2005-06 Panther Softball News
|PNC Women's Softball Team Signs Player
March 2, 2006
By: John Weber
Kate Golden (middle) signs
letter of intent with PNC.
The Purdue North Central softball team recently announced the signing of Kate Golden to a letter of intent for the 2006-07 academic year.
Golden is currently a senior at Lake Central High School. Golden is a three year letter winner at Lake Central and owns a 17-0 career record. Last season she was 12-0 with a miniscule .16 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 80 innings. Opponents managed just a .118 average against as she gave up just 36 hits on the year. Golden threw five shutouts and gave up just two earned runs on the year.
Offensively, Golden was equally impressive, batting .295 with 15 RBI.
In her sophomore season, Golden was a member of the Lake Central 2004 Indiana state championship team.
Golden picked up several honors for her standout season, earning all-conference, honorable mention all-state, and all-area Post-Tribune.
|PNC Women's Softball Team Signs Player
February 22, 2006
By: John Weber
WESTVILLE - Purdue University North Central women's softball team has signed Lauren E. Stovall of Crown Point, Ind., who will join the team for Fall semester 2006. Lauren is the daughter of Jim and AnnaMarie Stovall.
Stovall is a senior at Crown Point High School and will graduate in June 2006. Her academic areas of interest include math and biology.
Stovall is a 5'6" middle infielder. She slaps left at bat and her Spring 2005 batting average was 362. Stovall throws right-handed and has an on base average of 471.
She has also played for the Orlando A's in 2004-2005, the Indiana XRays in 2005-2006, and IL Power in 2005.
Stovall earned a Crown Point High School Bulldogs Softball Varsity Letter award and consecutive 2004 and 2005 Offensive Player awards. Her other athletic interests include basketball and swimming.
|Lauren Stovall signs with the Purdue North Central Panthers and Head Coach Jeff Boardman
|PNC Softball to Host Hitting Clinic
December 22, 2005
By: John Weber
The Purdue University North Central Women's Softball Team will be conducting a hitting clinic on Sunday, January 29 at Marquette High School in Michigan City, Indiana .
There will be two sessions of limited size. The first session will take place from 12:00 to 2:00 and the second session will be from 3:00 to 5:00.
The cost will be $40.00 per player in advance or $45.00 at the door (if space is available). Please make checks payable to PNC Softball.
To sign up for either session, please call Coach Jeff Boardman at 219-785-5333 (School) or 219-759-8286 (Home).
|PNC Women's Softball Team Signs Player
December 20, 2005
By: Carol Connelly
| WESTVILLE - Purdue University North Central women's softball team has signed Erin Weber of Bridgman, Mich., who will join the team for Fall semester 2006.
Weber is a senior at Bridgman High School, where she has a grade-point-average of 3.89 and ranks eighth in her class of 91 students. She hopes to major in preveterinary medicine at PNC.
Weber, is a three-year varsity starter and a two-position player. As a pitcher, she has a record of 38 - 18. At third base, she has batted .405 with a .935 fielding average. She led her team in extra-base hits for three years and is a three-year Academic All-Conference player.
She also played for the Great Lake Lightning team in 2002 - 2004 and in 2004 the team was second runner up in the United State Softball Association age 16 and under World Series competition. In 2005 she played for the Southwest Michigan Fuzion team.
Weber is also a member of the National Honor Society, is a four-year member of the Varsity Dance team and lettered in volleyball. She attended the Berrien County, Michigan Math and Science Center as a freshman and sophomore.
|Purdue North Central Appoints New Softball Coach
Date: August 3, 2005
By: John Weber and Carol Connelly
| WESTVILLE - Purdue University North Central Athletics Director John Weber today announced the hiring of Jeff Boardman as coach of the women's softball team. Boardman takes over as coach of the Panthers following Gil Arzola, who resigned after four years at the helm.
Boardman served the past two years as the head coach of Calumet College of St. Joseph, a fellow member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). He took over a program of only seven players and doubled the roster after one season. In one year's time, Boardman led the Crimson Wave program to a competitive level they had never experienced before.
Boardman will retain current Panther assistants Denny King and Jim Brocksmith.
"Jeff's extensive background, experience and familiarity with the CCAC made this an easy decision," said Weber. "He came highly recommended from several people, including our outgoing coach, Arzola, and our current assistants, King and Brocksmith."
Boardman will also bring with him Greg Kunz, who assisted him at Calumet College.
"We think very highly of Denny and Jim," said Weber. "We're happy they agreed to stay on with the program."
Boardman agreed with Weber's comments.
"I'm looking forward to working with the two coaches remaining on staff," said Boardman. "I've known and respected Denny and Jim for years. They bring a lot of softball knowledge to the program and they relate well with the players. Along with Greg, who helped me get the program started at Calumet College, this should be a complete staff."
Boardman said he was excited about the possibilities of building on the strong foundation and tradition that Arzola and his staff had started.
"There are a lot of very good players at PNC with a number of talented freshmen coming in," said Boardman. "We should be able to keep the program moving in a positive direction. I feel that Northwest Indiana is the best in the state for softball talent. PNC offers a great opportunity for players to stay close to home while earning a degree and continuing their softball careers."
