Defending Ivy League Champion, Harvard Softball, welcomes seven freshmen for the upcoming season.(photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball head coach Jenny Allard announced the addition of seven incoming freshmen to the squad for the 2011-12 season. The West is well represented in the class of 2015 as Arizona, California and Florida send two players each, while the other travels from Georgia.
"We are excited to welcome a very hardworking freshman class to our program," Allard said. "The combination of both skill and speed will be a great asset to our team this year as we work to defend the Ivy League title. We are thrilled to have them become a part of the Harvard softball team."
Here is a look at the class of 2015:
Andrea Del Conte/Freshman/Rolling Hill Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes/Infield
A four-year letterwinner in softball at Palos Verdes … Served as varsity team captain her senior year ... Earned second-team All-Bay League honors and Defensive Player of the Year accolades her freshman year … A member of the 2009 and 2010 Bay League Champions … Was voted Most Inspirational Player in 2009 … Was named first-team All Bay League twice during her career (2010 and 2011) … Named to the second-team All-Area (South Bay) her senior year … Selected as Offensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Participated as a member of the National Charity League (2005-2011) … Has volunteered at the Peninsula Committee Children's Hospital since 2008 … Helped raise over $7,500 for the Alzheimer's Association since 2009 … Valedictorian … Earned Palos Verdes International Diploma … Earned Scholar Athlete award her senior year … Honored with Overall English, United States History and Outstanding Senior Project awards in 2011 … A Princeton Book Award recipient … A California Scholarship Federation Gold Seal Bearer … Was named to the Principal's Honor Roll from 2008-11.
Gabrielle Ruiz/Freshman/Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic/Pitcher/Infield
Dual-sport athlete lettering in both swimming and softball at Salpointe Catholic … Served as a pitcher and first baseman on the varsity softball team … Captain of her softball team her senior year … Was named AIA Scholar Athlete in both swimming and softball … Named Tucson Citizen 2010 All-City First-Team Softball All-Star … Named team MVP in 2011 … Recipient of the 2011 Lancer Spirit Award … Was an Arizona Daily Star All-City First-Team Pitcher … Named to the All-Southern Arizona First-Team … 5A Division Pitcher of the Year ... All-State 5A First-Team in 2011 … Member of a team that finished in the 5A-I Quarterfinals in 2010 and 2011.
Earned distinguished Honor Roll recognition from 2007-11 … Recipient of the Outstanding Freshman award in the social studies department … Member of the National Honor Society … Named a Salpointe Scholar 2010-11 … Grandfather, Robert Milo, played professional baseball in the International league for the Philadelphia Phillies organization for 10 years … Uncle Rob, and Aunt Jennifer, played baseball and softball at Stanford and San Diego, respectively … Uncle, Tony Milo, played four years with the California Angels … Aunt, Katie Milo, played softball for Arizona.
Emily Gusse/Freshman/San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch/Infield
Starting shortstop all four-years of high school … Awarded the Silver Slugger title in 2011 … Named first-team All-Academic in 2010 … Earned first-team Eastern League honors from 2009-11 … Scripps Ranch Athlete of the Month in 2011 … Recognized as one of the Union Tribune's Players to Watch in 2011 … All-San Diego Second Team in 2010 … Division II Second Team her junior year … Member of the four-time Eastern League Champions (2008-11).
Named to the Honor Roll her senior year … Voted Most Likely to Succeed by her senior class … Recognized as a Scholar Athlete in her junior and senior years … Served as a coach of U14 club softball team from 2009-11 … Brother, Daniel Scott, played volleyball at California State University of San Bernardino … Sister-in-law Mary Scott was an All-Conference volleyball selection at California State University of San Bernardino.
Camilla Gibson/Freshman/Marietta, Ga. /George Walton Comprehensive/Infield
A four-year letterwinner in softball … Georgia 5A All-State Team in 2009 and 2010 … Named Marietta Journal All-Cobb County Team in 2009 and 2010 … All-Region 5A first-team 2007-2010 … Named team MVP at Walton high school in 2010 … Named Scholar Athlete in 2009 and 2010 … Maintained a school-record .616 batting average … Set school single season records in runs scored (42), stolen bases (36) hits (53) … Finished her career setting the new school mark in stolen bases (97).
Received a National Merit Commendation in 2010 … Recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club of Atlanta Book Award in 2010 … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Honor Society and Beta Club member in 2011.
Katherine Lantz/Freshman/Parkland, Fla./North Broward Preparatory School/Infield
A dual-sport athlete participating in softball from 2004-09 and volleyball from 2006-07 … Varsity softball captain from 2006-09 … All-County softball honors from 2007-09 … Named to the Adidas Futures Top 100 Recruitable Athletes in 2008.
AP Scholar in 2011 … 2010 Harvard Book Award recipient … Sophomore and junior class president … National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society member from 2009-11 … Key Club member 2007-08 … Starlight Children's Foundation Volunteer in 2010-11.
Katherine Appelbe/Freshman/Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Preparatory/Infield
Played varsity softball all four years of high school … 2011 AIA Scholar Athlete nominee … Named 2011 Outstanding Senior Athlete and Offensive Player of the Year … Earned 5A Division I Fiesta and first-team All-Region honors … Named to the 2010 Arizona Republic All-Metro Team … 2010 Xavier Most Valuable Player … 2009 5A Division I Desert Valley first-team All-Region … Named the 2009 Xavier Defensive Player of the Year … A two-year recipient of the Xavier Outstanding Hustle award … Lead her team in hits and runs during her junior and senior years.
National Honor Society member 2009-11 … AIA Scholar Athlete Award recipient all four years of high school … Honored with a 2009 academic letter … Key Club member 2008-10 … Served as a student ambassador from 2008-11 … Volunteer for the Andre House, Special Olympics, Beatitudes, and the Boys and Girls Club 2008-11 … Grandfather, Glen Wilson, played football at Wisconsin … Cousin, Shelby Cullinan, is currently a diver at Texas.
Adrienne Hume/Freshman/Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School/Infield
Played five years of softball and two years of soccer at The Bolles School … Served as softball team captain as a senior … Named to Division 3A softball all-state third team in 2010 … Helped softball team to four-straight district and two regional titles and two state runner-up finishes … Dubbed "Best Newcomer" to The Bolles School soccer team in 2010 … VyStar Credit Union all-star student athlete for softball and soccer in 2011 … Led soccer team to two district championships and appearances in the regional and state finals.
Received first and second academic honors all four years of high school … AP Scholar … Member of school improv team … A lower school teacher's aide, co-founder of the Project Heifer Club and volunteer at Ronald McDonald house … Also involved with TOPS down syndrome soccer since 2008 … Enjoys cooking, traveling, movies and the beach … Mother, Sally Hume '84 played water polo at Harvard … Father, Michael Hume, played college baseball at Babson.