Softball Columns

Frank Lombardo

Looking Back on the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award®

by Frank Lombardo July 02, 2021 in Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball

In an extremely challenging year for most, it meant so much for us to honor all of the special seniors during the 2020-21 academic school year - even more so because last year was incomplete. We knew there would need to be a change to our program with student-athletes being granted the option of an additional year of eligibility, and we welcomed the opportunity to be proactive. We encouraged all senior student-athletes, who would have normally exhausted their eligibility at the conclusion of… Continue Reading

Matt Gasper

Nominations for Seniors in 2020-21 Will Proceed

by Matt Gasper December 07, 2020 in Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball

As the Senior CLASS Award continues to evolve and maneuver through the COVID-19 pandemic, it has always been our goal to recognize and honor the well-deserving senior student-athletes who represent their prestigious universities during the 2020-21 academic school year. Nominations for the various Senior CLASS Award sports are beginning to open up and we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify how the award process will be conducted during this ever-changing time and address a frequently… Continue Reading

Gary Heise

We’re Honoring Seniors in 2020-21 - Just on a Revised Timeline

by Gary Heise October 16, 2020 in Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball

The Senior CLASS Award has proudly honored the nation’s top senior student-athletes for 18 years. We’ve presented awards to many amazing young stars, some of which have gone on to professional sports careers and others who have been just as successful pursuing other paths in life. The award launched in 2002 with the inspiring story of Shane Battier, the urging of the late, great Dick Enberg and a group of executives who moved forward with the idea. It has grown immensely into an ever-popular… Continue Reading

Frank Lombardo

Parity for Players

by Frank Lombardo March 23, 2020 in Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball

Every young athlete dreams of lifting a trophy at the end of a championship game. It takes years of hard work, dedication, and determination to prepare themselves to have that opportunity. Only a few are able to fulfill that ultimate dream. The NCAA has made the responsible and correct decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships. It was, and still is, unprecedented territory for all of us. They were left with no other choice, as the health and safety of everyone involved… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Highlights

by Jill Lee June 14, 2018 in Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball

Another year. Another 10 outstanding student-athletes honored as Senior CLASS Award winners. We love it! From fall to spring, the 2017-18 academic year gave us some incredibly memorable winners. So, to recap this season, we’d like to recount three of our internal highlights from this Senior CLASS Award year. Take a look! 1. Okay, let’s be honest here. Football winner Shaquem Griffin had one of the most amazing stories in all of sports this year, and we were thrilled to be able to honor… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

Senior CLASS Award Year in Review

by Jill Lee June 29, 2017 in Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball, Softball

Every spring when the academic year comes to a close, we get a chance to look back on the “year that was” in the world of the Senior CLASS Award (SCA). It’s always inspiring to remember the student-athletes who were honored and recall what they’d done to deserve the honor. This year was certainly one to remember for the SCA staff, as it featured several firsts in award history. We saw our first set of twins make it to the round of finalists when Minnesota volleyball stars Paige and… Continue Reading

Connor Casey

Braud refuses to break under pressure

by Connor Casey June 19, 2013 in Softball

Picture this: You are a college student-athlete and you’ve just finished your freshman year at the University of Alabama. You’re on the softball team and finished the season as a huge offensive threat with a .505 batting average. But it doesn’t stop there. You’ve been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American as a second baseman. You helped your team win the SEC Tournament championship and make it to the NCAA®… Continue Reading

Bill Plummer III

Arioto uses lessons learned from redshirt year to pay dividends as a senior

by Bill Plummer III June 11, 2012 in Softball

What a difference a year makes, especially for University of California senior Valerie Arioto, the winner of the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Last year, Arioto was at the WCWS, but she couldn’t play after suffering an injury in the spring of 2010 when she slid into second base, breaking a leg.  She simply had to watch from the dugout. “At first, it hit me hard and I was pretty upset,” said Arioto.”But as time went by and I realized how much support and help I had, some of my… Continue Reading

Steph Diorio

Softball candidates take excellence to a whole new level

by Steph Diorio March 26, 2012 in Softball

Thirty women from all across the country are vying for an award. At first glance, the only thing they have in common is that they all play softball and are academically strong young women. Indeed, these are two of the qualities that have gotten them nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in the first place. However, being hard workers in the classroom and on the softball field aren’t enough – these young women were nominated because they all love to give back to their communities and… Continue Reading

Bill Plummer III

Chelsea Kelley overcomes injury to complete four-year career and win softball award

by Bill Plummer III June 06, 2011 in Softball

When the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner was announced, no one was more surprised than the winner – Radford University pitcher Chelsea Kelley. “At first I was kind of in shock,” Kelley said. “I had already been excited just to be a finalist. The thought that I had won…I didn’t even know what to say. At first I thought he (head coach Mickey Dean) was kidding with me and joking around, but no he wasn’t. I was very excited and the four years of hard work – I feel like it… Continue Reading

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