Tarr Signs Three Softball Standouts To Letters of Intent

Nov. 14, 2005

SEATTLE- The University of Washington softball team has received National Letters of Intent from three high school seniors who will join the Huskies for the 2007 season, second-year head coach Heather Tarr announced today. The trio signed letters during the early signing period, which runs Nov. 9-16. The late signing period begins April 12, 2006.

The newcomers include outfielder/catcher Amanda Fleischman (Woodinville), outfield/utility Alyson McWherter (Lakewood) and infielder/utility Bailey Stenson-Norman (Auburn).

'This year's signing class is a group of great people and good students, who are all versatile athletes that play multiple positions,' said Tarr. 'Their personalities fit well with our existing group and will compliment the philosophies of what defines Husky Softball.

Fleischman led Woodinville High School to the 2005 4A State Championship with a 27-0 record to finish the season ranked 21st nationally. She was an All-State and All-KingCo selection as a senior and lead the league in runs. She ranked among the league's top-8 in slugging percentage, runs batted in and stolen bases and was voted 'Most Athletic' among the 2006 class at WHS. Fleischman was also a three-year letterwinner in basketball and led the team in blocks and steals. A member of the honor roll, Fleischman was a Most Outstanding Student nominee with a 3.7 grade-point average. She is a member of the Absolute Blast club softball team, the same team that produced current Husky sophomore Torie Coury.

McWherter is a two-time All-State and All-Area selection out of Lakes High School. She is a three-time team captain and All-Seamount honoree. McWherter was named the 2004 and 2005 Seamount MVP and was the Lakes High School MVP. She also was a member of the basketball team. McWherter is a member of the National Honor Society and is a LHS Executive Ignite mentor. She has earned the LHS Gold Star Award twice and has been a LHS Academic All-League pick three times. McWherter plays club softball for the Washington Lady Hawks and volunteers with the Lakewood Fire Department and Greenwood Elementary School.

Stenson-Norman is a three-time All-SPSL second baseman out of Auburn High School. She was a 2005 All-Area selection by the King County Journal, Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune. Stenson-Norman has served as team captain at AHS and was named Team MVP and Best Offensive Player last spring. She also lettered in basketball and was a Principal's Leadership Award nominee. Stenson-Norman plays club softball for the Washington Lady Hawks and is an 11-year Leukemia survivor.

'Amanda, Alyson and Bailey will provide an increase to the depth on our team,' said Tarr. 'Each of these student-athletes is blessed with a substantial amount of speed. We are excited to see each of these young ladies grow and develop into the players we believe them to be.

'Washington is quickly becoming a recruiting hot-bed for softball. We are proud that we were able to keep these three home-grown student-athletes in the state of Washington.'

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