Winthrop Has 12 Players, Coach Frank Griffith Named To Big South All-Decade Softball Teams

Posted June 6, 2014 7:12 am | Filed under Sports, Winthrop Athletics
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ROCK HILL, SC—The Big South Conference announced its softball All-Decade Teams and Winthrop had 12 players and former head coach Frank Griffith selected to the teams.

The Eagles had six honors for the 1987-89 All-Decade Team, one from 1990-99 and six from 2000-09. The 13 total honors were second to Coastal Carolina for the most out of all Big South schools since 1987.

Griffith was named the head coach of the first decade (1987-89) as he led the Eagles to two league championships and earned one Big South Conference Coach of the Year award. Also named to the All-Decade Team from 1987-89 were Big South and Winthrop Hall of Famer Lisa Kemme along with Tabatha Sturkey (pitcher), Kim Lawrence (outfield), Sandy Gillies (infield), and Vanessa Glasscock (utility). Kemme still holds several school pitching records. Lawrence, Gillies and Glasscock ended their careers among the top 10 career leaders in several categories and still hold a few spots in some categories.

Lauren Paul was the lone Winthrop player named to the 1990-99 All-Decade Team, selected as a designated player. Her 0.82 earned run average in 1991 still holds as the second best ERA in a single-season in school history.

Another Winthrop Hall of Fame member Janiva Willis headlines the six players that were named to the 2000-09 All-Decade Teams. Willis, a four-time All-Big South selection, finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in games played, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases and walks. Kelli Johnson, who was recently inducted into the Winthrop Hall of Fame, was named as a pitcher. Johnson is second at Winthrop all-time in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, shutouts, and complete games while still ranked in the top 10 for career and single-season records in several categories.

Two-time Big South Tournament MVP Cari Wooldridge was also named as a pitcher as she was joined by teammates Tessa Thomas (outfield) and Lisa Kingsmore (outfield) as well as infielder Stephanie Reid. Thomas was a four-time All-Big South selection while Kingsmore earned All-Big South honors and became the program’s first NFCA All-America selection. Reid was a three-time All-Big South selection as well as the Freshman of the Year in 2005. Wooldridge, Thomas, Kingsmore and Reid all played big roles in leading the Eagles to conference championships and NCAA Regional appearances in 2007 and 2008.

Softball All-Decade Team candidates were determined based on being at least one of the following: 1) Was a multiple All-Conference honoree at one or more position; 2) Was named an All-American; 3) Is a member of the Big South Conference Hall of Fame; 4) Student-athletes must have been a college graduate or left their respective institution in good academic standing; and 5) Won a Conference Championship as a coach and/or was voted Conference Coach of the Year; and 6) Every All-Conference honoree and Tournament MVP from 1987-89 was included in the candidate pool for the 1987-89 All-Decade Team. Candidates that participated in two different decades were placed in a specific decade based on consultation from member institutions. Candidates were also listed under their primary position during their careers. Member institutions had final determination in regards to inclusion of student-athletes and coaches.

1987-89 SOFTBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Position – Name, School Notes
P – Dori Beach, Charleston Southern Tournament MVP
P – Carol Buczek, Coastal Carolina All-Conference
P – Lisa Kemme, Winthrop 4-time All-Conference, 3-time Tournament MVP, 2-time Player of the Year, Big South Hall of Fame member
P – Joy Owens, Coastal Carolina All-Conference
P – Tabatha Sturky, Winthrop All-Conference
OF – Dottie Harmon, Charleston Southern 3-time All-Conference
OF – Kim Lawrence, Winthrop 2-time All-Conference
OF – Gloria Rice, UNC Asheville 2-time All-Conference
OF – Janet Walden, Augusta 2-time All-Conference
OF – Tina Williamson, Coastal Carolina All-Conference
INF – Tracy Burroughs, Charleston Southern All-Conference
INF – Sandy Gillies, Winthrop 3-time All-Conference
INF – Mandi Merritt, Charleston Southern All-Conference
INF – Linda Richards, Coastal Carolina All-Conference
INF – Susette Stone, Coastal Carolina 2-time All-Conference
INF – Lisa White, Augusta 2-time All-Conference
C – Robin Cooper, Charleston Southern 2-time All-Conference
UTL – Vanessa Glasscock, Winthrop 3-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School Notes
Frank Griffith, Winthrop 2 Championships (1987-89), 1 Coach of the Year Award; 58-37 overall, 12-18 Big South

1990-99 SOFTBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Position – Name, School Notes
P – Tracy Bloomberg, Charleston Southern 4-time All-Conference
P – Erin Chandler, UNC Greensboro 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Tournament MVP
P – Michelle Hall, Coastal Carolina 4-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year, Tournament MVP, Big South Hall of Fame member
P – Winn Hazelgrove, UNC Greensboro 3-time All-Conference, Tournament MVP
P – Katie Phillips, Liberty 2-time All-Conference, Tournament MVP
OF – Joanne Holliday, Campbell 3-time All-Conference
OF – Stacy Radulovich, Liberty 3-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year
OF – Suzie Rath, Radford 3-time All-Conference
OF – Cari Rowe, Coastal Carolina 3-time All-Conference
OF – Amy Wolff, UMBC 3-time All-Conference
INF – Kacee Crumpacker, Coastal Carolina 3-time All-Conference, Tournament MVP
INF – Sara Graziano, Coastal Carolina 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Big South Hall of Fame member
INF – Sherry Johnson, Coastal Carolina 2-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame member
INF – Michelle Minton, Coastal Carolina 4-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame member
INF – Isonette Polonius, East Carolina 2-time All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year
INF – Denise Simmons, Campbell 4-time All-Conference
C – Shannon Tanski, Liberty 3-time All-Conference
UTL – Jessica Falca, Coastal Carolina 4-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year, Big South Hall of Fame member
DP – Lauren Paul, Winthrop 2-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School Notes
Jess Dannelly, Coastal Carolina 2 Championships (1992-98), 1 NCAA Regional, 3-time Coach of the Year; 350-227 overall, 105-46 Big South

2000-09 SOFTBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Position – Name, School Notes
P – Christine Doyle, Coastal Carolina 2-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year, Tournament MVP
P – Kelli Johnson, Winthrop 4-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year
P – Sarah Pauly, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Pitcher of the Year, 3-time Tournament MVP
P – Ashley Taylor, Radford 3-time All-Conference, 3-time Pitcher of the Year
P – Cari Wooldridge, Winthrop 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Tournament MVP
OF – Kimberly Josephson, Coastal Carolina 3-time All-Conference
OF – Lisa Kingsmore, Winthrop All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year
OF – Ashley Smith, Radford 3-time All-Conference
OF – Tessa Thomas, Winthrop 4-time All-Conference, Freshman of the Year
OF – Janiva Willis, Winthrop 4-time All-Conference
INF – Meredith Hollyfield, Liberty 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
INF – Sara Hostetler, Coastal Carolina 3-time All-Conference
INF – Sarah Lockett, Coastal Carolina 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Tournament MVP
INF – Jessica Moore, Liberty All-American, 3-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year
INF – Stephanie Reid, Winthrop 3-time All-Conference, Freshman of the Year
INF – Kristen Shifflett, Radford 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
C – Amanda Maska, Liberty 3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
UTL – Holly Lee, Coastal Carolina 4-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year
DP – Meagen Johnson, Coastal Carolina All-American, 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year
Head Coach, School Notes
Jess Dannelly, Coastal Carolina 3 Championships (2000-01-06), 3 NCAA Regionals, 3-time Coach of the Year; 274-276 overall, 71-53 Big South

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