “The regional is one of our yearly goals and although we were right there with the other teams, we did not make it.”
This year’s team will start at least six sophomores and three freshmen at any given time. In addition, ten new pitchers were brought in to replace last year’s sophomores who have moved on. “Last year, our freshman pitchers (now sophomores) were a combined 4 wins and 7 losses, which meant our sophomores had to carry the weight in victories,” Vallier said. The new arms should make an immediate impact and contribute greatly to the team’s success. Offensively, the team should be able to provide some excitement and do what is necessary to succeed. “Top to bottom, we should have a proven bat that can do some damage within this lineup,” Vallier said. “If the players counted on can play at the expected level both at the
plate and in the field, we certainly could have a lot of fun this season. Our guys did well in the fall, with some real surprises from some unexpected fronts. As a result, we will have some depth as a total team, with some combinations if we so choose.” With improvements to the outdoor complex and fields taking place, Vallier said he thinks it is imperative that Kalamazoo Valley baseball be as prosperous as possible. “Winning is contagious and a winning attitude can be infectious. I surely plan on us giving this our best effort and making the best of a golden opportunity. We hope to see as many fans as possible and give you a good show,” the coach said.
Beau Langs Parents Kevin & Kim Langs Position Infield Height 5’9” Year Freshman High School Climax-Scotts
Jesse Franks Abilities Excellent defensive infielder. Good speed with smarts. Can play all infield positions. Highlights All-State 2010.
Abilities Can play multiple positions. Power to all fields & can run. Highlights All-Conference as a senior.
Joe Panfil Parents Joseph & Laurie Panfil Position Pitcher/1B Height 5’ 10” Year Freshman High School Detroit Catholic Central
Parents Harley & Grace Franks Position Infield Height 6’2” Year Freshman High School Portage Northern
Joe Allor Abilities Very good closer. Good defensive skills at 1B & can hit for average. Highlights Voted Top Gun Award in 2011.
Parents Doug & Diana Allor Position Pitcher Height 5’ 11” Year Sophomore High School Portage Northern HS
Abilities 3-1 as a freshman last season. Running fastball with velocity. Control Pitcher. Highlights National Honor Society at PN. 4.0 student at KVCC. All-Conference 2nd team & All-District senior year of high school.
Philip Holt Parents Gregory & Jennifer Holt Position Pitcher Height 6’2” Year Sophomore High School Holland West Ottawa
Nolan Potter Abilities Has live arm with velocity. Hard worker who could contribute a great deal. Highlights Honor roll all 4 years of HS. 4-year starter for Holland West Ottawa’s team.
Parents Steve & Julie Potter Position Catcher/Pitcher Height 6’ Year Freshman High School Otsego HS
Abilities Can play anywhere in the field. Possesses great athletic background. Hit well in Fall season. Highlights 1st team All-Conference & AllDistrict, senior year. Academic honors: All-District & All-Region. National Honor Society. Male Athlete of the Year 2011.
Parents Andrew Griffin & Lisa Gernaat Position Outfield Height 5’ 10” Year Sophomore High School Plainwell HS
Parents Steve & Judi Shutes Position Catcher/3B Height 5’ 9” Year Freshman High School Three Rivers HS
Abilities Has great range, speed, & throwing arm. Can hit for power. Team leader. Highlights 1st team All-State & Area player of the year during senior season.
Abilities Excellent baseball sense & skills, should supply some offensive punch in middle of lineup. Excellent catcher. Highlights 2nd Team All-State & All-League Wolverine Conference 2 years in a row. athletics.kvcc.edu
Ben Staley Parents Don & Marcy Staley Position Pitcher Height 6’ 3” Year Sophomore High School Canton, Plymouth
Levi Coatney Abilities Good fastball with movement. Live arm with control. Should make contribution. Highlights 4-year starter at Plymouith Canton. Recruited by numerous colleges as a senior.
Parents Darrel & Dena Coatney Position Pitcher/1B Height 6’2” Year Freshman High School Zeeland West
Abilities Possesses very live arm with big body. Excellent control. Highlights Voted MVP senior year. Set school record for strike outs in a game.
