Dec. 15, 2008
Anderson Signs Five in Early Signing Period
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Two Iowa players of the year headline the early-period signing class for Northwest Missouri State Head Softball Coach Ryan Anderson, who signed five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent: Morgan Brunmier (Overland Park, Kan.), Rachelle Casey (Beaumont, Calif.), Lauren Chatigny (Beaumont, Calif.), Jenna Creger (Winterset, Iowa) and Kit Daugherty (Knoxville, Iowa).
"We are looking forward to all five of these players," said Anderson. "They all have a legitimate shot to make an impact on our team."
Brunmier was a three-year varsity player at Shawnee Mission West and served as team captain in 2008. She was a two-time Johnson County All-Star and second-team All-Sunflower League player. She earned first-team All-Sun Country Team honors as a senior after being named to the second team as a junior. As a senior, she was named to the All-KC Metro Second Team. In her junior season in 2007, the Vikings won the 6A regional title and advanced to the state quarterfinals. She was also a three-time academic letterwinner and scholar-athlete and was active in Cadet Teaching, a mentoring program for mentally disabled students.
"Morgan is a great pitcher to have on the staff," said Anderson. "She has great movement and loves to compete."
Casey was named team MVP at Beaumont High School and was a two-time All-Mountain Pass League First Team member. As a sophomore in 2006, she was named to the All-DeAnza League Second Team. She is a three-time scholar athlete and spent one season as a member of the varsity soccer team.
"Rachelle is a hardworking catcher that loves to play," said Anderson. "She takes control on the field. She is an athletic player and she is smart behind the plate."
A three-sport athlete at Beaumont, Chatigny earn six first-team all-league honors between soccer, softball and golf and was named Mountain Pass League soccer MVP in 2007 and 2008. She earner scholar athlete honors seven times and carries a 3.6 grade point average.
"Lauren's speed will help us offensively and defensively," said Anderson. "We will look to use her in the outfield, as well as at the top of the order."
The Iowa Class 3A Pitcher of the Year, Creger led Winterset High School to the state title in 2008 and two Raccoon River Conference championships. She earned state all-tournament, first-team all-state, first-team all-conference and first-team all-district honors as a senior. As a junior, she was a second-team all-state and first-team all-conference selection. Creger was also active in varsity basketball and volleyball, student council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"Jenna is a great pitcher with a lot of movement," said Anderson. "She is a smart pitcher and knows how to get people out. She is a very crafty pitcher on the mound."
A transfer from Iowa Central Community College, Daughtery a second-team NFCA All-American after earning first-team Midwest Regional and ICCAC Regional team honors. She was Iowa Central Female Athlete of the Year in 2008 and holds the program RBI record at 69.
Daughtery holds seven school season records at Knoxville High School for hits (77), runs (57), singles (48), doubles (15), triples (15), home runs (5) and batting average (.546). She was a four-time all-conference player, three-time all-state player, including first-team honors as a senior, and earned All-Marion County team honors. She was the Class 3A Offensive Player of the Year in her senior season and earned the Golden Glove award, offensive player of the year, coaches' award and MVP honors at Knoxville during her four seasons.
"Kit is the utility player that we have been looking for," said Anderson. "She can play all over, can help out at each position, and she doesn't care where she is playing as long as she can help. Her speed and bat will also be a great addition for our team."
Northwest begins the 2009 season at the Central Oklahoma Tournament Feb. 13-14.
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