Each year, several Stephens County high schoolers are lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to “the next level” and take part in college athletics.
Throughout the week we are checking-in with how some of those student-athletes did during the 2011-2012 school year. On Monday, we looked at tennis players, Tuesday was football and today we pay a visit to former area softball players.
Shannon’s Aggies reach NCAA Regional finals
The Texas A&M Aggies reached the NCAA Softball Tournament for the 11th straight season, before falling in an NCAA Regional championship, and Sydney Shannon was there every step of the way.
The Marlow High School graduate and Texas A&M junior outfielder played in 32 games (starting 28) this spring as she helped her squad go 41-18 and finish ranked No. 19 in the USA Today and ESPN polls.
Shannon batted .254 with 18 hits, four home runs and nine runs. She played error-free, finishing with a fielding percentage of 1.000.
Shannon, a three-year letterman, was selected to the 2012 All-Big 12 Academic First Team.
Croy racks up honors after senior season
Former Duncan High School standout Davee Croy went out with a bang in her senior season at Oklahoma Christian.
The shortstop was given the title of Ms. Eagle as the school’s top senior female athlete. She was also named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and was selected to the All-Sooner Athletic Conference Softball Team.
Croy played in 46 games this season, batting .311 as she totaled 46 hits, 41 RBI, 32 runs and six homers. She also anchored the infield with a fielding percentage of .926.
St. Clair finishes college career strong
Courtne St. Clair did a little bit of everything for Southeastern Oklahoma State in her senior season.
The outfielder, who graduated from Duncan High School and attended Seminole State junior college before transferring to Southeastern, started all 56 games this season, leading Southeastern to a record of 40-16.
St. Clair was named second team All-Great American Conference after batting .312 with 44 hits, 10 doubles and three home runs. She stole 10 bases and had a fielding percentage of .970.
Miliam shows strength in the circle
Former Comanche High School standout Shayna Miliam put up solid numbers as Vernon (Texas) College’s ace this season.
The sophomore pitcher played in 30 games, throwing 139 innings and compiling a record of 11-11, with a 2.92 ERA. She struck out 125 batters, while allowing 120 hits and 63 walks.
At the plate, Miliam batted .227 with five hits, three walks and one RBI on 22 at-bats.
No sophomore slump for Bingham
Shayla Bingham, a Bray-Doyle High School graduate, was stout at the plate for Murray State College this season.
The sophomore outfielder boasted a batting average of .324, with 44 hits in 40 games. She had 15 RBI along with six doubles and one home run.
Tinney emerges as ace after transferring
It didn’t take Amber Tinney long to establish herself as the ace on the Mid-America College softball team.
The Marlow High School graduate, who transferred to Mid-America from Rose State, had a strong sophomore campaign.
Tinney saw action in 40 games, throwing 163.1 innings. She built a record of 9-20 to go along with an ERA of 4.41 before being named honorable mention on the All-Sooner Athletic Conference Softball Team.
At the plate, Tinney batted .167 with 14 hits, nine RBI and seven runs.
Edwards shows pop at the plate
Allison Edwards was a key player for Oklahoma Wesleyan as a sophomore.
The Duncan High School graduate played in all 49 games this season and finished with a batting average of .309.
Edwards recorded 42 hits and two home runs, with an on-base percentage of .383.
Whaley breaks into the rotation
Tanya Whaley got her first taste of pitching in college this season at North Central Texas College.
The former Duncan standout played in 21 games, throwing 46.1 innings. She allowed 19 earned runs and 21 walks, while sitting down 33 batters to build an ERA of 2.87 and a record of 2-2.
Go yard or go home for Roe
Central Oklahoma sophomore utility player and Marlow native Kailee Roe saw action in 25 games this season, starting four.
Roe had a batting average of .133 with both of her hits coming on home runs, giving her a slugging percentage of .533.
The Murray State College freshman catcher and Central High graduate played in eight games this season. In six at-bats, Hood reached base once on a walk. She earned her worth in the field, posing a fielding percentage of .929.
The Bray-Doyle High School graduate saw action in one game for Rose State College. Balthrop helped the team go 23-34 this season.