Parents Mike & Dawn Figgins Position Catcher Height 6’ Year Sophomore High School Climax-Scotts
Abilities Excellent receiver. Hit for average during 2011 season after slow start. Excellent athletic build with very sweet swing. Highlights All-State 2010 at Climax-Scotts.
Parents Jim & Sue Goldschmeding Position Infield Height 6’ Year Freshman High School Allegan HS
Abilities Defensive whiz. Strong arm with range. Hits with power. Member of Honor College. Highlights All Star. 1st team All-League as a junior & senior. All-Conference as a freshman.
Parents John & Kelly Schneider Position IF Height 5’ 10” Year Freshman High School Grayling HS
Highlights 4-year starter at Grayling. AllNorthwoods League player in Big League State Championship.
Parents Steve & Angela Caldwell Position Pitcher Height 5’ 11” Year Freshman High School Wyandotte HS
Parents Frank & Janet Hicks Position Pitcher/3B Height 6’ Year Freshman High School Allen Park Cabrini
Abilities Power pitcher with good movement. Power to all fields. Hustler. Highlights All-District & All-Catholic League 4 years in a row. All-State Honorable Mention 2011.
Parents Brian Sokolowski & Deura Wregglsworth Position Outfielder Height 6’ 2” Year Freshman High School Buchanan HS
Abilities Closer Role with good movement on the ball. Dedicated athlete. Highlights Academic All-District, 3 years in high school.
Abilities Great frame. Runs well & has power at the plate. Charlie Hustle type of player. Highlights 2009–2010 All-Lake & Conference as an outfielder. 2010 South Bend Tribune Sportsfest MVP. Championship team baseball senior year. athletics.kvcc.edu 9
Parents John & Pam Gonzalez Position Pitcher Height 6’1” Year Freshman High School Comstock Park
Abilities Great control with a lot of movement on the ball. Could be sleeper of class. Highlights 2011 Voted MVP pitcher, All-Conference & All-District teams, senior year.
Parents Kim Campbell Position Pitcher Height 6’2” Year Sophomore High School Livonia Stevenson
Parents Bob & Lynn Higgs Position IF/Outside Height 6’ Year Freshman High School Otsego HS
Abilities Possesses good foot speed. Tough out at the plate. Can play both outfield & infield. Highlights 2nd Team All-State, 1st Team All-Conference (Wolverine Conf) & All-Region as a senior. National Honors Society.
Parents Michael & Sharon Kuntz Position Pitcher Height 6’3” Year Freshman High School Buchanan HS
Abilities Excellent arm with running fastball. Big frame adds velocity. Highlights Performed as freshman with mixed success. Look for vast improvement this season.
Abilities Has athletic frame & pedigree. Should make a major contribution. Highlights All District, Area & Region as a junior. All-league during junior & senior years. Team MVP as a junior. Honorable Mention All-State as a senior. Class Valedictorian 2011.
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Jake Davis Parents Jeff & Karen Davis Position Pitcher Height 6’1” Year Sophomore High School Stoney Creek
Billy Hochradel Abilities Starting pitcher with excellent mechanics. Possesses 4 pitches for strikes. Leader. Highlights HS-1st Team All-Region, 2-time All-District as a pitcher.
Parents Scott & Patty Hochradel Position INF/Pitcher Height 6’ Year Sophomore High School Monroe HS
Parents Rick & Christina Briand Position Outfield Height 5’ 11” Year Sophomore High School Niles HS
Abilities Very quick with bat. Good base runner with instincts. Strong arm from outfield. Highlights 2nd team All-League at Niles in 2010.
Parents Larry Jackson & Denee Dyer Position Pitcher/IF Height 6’ 1” Year Sophomore High School Battle Creek Pennfield
Abilities Possesses healthy arm & can play multiple positions. Should be a major contributor this year. Highlights Pitched as a freshman. Will be multi-tasking this season also. Played last 2 years into American Legion Tournements.
Abilities Can pitch & play/hit as infielder. Live arm with velocity. Can really help us. Highlights 1st Team MCCAA 2011. All-State honors in 2009–2010. All-Area & All-Conference 4 years.
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Parents John Welborn Position OF/Catcher Height 6’ 1” Year Freshman High School Parchment HS
Abilities Excellent receiver. Outstanding arm. Hits for power. Very durable. Highlights 4-year varsity catcher. 2nd team All-State 2011. All-District team all 4 years. All-Area team twice.
