Stacey Farnworth Heads List Trying Out For Greek Olympic Softball Team

Aug. 14, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Former Arizona State softball player and current administrative assistant Stacey Farnworth will head up a list of North American players trying out for the first-ever Greek Olympic softball team. The tryouts, under the direction Greek Olympic and Arizona State head coach Linda Wells, will take place at the complex on the grounds of the International Softball Federation's (ISF) world headquarters in Plant City, Florida beginning next week. From Wednesday, August 21 through and including Sunday, August 25, Wells will conduct 'classroom' and on-field sessions for 33 players who have been invited to compete for a spot on the team that will represent Greece at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Wells, who continues in her role as the head coach of the softball team at Arizona State University, was appointed to her new post on August 2 by the Hellenic Amateur Softball Federation at a press conference during the ISF World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

'This is an important event,' Coach Wells said. 'It is the first on-field step in what will be a two-year project culminating in fielding what I intend to be a competitive team at the 2004 Olympic Games.'

Next Wednesday night, the Olympic hopefuls will gather for a dinner, followed by a welcome presentation by Coach Wells and ISF Director of Development Cindy Bristow, who has been the federation's liaison with the Hellenic Amateur Softball Federation during the last twelve months in developing this program, which comes in part because of Greece getting an 'automatic in' by virtue of their country hosting the 2004 Olympics. Activity on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday will feature the players who make the team, practicing from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon.

The attendees of next week's tryouts and their hometown (and school):

Alesha Argeras, Warren, Ohio (St. John's University)

Alana DaSilva Assimakopoulos, Waterloo, Ontario (n/a)

Jessica Bashor, Coralville, IA (University of Iowa)

Lindsey Bashor, Coralville, IA (University of Iowa)

Krissy Chrisztopolosz, Aurora, Ontario (York University)

Vanessa Czarnecki, Fresno, CA (Fresno State)

Christa Dalakis, McLean, VA (George Mason University)

Katie Rosemary Dedas, Allen, TX (Carrollton Christian High School)

Matine Farlekas, Perth, Australia (Teritary College)

Jamie Farnworth, Upland, CA (Cal State Long Beach)

Sarah Farnworth, Upland, CA (Cal State Long Beach)

Stacey Farnworth-Katsikaris, Upland, CA (Arizona State University)

Ginny Georgantis, Lockport, IL (University of South Florida)

Jeana Gevas, Vallejo, CA (Benicia High School)

Jessica Gouskos, Glenpool, OK (NSU, Tahlequah, OK)

Lisa Jusino, East Meadow, NY (Adelphi University)

Erica Kinnamon, San Antonio, TX (Temple College - JC)

Sarah Klenakis, Springfield, MA (Bates College)

Chloe Kloezeman, Burlingame, CA (High school)

Katina Kramos, Bloomington, IL (Southwest Missouri State University)

Sheryl Kyriacopoulos, Mokena, IL (n/a)

Marin Lazaris, Oldsmar, FL (Webber International)

Laurie Markatos, Palos Hills, IL (Lewis University)

Jennifer Martin, Chesterfield, MO (Cor Jesu Academy)

Jolene Martin, Tulsa, OK (UT Chattanooga)

Kristin Noble, Frankfort, IL (Lincoln Way High School)

Maria Pangere, Crown Point, IN (Loyola University - Chicago)

Eleni Papailias, Sacramento, CA (St. Francis High School)

Stephanie Skegas, Torrance, CA (University of Nebraska)

Angie Totaro, Roseland, NJ (University of Vermont)

Lara Vetoyanis, Yukon, OK (University of Louisiana-Lafayette)

Michelle Vlahos, Lubbock, TX (Texas Tech University)

Irene Weik, Oak Park, IL (Oak Park River Forest High School)

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