Author: jmcleod

Important Info The When and Where      Thursday, May 13 – Saturday, May 15 Boiling Springs, NC – Hosted by Gardner-Webb The How Double-elimination tournament Top 4 teams in regular-season standings reach tournament The Who #1 seed Campbell #2 seed USC-Upstate #3 seed Longwood #4 seed Radford Superlatives A Hidden Gem      Destini England of Campbell has had some impressive performances this season, and is a table-setter at the top of the lineup for the Fighting Camels, A Breakout Star      Pitcher Sydney Backstrom of Longwood has quietly had a stellar season in the circle for the…

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Emporia State Deputy Athletic Director Kristy Bayer has been named as the next athletic director at Division II Rockhurst University. Bayer, who will be the first female athletic director in Rockhurst history, previously served on the Division II Softball Committee. She was set to be the Chairperson of the committee in 2020, though she was unable to serve in the role after the abrupt cancellation of the softball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She rotated off the committee following the 2020 season. The Deputy AD and Senior Woman Administrator at Emporia State since 2017, Bayer is also a current…

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Mike Candrea will serve as a special advisor to the Italian National Team ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. The European Championship will be held June 27-July 3, while the Olympic Games are set to begin July 21st. Team Italy is set to compete in both events. “I am really excited to be able to work with the Italian national team in its preparation for the European Championships and the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Candrea said in a statement released by the Italian program. “It is a great opportunity to repay the game of softball for all the good…

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Former San Jose State head coach Peter Turner filed a lawsuit against his former employer earlier this month, according to local media reports. A report from the Mercury News in San Jose noted that Turner’s suit, against both athletic director Marie Tuite and the California State University system of which San Jose State is a part, was filed on April 16th. Wrongful termination and retaliation are among the listed causes of action in the suit. Turner’s contract was not renewed last fall after fourteen years at the helm of the Spartans’ program. San Jose State posted a 21-5 record during…

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It’s Wednesday, we’re in the final stretch of the regular season, and this is the week when the Division 1 regional host sites will be announced. Originally set to include the actual sixteen sites that will host, the announcement now will instead name twenty sites that will all begin to prepare to host, and that group will be narrowed down to the actual sixteen host sites on Selection Sunday. Ahead of that announcement, we decided to have some fun this afternoon and try our hand at predicting all twenty potential hosting sites. Sources have told JWOS that the sites will…

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Southern Miss redshirt freshman pitcher Kaylan Ladner has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal, sources informed JWOS on Tuesday evening. Ladner later confirmed the news on social media, writing in a thread on Twitter, ““For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”… It is with the heaviest, but most peaceful heart that I announce my entrance in the transfer portal. I am forever thanking the Lord for the journey he took me on to get to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The memories…

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NEWS AND NOTES Iowa State’s Sami Williams set the Cyclones single-season program record for home runs with her 18th longball of the year. Wichita State freshman Addison Barnard set the Shockers’ single-season program records for home runs and RBIs over the weekend. Buffalo set a single-season program record for team home runs, when a home run by Anna Aguon marked the 37th longball of the season for the Bulls. UCF also set a single-season program record with the 52nd home run of the year for the Knights; that one came off the bat of Jada Cody. Southern Illinois coach Kerri…

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Clemson standout Valerie Cagle and UAB slugger Sierra Frazier have been named the JWOS Co-Players of the Week  for their efforts during Week 11 of the Division I season. Frazier batted .462 on the weekend, helping her Blazers secure a series sweep over UTSA. Going 6-13 at the plate, all of Frazier’s hits went for extra bases, including three home runs as she touched ’em all in three of the four games against the Roadrunners. Frazier scored six times and drove in six runs in the series, and hit a home run in each of the final three games of…

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Longtime St. Thomas head coach John Tschida is leaving the Tommies program and returning to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where he began his storied head coaching career. Tschida is currently in his 21st season leading the St. Thomas program and has led the program to a pair of National Championships and several hundred wins during his tenure. In 2004, when he led the Tommies to the national title, Tschida became the first softball coach in NCAA history to win national championships at two different schools. He had led the Saint Mary’s program to the title in 2000, then did…

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San Diego State head coach Kathy Van Wyk earned her 800th career win in a 13-10 victory over Utah State on Sunday. As the Aztecs leader celebrates her milestone victory, here are Five Fast Facts about her career. 1. She is in her 25th season as SDSU head coach. Van Wyk took over the SDSU program ahead of the 1997 season, and has continuously led the program since that time. She served as co-head coach in 1995 and ’96. 2. She is a 5-time conference Coach of the Year. Since the turn of the century, Van Wyk has been named…

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