Parents Steve & Debbie Graham Position Pitcher/1B Height 6’ Year Freshman High School Climax-Scotts
Abilities Can pitch & play 1st base. Power at plate. Developing as a quality pitcher. Highlights 1st team All-State, All-League & MVP, senior year. National Honor Society 3 years.
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Rashad Harris Parents Tamara Grathwohl Position Outfield Height 6’1” Year Sophomore High School Niles HS
Mark Onderlinde Abilities Excellent speed. Covers ground in outfield. Capable of hitting .400 with work. Greatly improved. Highlights 1st team All-Conference as a junior.
Parents Scott & Jan Onderlinde Position Outfield Height 6’ Year Sophomore High School Kalamazoo Christian
Abilities Excellent hitter. Plays the game with passion. Great speed. Good hands & instincts. Highlights All-Conference & All-Area baseball 2009. 1st team All-State 2009. Academic All-Conference MCCAA 2011.
Parents Nate & Kim White Position 1B/OF Height 6’ 5” Year Sophomore High School Comstock HS
Abilities Great speed for size. Should provide power in lineup & add to team strength. Highlights At Comstock,1st team baseball twice. Team MVP. 2nd team All-State in baseball.
Parents Dennis & Carol Chandler Position 1B Height 6’ 3” Year Freshman High School Portage Northern
Abilities Power at the plate, very smooth stroke. Highlights 2-time All-District Academic All-Star in baseball. 2nd team SMAC senior year in baseball. 4-year highest honor roll.
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POS B/T HT WT YR HOMETOWN/HS
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IF IF P/IF P P C OF C P P C IF IF P/IF P C/OF P OF/IF P P P/IF OF P/IF OF/C P/IF OF OF IF/OF IF P
Beau Langs Jesse Franks Joe Panfil Joe Allor Peter Holt Nolan Potter Kyle Stapert-Griffin Drew Shutes Ben Staley Levi Coatney Kyle Figgins Sam Goldschmeding Luke Schneider Trevor Hicks Tyler Gonzales David Sokolowski Grant Campbell Matt Higgs Bryan Kuntz Jake Davis Billy Hochradel Ricky Briand Jimmy Jackson Ben Welborn Tanner Graham Rashaad Harris Mark Onderlinde Nate White Carter Chandler Steve Caldwell
L/R L/R R/L R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R L/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R L/R L/R R/R S/R R/R R/R R/R L/L L/L R/R L/L L/L R/R
5’9 6’1 5’10 5’10 6’3 6’1 5’10 5’11 6’2 6’1 6’ 5’11 5’10 6’ 6’ 6’1 6’2 5’11 6’2 6’1 6’ 6’ 6’1 6’1 6’ 6’ 6’ 6’3 6’3 5’11
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Climax/Climax-Scotts Portage/Portage Northern Detroit/Catholic Central Portage/Portage Northern Holland/West Ottawa Otsego/Otsego Plainwell/Plainwell Three Rivers/Three Rivers Canton/Canton Holland/Zeeland West Climax/Climax-Scotts Allegan/Allegan Grayling/Grayling Allen Park/Cabrini Comstock Park/Comstock Park Buchanan/Buchanan Livonia/Livonia Otsego/Otsego Buchanan/Buchanan Stoney Creek/Stoney Creek Monroe/Monroe Niles/Niles Battle Creek/Pennfield Parchment/Parchment Climax/Climax-Scotts Niles/Niles Kalamazoo/Christian Comstock/Comstock Portage/Portage Northern Wyandotte/Wyandotte
baseball schedule day
opponent Game time
Saturday March 3 Lincoln Trail CC in Panama City Beach, FL Sunday March 4* Kankakee CC Panama City Beach, FL Shawnee CC in Panama City Beach, FL Tuesday March 6* Lincoln Trail (9 inn) in Panama City Beach, FL Gulf Coast CC in Panama City Beach, FL Wednesday March 7 Vincennes Univ. in Panama City Beach, FL Thursday March 8* Kankakee CC (9 inn) in Panama City Beach, FL Thursday March 15 @ Goshen Sunday March 18 GVSU Club Tuesday March 20 @ Adrian JV Thursday March 22 @ Olivet JV Saturday March 24 SCCCC Sunday March 25 @ Trine Tuesday March 27 Muskegon CC Friday March 30 Jackson CC Sunday April 1 Goshen Tuesday April 3 @ LMC Thursday April 5 Macomb CC Tuesday April 10 @ Ancilla Thursday April 12 @ K-College Saturday April 14 Delta Sunday April 15 Trine Tuesday April 17 @ Kellogg CC Thursday April 19 Adrian JV Saturday April 21 @ HFCC Tuesday April 24 K-College Thursday April 26 @ GRCC Saturday April 28 @ Lansing CC Sunday April 29 Siena Heights Tuesday May 1 GOCC Saturday May 5 Mott CC Thursdayâ€“ May 10- NJCAA Region XII Monday May 14 Regional Tournament
