These girls have built strong bonds and friendships over the last 3 years of playing together. They celebrate the good times, get through the tough times and laugh each other out of a mental slump. Softball has taught them the importance of being strong physically and mentally. These girls walk through teenage life with confidence.
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In May 2013, the town of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas were struck by a devastating EF5 tornado. Winds reached 210 miles per hour and the twister stayed on the ground for 39 minutes, destroying homes, businesses and 2 public elementary schools. Twenty-four people lost their lives and 377 were injured that terrible day.
One of those killed was a 9 year-old girl named Sydney, a third-grader at Plaza Towers Elementary School, and a softball player with "Bring It" a local ASA softball team. In addition to the loss of their child, the Angle family home was destroyed in the storm, leaving Sydney's parents, sister and brother without shelter.
Oregon Thunder '96 was scheduled to travel to Okalahoma City in June for the Hall of Fame National Qualifier Tournament and felt the call to help the Angle family. Our Thunder family and friends raised $860 in donations for the Angles. The Thunder girls now wear decals on their batting helmets with the state of Okalahoma and Sydney's #35 in her memory. Thunder girls and families visited the site of Plaza Towers Elementary, Syndey's school, and were awed by the total devastation that we witnessed, but were also touched by the unity of the community and work being done to clear out the rubble, rebuild and restart their lives. The rest of the Thunder 96 season has been dedicated to Sydney's memory.
During the teams time in Oklahoma City they also played in the Hall of Fame softball tournament where they earned a berth for the USA/ASA National tournament. They leave next week to participate in this tournament in San Jose, California with 138 teams from around the nation.
Alyssa Davis played in the Thunder organization for eight years and began her career at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls Oregon in 2013. Alyssa is having a banner freshman year leading the team with a .370 batting average with 8 doubles and 9 homerunsat about the halfway point in their season.
The following article was written after her first games this season:
REDDING, Calif. – Freshman Alyssa Davis put the Owls on the board with a 1st Inning two-run homerun, while senior hurler Taylor Schmidt held Vanguard University to a single run as ninth-ranked Oregon held on for a 2-1 victory in game 1 of the Simpson University Tournament. Five Homeruns would push the Owls to a 9-1 win over Arizona Christian in game 2, while Schmidt returned to the circle in game 3 and hurled a four-hit shutout helping Tech to a three-game sweep on the day.
The three victories today improve the ninth-ranked Owls to 5-1 to start the 2013 campaign.
Schmidt picked up her first win in the circle on the season as the senior struck out five and walked none versus VU in game 1.
Tech recorded just three hits with Davis’ second homerun of the season being enough run support for the Owls. Shauna Collins scored a run after a 1st inning single, while Sara Coates was the only other Owl with a single in the game.
Way to Go Alyssa, your Thunder Family is very proud.
When we started Thunder in 2000 with one team and twelve girls we never dreamed 13 years later we would have teams for girls from the ages of 10 - 18. After 12 seasons heading into our 13th we are proud to report we have 25 girls that have played or are going to play college softball. We are proud of each and every one of them!
Name Grad Year College Division
Stephanie Vanoudenhaegan 2007 Pacific University NCAA DIII
Ashlie Allison 2008 Concordia NAIA
Jordyn Brown 2008 Concordia NAIA
Emma Armstrong 2008 Northwest Christian University NAIA
Jenna Scribner 2008 Pacific University NCAA DIII
Chelsea Schriber 2009 Mt. Hood CC/Corban Univ. NWAACC/NAIA
Dacia Hale 2009 College of Siskiyous/LA Tech CCCAA/NCAA DI
Chauntae Sublet 2010 Oregon Tech NAIA
Sara Del Balzo 2010 Wellesley College NCAA DIII
Stephanie Lascelles 2010 College of Siskiyous CCCAA
McKenzie Marshall 2010 Shasta College/Concordia Univ. CCCAA/NAIA
Stephanie Meeuwsen 2012 Lamar University NCAA DI
Jordan Kreiger 2012 Boise State NCAA DI
Kenzie Cole 2012 Boise State NCAA DI
Alyssa Davis 2012 Oregon Tech NAIA
Bailey Kasler 2012 Whitworth NCAA DIII
Jesse Moore 2012 Pacific University Oregon NCAA DIII
Lindsay McCord 2012 Pomona Pitzer NCAA DIII
Morgan Streeter 2012 Southwestern NWAACC
Courtney Huston 2013 Auburn University NCAA DI
Jenna Stanford 2013 Portland State University NCAA DI
Alex Flores 2013 Portland State University NCAA DI
Kaylin VanDomelen 2013 University North Dakota NCAA DI
Briana Barzola 2013 Francis Marion University N/A
Jessica West 2013 Academy of Art University N/A
Oregon Amateur Softball Association grants scholarships each year to student athletes that excel in both academics and athletics. Thunder Softball is proud to announce that this scholarship has been awarded to girls in our program in both 2011 and 2012. Both were standout athletes in high school, Jesse Moore at Sunset HIgh School in Beaverton Oregon is now playing college softball for Pacific University is the 2012 recipient. Kylie Crawford from West Linn High School is now attending University of San Diego on a softball scholarship was the recipient in 2011. The girls played for Oregon Thunder Gold and were coached by Nolan Meeuwsen who says, " Jessie and Kylie are great students and are among the nicest young ladies I ever had the joy of coaching." Thunder continues giving girls in our community the opportunity to play softball at a highly competitive level while also encouraging them to succeed in the classroom as demonstrated by Jesse and Kylie. We are very proud of all of our girls.
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