DAHLONEGA, GA - Following the most successful softball season in program history, North Georgia College & State University head softball coach Mike Davenport has announced the addition of seven players who will join the squad for the 2010-11 season.
"We are excited about the addition of these young ladies to our program," Davenport said. "Meredith Sellers, Jessica Coan, Lindsey Post, Sarah Johnson, Katie Garrett, Madison Dodd, and Ansley Williams will all look to continue the tradition of North Georgia softball."
Meredith Sellers comes to North Georgia from Columbiana, Alabama, where she played three seasons at Thompson High School before finishing her career at Shelby County High School. She was named the Wildcats' Team MVP as a senior while also being voted team's Best Offensive Player. During her high school career she was a member of the All-District Team each of her four years. At her previous institution, Meredith was named OVC All-Newcomer of the Year during her freshman campaign while hitting .320, 4 HR's, 4 2B's, and 20 RBI in league play. Sellers will enter the program
as a junior and looks to add depth to the Saints' offensive attack.
Duluth, Georgia, native Jessica Coan joins the Saints pitching staff following two seasons competing in the ACC. The junior prepped at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Georgia. While playing for Judy Tenney, she was named the 2007 Georgia Female Athlete of the Year and Atlanta Journal Constitution Pitcher of the Year. Her final high school season saw her finish with a 29-2 record and a 0.32 ERA in 212.2 innings pitched. While at GACS, Jessica was a member of Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and Honor Roll for all four years. In 2008, her East Cobb Bullets Gold (Head Coach Keith Pauly) travel ball team finished 9th during ASA Gold Nationals.
Lindsey Post will join the Saints infield from McKinney, Texas, where she played under Head Coach Dan Sedgwick at McKinney North High School – Class of 2008. While at MNHS, she was named McKinneySports.net "Magnificent Nine" 2005-07, First Team All-District Shortstop-2005, District Defensive Player of the Year-2008, and member of National Honor Society (3.5 GPA). Her travel ball team, the Texas Glory led by Coach Dan Adkins, won 7 State Championships and 2 National Championships.
Sarah Johnson is a native of Powder Springs, Georgia, and was a member of the Hillgrove High School Hawks softball program under guidance of Head Coach Jason Campbell. The infielder was named First Team All-Region-2008, 2nd Team All-State-2009 while hitting .370, 6 HR, and 40 RBI. Sarah played her travel ball in the Atlanta Vipers organization under the coaching of Jessica Seamon.
A North Oconee High School graduate, Katie Garrett will join the Saints outfielders. Calling Bogart, Georgia, her hometown, she helped lead the North Oconee Titans to victory at the 8-AA GHSA Region Tournament-2006 and 2009. In 2006, she was a member of the 8-AA GHSA State Championship team. She was also named to the 2009 GHSA All-State Team while hitting .381 with 11 RBI. Katie played for Bruce Mercer with the Georgia Xtreme during the travel ball season.
Madison Dodd is a native of Calhoun, Georgia, and will join the Saints infield as a first baseman. A graduate of Calhoun High School, under coach Diane Smith, she was named to the North/South Georgia All-Star Team-2009 and also named to the Tennessee/Georgia All-Star Team-2009. Madison hit .419, and was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2009. During the travel season, Madison played for Pat Moyer and Mike Johnson, with the Tennessee Fury.
Ansley Williams, from Cartersville, Georgia will join the Saints as an infielder. Ansley is an Honors graduate from Adairsville High School, where she played shortstop for the Tigers and Head Coach Meghan Johson. She played her summer ball seasons with the Georgia Trouble 18U under the direction of coach Greg Hight.
"As a class, they will compliment our softball program not only as athletes but as students as well," Davenport said. "Our hope each year is to bring in not only quality athletes but also quality people that our university and community will be proud of."
These seven newcomers will join 12 returning players as the Saints look to repeat as PBC Regular Season Champions, PBC Tournament Champions, and Southeast Region Champions for a third consecutive year.
In back-to-back NCAA Division II World Series runs, the Saints have strung together an unprecedented 101-7 record, including 51 straight wins during the 2010 season, a mark that sits second all-time in the history of NCAA softball.