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Home Away All dates are double-headers unless noted with *
season outlook We have six returning players who contributed greatly on last yearâ€™s team, winning the schoolâ€™s first ever MCCAA State Championship & finished tied for first place in conference. We have added a very talented-fast group of freshman. The 2012 Cougars will be the fastest and deepest team we have coached and will continue the tradition of working hard and playing with pride. This group is a special group with one goal in mind, winning Nationals. I believe they are determined enough to make the necessary sacrifices to make their goal come true. We will be a very passionate team that plays with great energy and excitement.
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Assitant Coach Ron McLaughlin
kelly doorn Parents Dave & Karen Doorn Position 3B Height 5’4” Year Sophomore High School Kalamazoo Christian
emily corning Abilities Very fast & will be on base a high percentage of the time. Will steal many bases. A leader on & off the field. Highlights 2 years Honorable Mention, 2 years All-Conference, All-district, All-region & 1 year All-State.
Parents Steve & Marcia Corning Position 2B Height 5’5” Year Sophomore High School Kalamazoo Christian
Abilities Great teammate & leader. One of our captains & leads by example. Great at 2nd. Near the top of the team in batting averages & stolen bases. Highlights All-Conference, All-District for 3 years & was All-Region for 4 years.
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sam Vanderlugt Parents Doug and Sandra Vanderlugt Position Outfield Height 5’8” Year Freshman High School Kalamazoo Christian
Abilities Fast. Covers a lot of ground in the outfield & will hit for a high average this year. Highlights All-Conference, All-District, & All-Region 2 years.
Parents Brett & Amy Foerster Position Outfield Height 5’8” Year Freshman High School Portage Central
Abilities Very good outfielder. Reads the ball extremely well & covers a lot of ground. Gets on base. Highlights All-Conference, All-District, All-Region & All-State one year.
katie Lorenz Parents Steve & Karen Lorenz Position Shortstop Height 5’6” Year Freshman High School Dowagiac Union
Abilities Great hitter & one of our offensive leaders. Very quick & will steal many bases. Highlights All-Conference 4 years, All-District, All-Region, & All-State 2 years.
Abilities Provides power to our line up & also will contribute stolen bases. Highlights All-Conference 3 years & All-District & All-Region for one year.
ashley farver Parents Brad & Julie Farver Position Catcher Height 5’7” Year Sophomore High School Schoolcraft HS
Parents Chris & Carrie Kotecki Position Outfield Height 5’7” Year Freshman High School Schoolcraft HS
Abilities Great defensive catcher. Quick release & great arm. Hits a high average. One of our captains. Highlights Ashley was All-Conference & All-District 4 years.
Parents Scott & Robin Olson Position Outfield Height 5’4” Year Sophomore High School Vicksburg HS
Abilities Very good in center field. Great speed & covers a lot of ground. Steals bases & hits powerfully. Highlights All-Conference, All-District & All-Region 3 years. State, NJCAA Region XII All Star.
Parents Dan & Michelle Robrahn Position 1B Height 5’7” Year Sophomore High School Caledonia HS
Abilities Hard-working player. One of our best hitters & plays a very solid first base. One of our captains. Highlights All-Conference for 3 years, AllDistrict for 2 years, All-Region for one year 2nd All-Area East team for 3 years. 1st team, MCCAA All-State.
