Galveston College Whitecaps softball recently signed three senior standouts from Bridge City High School in Bridge City, Texas.
Galveston College Head Coach and Director of Athletics Christa Hartnett made the trip to Bridge City on Nov. 13 to sign Cardinal catcher Abby Anderson, third baseman Caitlin Denison and left fielder Aleah McClanahan.
Bridge City Head Coach Kayla Gallardo, family members and friends were on hand for the event. Jordan Haynes and Dane’e Crawford are assistant softball coaches at Bridge City.
Anderson has received a number of accolades, including 2016 District 24-4A all-district honorable mention, 2016 varsity letterman in track, 2017-2018 24-4A all-district honorable mention and the 2018 Cardinal Heard Award for softball. A member of the 2016 USFA Western National Champions, she plays for the Orange Crush Gold 18 and under team and competed in the USA Gold Nationals in Oklahoma City in 2016.
A four-year varsity starter for softball, Denison was named first-team all-district third baseman her sophomore and junior years. She was named most valuable defensive player on The Orange Leader’s all-district first team; KOGT named her first-team all-district third baseman. She also received academic all-district recognition her junior year, played on the varsity basketball team for two years and was a cross country state qualifier her freshman year.
A three-year varsity softball player, McClanahan was named most valuable outfield player in 2018. She was named second-team all-district in 2018 and to The Orange Leader’s all-district first team in 2017 and 2018. A three-year varsity volleyball player, she was named first-team honorable mention for District 22-4A volleyball in 2018, most valuable defensive player in 2017 and first-team all-district in 2017. KOGT named her first-team all-district in 2017. She received the Cardinal Heard Award for softball in 2016 and was named most aggressive volleyball player in 2016.
Above: Bridge City High School softball standouts Abby Anderson, Caitlin Denison and Aleah McClanahan sign letters of intent to play at Galveston College. Also pictured is Whitecaps Head Softball Coach and Athletic Director Christa Hartnett.
The Galveston College softball team welcomes outfielder Aspyn Grossman to the Whitecaps family.
Grossman, a standout senior at Bullard High School, signed with the Whitecaps on Nov. 5 at a ceremony at her high school in Bullard, Texas.
Bullard High Head Softball Coach Megan Dobrinski and the Grossman family joined Galveston College Head Softball Coach and Athletic Director Christa Hartnett for the signing ceremony.
As a sophomore, Grossman hit .414 with 40 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. As a junior, she hit .421 with 36 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.
Friends, colleagues, student-athletes and family members gathered Tuesday, Aug. 28, to honor Coach Ken Delcambre, who retired Aug. 31 after 20 years and more than 700 wins as Whitecaps head softball coach and athletic director at Galveston College.
Coach Del, as he is known by players, friends and colleagues, spent a total of 35 years in coaching, including several years as assistant softball coach at Alvin Community College before joining Galveston College in 1998 to lead the school’s brand-new softball program.
Since that time, he has coached numerous National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV champions. His Whitecaps have had two National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship appearances, and he has coached 10 NJCAA All-Americans, four NJCAA All-Americans and three Olympians. His coaching staff also was named NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
Above, Coach Delcambre is joined by coaches and umpires from the Region 14 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Below (left), Coach Delcambre and his wife, Barbara, visit with guests at the reception. Below (right), Coach Delcambre and Christa Hartnett, who assumed the position of head softball coach and athletic director on Sept. 1, take time for a photo.
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The Galveston College Whitecaps suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Central Alabama Community College Trojans in second-round play Thursday at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Softball Championship in St. George, Utah.
Central Alabama’s Amber Parker struck out five and allowed just one unearned run on three hits en route to leading the 15th-seeded Trojans to an 8-1 victory over No. 10 Galveston.
CACC’s offense also shined in the ballgame by driving home two in the first, three in the second and three more in the fifth to put the ballgame away.
Ashton Fielding paced the Trojans at the plate by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Sierra Easterwood went 1-for-4 with a second-inning three-run home run.
Amber Parker earned the win for Central Alabama . She surrendered one run on three hits over seven innings, striking out five.
