May 25, 2004
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PNC Panthers Welcome 10 Softball Recruits
PNC softball recruits seated from left,
Amanda Pollack, Sarah Hunter, Katie Haze,
Heather Weaver, Valorie Minyard. Standing from left,
assistant coach Denny King and head coach Gil Arzola.
WESTVILLE Purdue University North Central womens
softball team recently signed 10 new players who will compete
in the 2004 05 season.
Head softball coach Gil Arzola and assistant coach Denny King
welcomed the recruits to the team as part of a brief signing
ceremony on campus.
Im delighted to welcome these talented student-athletes
to our team, said Arzola. They are good athletes
and good students, thats the combination we look for
in our ball players. They will be assets to PNC in the classroom
and on their field.
The athletes represent a variety of Indiana high schools,
and two transferred to PNC after attending other universities.
The new members of the PNC Panthers are:
Kelly Steg, a pitcher from Maconaquah High School in
Bunker Hill, Ind. She had a batting average of better than
.500 and an on base percentage of .704 through 14 games this
season while maintaining an ERA of 0.25. Kelly
has a grade-point-average of 9.87 on a scale of 12.
Sarah Hunter is a pitcher and a transfer student from
Defiance College in Ohio. A Portage resident, she was 8-8
as a Defiance College freshman with a team-leading 102 innings
pitched and 16 starts with a 2.13 ERA with 49 strikeouts. As
a high school senior, Hunter was 13-3 with a 1.16 ERA, 135
strikeouts and only 31 walks.
Stephanie Phillips, from Boone Grove High School, third
base. She won the Pride and Hustle Award in 2003, has excellent
speed and a strong arm. She played travel ball for seven
years and is also an outfielder. She has a GPA of 2.75.
Amanda Pollack, an outfielder from Hebron, scored 10
runs with three doubles in 2003. She had 12 RBIs and
committed only 5 errors. She has a 3.625 GPA.
Heather Weaver, an infielder, transferred to PNC from
Indiana University. She played in the North-South All-Star
game as a high school senior. She was first-team All-Conference
as a second baseman at Mishawaka High School with a .392 batting
average, a .454 on base percentage with eight doubles and
24 runs scored. An outstanding athlete, Weaver was also a
standout basketball player.
Katie Haze, is an outfielder who graduated from Lake
Central High School. She is transferring to PNC from Purdue
Calumet. She is a very disciplined hitter, who can play
several positions. She carries a 3.8 GPA.
Alex Hansen, of Portage, plays both first base and
the outfield. She was All-Conference as a junior with a .304
batting average, 21 RBIs and 15 runs scored. Voted best
newcomer to the Duneland Conference in 2002, Hansen has three
years of national experience playing for the Michiana Mystique
travel team. She has a GPA of 3.64 and scored 1110 on
her SAT, earning her an academic letter.
Ashley Loden, from Hobart, plays third base. She has
a .985 fielding percentage through 18 games in 2004. This
season she has driven in 10 runs and hit three doubles and
has an on base percentage of .320.
Valorie Minyard, a catcher from Lake Central High School,
played on the Northwest Indiana Express travel team and is
an athletic-award winner on a Lake Central team that has been
ranked in the top 10 in the state all season. She has
a 3.3 GPA.
She is the recipient of PNCs Patricia C. Bednar Women's
Softball Scholarship. The award was established in memory
of the late wife of Dr. Edward Bednar, PNC vice chancellor
of academic affairs, who was an avid softball player and fan.
Aubry Polak, outfield/pitcher, Hobart is currently
batting .280 and has become the starting pitcher for a much
improved Hobart team. She played for the Indiana Titans
travel team as a junior. The Titans finished 13th of
140 teams at the NSA nationals. She is a member of the
National Honor Society.
The PNC Panthers softball team competes in the Chicagoland
Collegiate Athletic Conference.