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Parents Jake & Pam Hagelgans Position Pitcher Height 5’9” Year Freshman High School Centreville HS
Abilities Very good pitcher. Throws hard, changes speed well, good spin & movement. Hits for power. Highlights All-Conference 4 years, All-District 2 years, All-Region one year, & All-State one year.
alexis lenox Parents Sean & Sherry Lenox Position Pitcher Height 5’8” Year Sophomore High School Buchanan HS
Abilities Very good pitcher. Will lead our team to where we want to go. One of our key hitters. Highlights All-Conference 4 years, All-Region & All-District 3 years, & All-State Honorable Mention one year.
Parents Bill & Sharon Reed Position Outfield Height 5’6” Year Freshman High School Summerfield HS
Abilities Very quick & plays the game with heart & passion. Fast & very solid in the outfield. Highlights All-Conference, All-District, & All Region 3 years & All-State one year.
Parents Alan Schafer & Rene Kullman Position 1B Height 5’9” Year Freshman High School Otsego
Abilities Very good glove, solid defensive first baseman. Will contribute to our power numbers this season. Highlights All-Conference, All-District, AllRegion 4 years, & All-State 2 years.
Parents Tim Lyke & Amy Parks Position Pitcher Height 5’4” Year Freshman High School Kalamazoo Central
Parents Glenn & Brenda Crow Position Outfield Height 5’6” Year Freshman High School Mattawan HS
Abilities Great glove & good arm in the outfield. One of our best outfielders this season. Highlights Varsity 2 years.
Parents Tanya Yannott Position 2B Height 5’ Year Freshman High School Summerfield HS
Abilities Good pitcher & a change of pace in the circle. Keeps the batters off balance by hitting her spots & changing her speed. Highlights All-Division & All-League.
Abilities Very good glove & good arm. Highlights All-State one year.
molly sleeman Parents Scott & Linda Sleeman Position Pitcher Height 5’5” Year Freshman High School Otsego HS
Abilities Good pitcher with great control. Highlights All-Conference, All-District, & All-Region 4 years. All-State Honorable Mention one year.
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IF IF OF OF IF OF C OF IF P P OF IF P OF IF P
SO SO FR FR FR FR SO SO SO FR SO FR SO FR FR FR FR
Kelly Doorn Emily Corning Sam Vanderlugt Kala Foerster Katie Lorenz Amanda Kotecki Ashley Farver Kristen Olson Leanne Tuuk Jacy Hagelgans Alexis Lenox Kelsea Reed Kelsey Schafer Celeste Lyke Bekka Crow Masako Inoue Molly Sleeman
L/R L/R R/L R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R L/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R
5’4 5’5 5’8 5’8 5’6 5’7 5’7 5’4 5’7 5’9 5’8 5’6 5’9 5’4 5’6 5’0 5’5
Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian Portage/Portage Central Dowagiac/Dowagiac Union Schoolcraft/Schoolcraft Schoolcraft/Schoolcraft Vicksburg/Vicksburg Caledonia/Caledonia Centreville/Centreville Buchanan/Buchanan Petersburg/Summerfield Otsego/Otsego Kalamazoo/Kalamzoo Central Mattawan/Mattawan Petersburg/Summerfield Otsego/Otsego
softball schedule day
opponent Game time
Tuesday Friday Saturday Tuesday Friday Saturday Tuesday Friday Tuesday Friday Saturday Tuesday Friday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Sunday
March 27 March 30 March 31 April 3 April 6 April 7 April 10 April 13 April 17 April 20 April 21 April 24 April 27 April 28 May 1 May 3 May 6
@ Glen Oaks CC Grand Rapids CC @ Muskegon CC Kellogg CC @ Ancilla College Lake Michigan College @ Jackson CC Lansing CC Glen Oaks CC @ Grand Rapids CC Muskegon CC @ Kellogg CC Ancilla College @ Lake Michigan College Jackson CC @ Lansing CC MCCAA Championship
3:00 3:00 1:00 3:00 3:00 1:00 3:00 3:00 3:00 3:00 1:00 3:00 3:00 1:00 3:00 3:00 TBA
Home Away All dates are double-headers unless noted with *
Published on Feb 13, 2012