Centre softball adding three Danville players

May 11, 2004

Three Danville High School seniors will keep playing softball together next year at Centre College.

Monica Vonderbrink, Courtney Frye and Amber Wood have all committed to playing for the Colonels.

Vonderbrink, a shortstop, is the daughter of Centre tennis coach Matt Vonderbrink. Frye, a first baseman and third baseman, is the daughter of Centre head football coach Andy Frye. Wood is an outfielder.

"I have had the opportunity to watch all three ladies play in high school and am looking forward to coaching them in college," said head coach Wendie Austin-Robinson.

Centre will also add outfielders Maggie Blackburn of Tates Crerek and Laura Hufnagle of Bryan Station to next year's team.

The only pitcher joining the team will be Sacred Heart's Julia Hubbard. As a sophomore Hubbard pitched in the state tournament where she made the all-tournament team.


"We are so excited to have Julia. She will add much needed depth to our pitching rotation. We look forward to great things from her," said Austin-Robinson.

The Colonels are also adding three other Louisville players - middle infielder Lindsey Willett of Presentation, outfielder Holly Bradford of Ballard and outfielder Shannon Leahy of Eastern. The only out of state addition will be Sarah Frazier, a shortstop from Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

"We are so excited about all the new freshmen. They are a very talented class that will give us much needed depth," Austin-Robinson said.

Centre finished the regular season 16-16 and earned a spot in the SCAC Tournament. The Colonels only lose two seniors, Jessica Chilsey and Lindy Pritchard, off this year's team.

Men's Soccer

Louisville's Pat McMahon turned down chances to play for Division I schools Maryland, Tulsa and Rollins to commit to the Centre men's soccer team.

"He will be a massive person in our midfield," Centre coach Jeb Burch said.

Burch also is adding South Carolina's Olympic Development goalkeeper Cris Creger to help offset the loss of All-American Jacob Sither.

Burch also says Dayton's Matt Kowaleski will be the team's fastest player next year. Burch also hopes he added scoring with the commitments of Lexington's Rus Whalen and Louisville's Nick Judah. The Colonels are also adding Kentucky transfer Brian Kretz.

Burch's overall class includes 11 Olympic Development state players, six regional pool players, 10 state champions and four Tampa Bay Sunbowl finalists.

"We have balanced contributions from each class, the core of our team in committed to improving on last year's record and our incoming class is considered by many to be the best Centre has brought to campus," Burch said.

Other members of Burch's recruiting class are: Atif Chowdhurdy, Louisville; Sean Chandler, Louisville; Kevin Hvelda, Owensboro; John Templeton, Chattanooga; Matt Hoskins, Lexington; Robbie Crump, Louisville; Brandon Gish, Owensboro; and Matt Corbitt, Louisville.

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