UWS softball announces recruiting class

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Jul 22, 2010 at 3:57 PM CDT

Coach Roger Plachta has announced his recruiting class and captains for the 2011 softball season.

Kayla Blom: Kayla is a shortstop from Alborn, MN,she played the last two seasons at Mesabi Range Community College where she had an outstanding season in softball. Kayla made the All-State team as a shortstop. "I am very pleased to have such an outstanding student athlete come to our program," Plachta commented.

Erin Emanuel: Erin is a transfer from Division II Bemidji State University where she started 44 of 45 games they played. "Erin was an all-conference player at Esko High School and I am very pleased to have her as a part of the Yellowjacket Softball program.

Alayna Moe: Alayna was a four year starter at Superior High School and was named team captain in 2010. She was an all-conference selection at the shortstop position.

Taylor Prior: A Northwestern graduate was a nine time letter winner in softball, basketball, and golf. She was all-conference in softball and named defensive MVP three times. Taylor will be majoring in elementary education at UWS.

Amanda Monson: The catcher from Gilman, WI was team captain, all-conference, and played in the Wisconsin all-star series.

Courtney Esse: Courtney was a three year starter at Cloquet high school. She was named all-conference, and team captain her senior year. Courtney will also play hockey for the Yellowjackets in 2010-2011.

Plachta has named his captains for the 2011 season, they will be All-Conference and All-Region players Ashley Martin, Taylor VanDamme, and junior outfielder Ashlee Olson.

"I have picked three of the hardest working young ladies on our team and I am very confident they will do a tremendous job as leaders of the team and in the community as well. I couldn't be more proud to have three Superior girls as captains of the Yellowjackets. This is the first time this has happened in my 10 years as coach here at UWS. They not only work hard as softball players, but in the classroom and community as well and I am very proud of them," said Plachta.

Courtesy: UWS Athletics