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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 17, 2004

Krueger and Simpson Join Bearcat Softball in 2006

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State head softball coach Susan Anderson announced the signings ofNicole "Cola" Krueger (Blue Springs, Mo.) and Megan Simpson (Blue Springs, Mo.) to NCAA National Letters of Intent today. Krueger, a 5'8" right-handed pitcher, and Simpson, a 5'6" right-handed outfielder/utility player, become the first Northwest athletes to enter in the 2006 recruiting class.

"I am very excited about Cola joining our pitching staff as we will expect big things from her inside the pitching circle," said Anderson. "Simpson brings a lot of versatility to our program and will add tremendous power in our batting order."

At Blue Springs South High School, Cola was a two-time member of the All-State team and the Blue Springs Examiner All-Area Player of the Year in 2004. As a freshman, Cola was a Blue Springs Examiner First Team All-Area pick. Her single season school pitching records include: earned run average (0.50), strikeouts (304), innings pitched (222) and most wins (23). She also set possible career state records in strikeouts (993), innings pitched (780), shutouts (58) and consecutive scoreless innings (56.2).

Her accomplishments go past the pitching circle as well. She was a .400 hitter as a senior. In the classroom, she ranks in the top 20 of her class in grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, National Honor Roll and the Principal's Honor Roll.

"Cola has had a fantastic high school career and has done extremely well during summer ball," said Anderson. "We need her to step in right away to our program after we have three seniors graduating in 2005."

Teammates of Cola, Simpson was mentioned on the First Team All-Area squad last fall. She was part of a program to win district three straight seasons. Her hitting power was evident in tying the school homerun record of five in 2004 and she posted 20 or more runs-batted-in (RBI's) in consecutive seasons (2003-2004). In her career, she totaled 23 homeruns, stole seven bases in 10 attempts (.700) and had 263
putouts with only one error (.996).

In addition to softball, Simpson excelled in track and basketball. A letter winner in basketball, Simpson was a three-time all-district honoree in track. In 2004, she was an All-State performer as she finished third at state competition in the shot put. She is an active member in National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America and the National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Honor Roll.

"Simpson is quick, has a great arm and is very athletic," said Anderson. "She hits the ball very hard and is a feared hitter. We can use her at any position."

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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