As Boardman readies himself for this new opportunity, he gave his thanks to Calumet College.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity that Calumet College gave me and for the support I received from athletic director Andy Juscik," said Boardman.
Arzola started the Purdue University North Central softball program from scratch in 2002 and led the program from club status in its infancy to NAIA status the past two years.
After competing as an NAIA independent in 2004, Arzola guided the Panthers to a sixth-place finish and a conference tournament appearance in their first year of eligibility in the CCAC. The Panthers finished 16-27 overall and 8-10 in the CCAC. In the tournament the Panthers defeated the St. Francis (number three seed) before falling in two, one-run games.
In 2004, the first year at the varsity and NAIA level, the Panthers burst on the scene with a 19-20 record. PNC finished 18-20 in Arzola'a first two years at the club level as he built the foundation and planned for the future NAIA status of Panther softball.
"Gil did an excellent job," said Weber. "Now, we're excited to have Jeff aboard to keep the program moving in the right direction and take it to the next level."
| Arzola Resigns from Softball Post at Purdue University North Central
July 22, 2005
| Purdue University North Central Athletic Director John Weber recently announced the resignation of Head Softball Coach Gil Arzola. Arzola reached the difficult decision after much consideration and resigned from his position on Monday after four years at the helm.
"I regret having to leave PNC," said Arzola. "However the commitments of my work and my family made it impossible to give the type of time that is necessary at this level. There was never going to be a good time to leave and I struggled with this decision for some time. I know I will greatly miss the competition of the game and the company of the girls. I miss it already."
Arzola also expressed his gratitude to the many Panther Softball supporters.
"I want to express my thanks to Dean Coggins for giving me the opportunity to begin the first women's program at Purdue North Central, to Athletic Director John Weber for his support and to Chancellor Dworkin for his trust," said Arzola. "I also want to thank the parents and players I've had over the last four years, it was truly a blessing and honor to be their coach. Thanks to my assistants Denny King and Jim Brocksmith for their loyalty and friendship and the many other faculty and administrative staff that welcomed me and helped make the road a little smoother. I wish PNC continued success. I'll always be a Panther at heart."
Arzola started the Purdue University North Central program from scratch in 2002 and led the program from club status in its infancy to NAIA status the past two years.
After competing as an NAIA independent in 2004, Arzola guided the Panthers to a sixth place finish and a conference tournament appearance in their first year of eligibility in the prestigious Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2005. The Panthers finished 16-27 overall and 8-10 in the CCAC in their first full year of competing against four-year schools only. In the tournament the Panthers defeated the St. Francis (#3 seed) before falling in two one-run games.
Two seasons ago (2004), the first year at the varsity and NAIA level, the Panthers burst on the scene with a 19-20 record.
Purdue North Central finished 18-20 in Arzola's first two years at the club level as he built the foundation and planned for the future NAIA status of Panther softball.
"Gil did an excellent job and we're going to miss him," said Director of Athletics John Weber. "He started the first women's athletic program from scratch and brought it to a high level in a short period of time. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."
A search for a new coach will begin immediately.
| PNC Softball Team Signs New Recruits
May 13, 2005
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director, Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267, firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTVILLE - The Purdue University North Central women's softball team has signed 12 new players, who will join nine returning players for the 2005 -2006 season.
The Panthers finished with a 16-27 record and qualified for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) tournament this spring. After winning their first conference tournament game by upsetting the #3 seed, St. Francis, the Panther dropped two one-run games to end their season. This was the team's first year in the conference.
"We are very pleased with the way our team finished," said head coach Gil Arzola. "But we are certainly not satisfied. We think we can do much better and the addition of our new players will help us continue to make the PNC program among the best in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)."
The athletes planning to join the PNC program for the 2005 - 2006 season are:
Tracy Markwell, a Portage High School athlete who is a pitcher as well as an outfielder.
Brittany Huish, of Merrillville High School, who plays outfield.
Mandy Hindsley, from LaPorte High School, is a catcher.
Stephanie Zaharias, of Valparaiso High School, an outfielder.
Amanda Adkins, a Hobart High School student who combines catching with the outfield.
Jamie Dailey, a River Forest High School student, a utility player.
Jessica Fryar, a graduate of South Central High School and a transfer student from Goshen College, who is a pitcher and outfielder.
Cara Horner, from Portage High School, plays third base and shortstop.
Christina Dihenes, of Chesterton High School, is a catcher.
Jessica Brannagan, from Chesterton High School, is an outfielder.
Betsy Maher, a Chesterton High School student, plays third base.
Alyssa Whittaker, from Frontier High School, is a pitcher.
PNC is losing just two starters from its 2004 -2005 team. Among the returning athletes are All-Conference players Nikki Neulieb, of Michigan City, a third baseman and Carly Ristich, of Portage, a shortstop. Starting pitchers Taryn Jamison, of Hobart and Kelly Steg, from Maconaquah High School in Peru, Ind. will also return.