Anahi Hoover led Galveston by going 2-for-3 with the Whitecaps’ lone RBI of the afternoon.
Galveston pitcher Ashley Kriesel had a solid game with a total of 10 strikeouts over five and a half innings.
Central Alabama saw the ball well, racking up seven hits in the game. Fielding led the Trojans with three hits in four at bats.
The Whitecaps closed out the 2017-18 season with a 35-11 record. This is the first Whitecaps team to earn a spot among the top 16 teams in the nation since 2002.
Congratulations to Whitecaps sophomores and graduates who are moving on to four-year universities and to the entire team in a great season, which included being named NJCAA Region XIV champions.
Central Alabama 8, Galveston 1 (May 17, 2018 at St. George, UT)
Central Alabama….. 230 030 0 – 8 6 2 (42-20)
Galveston …….. 000 100 0 – 1 3 2 (35-11)
Pitchers: Central Alabama – Parker, Amber and Ray, Courtney; Perrin, Ashlyn. Galveston –
Kerr, Kayla; Kriesel, Ashley(2) and Allen, Caylei.
Win-Parker, Amber Loss-Kerr, Kayla T-2:01 A-175
HR CENTRALA – Easterwood, Sierra.
The opening game of the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball Championship did not go as planned for 10th-seeded Galveston College, as the Whitecaps fought hard but came up short against seventh-seeded Eastern Arizona College at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, Utah.
Opening strong, the 35-10 Whitecaps had an early one-run lead before the 53-10 Gila Monsters pulled ahead to earn a 5-1 come-from-behind victory.
Eastern Arizona’s Kendall Rauk allowed just one run on four hits on her way to recording a complete-game victory, while Sala Pedebone paced the Gila Monsters at the plate by going 1-for-2 with two runs driven home and a homer.
Kayla Shaw led the Whitecaps by going 2-for-3.
The Whitecaps will take on Central Alabama College today at 6 p.m. CST. The game will stream live on Galveston College’s Facebook page.
Eastern Arizona 5, Galveston 1 (May 16, 2018 at St. George, Utah)
Galveston (TX)…… 100 000 0 – 1 4 0 (35-10)
Eastern Arizona….. 010 310 X – 5 5 2 (53-10)
Galveston – Kriesel, Ashley; Kerr, Kayla and Allen, Caylei.
Eastern Arizona -Rauk, Kendall and Burnett, Kaila.
HR EASTERNA – Kotrys, Lena; Liilii, Vesi; Pedebone, Sala.
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It’s been a busy few days for the Galveston College Whitecaps softball team in preparation for the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championship, which begins today in St. George, Utah.
The Whitecaps won last week’s Region XIV tournament to advance to nationals, along with first runner-up Tyler Junior College. This is Galveston’s first appearance in the championship tournament since 2002.
The Whitecaps are among the top 16 junior college teams in the nation, an impressive group that includes last year’s champion, Chipola College of Florida, and two-time back-to-back champion, Butler Community College of Kansas.
After a travel day on Sunday and a busy day of practice on Monday, Whitecaps players volunteered at a skills clinic for youth softball players on Monday evening, where the kids rotated through pitching, hitting, fielding and other workshops. Coach Ken Delcambre and Coach Christa Harnett have instilled a great service ethic in the Whitecaps program, and the players were great mentors to the youth ball players.
On Tuesday, there was a team photo session and practice. The Whitecaps look great and are getting used to the lush green fields of the Canyons Softball Complex, which has been awarded the coveted quotation of “Complex of the Year” by the National Softball Association for the last eight years.
On Tuesday afternoon, the team went to Snow Canyons State Park for some more exercise. They spent some time climbing and hiking the impressive Navajo sandstone formations, which are featured in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Coach Delcambre is healing nicely from last week’s injury during the NJCAA Region XIV final game, and he’s been amazing on and off the field. (In fact, he just about climbed one of those Utah mountains!) Coach Harnett is an organizational genius, making sure the team is where they need to be, when they need to be there! Great coaches and great student-athletes equal a great team!
On Tuesday night, the team attended an awards banquet, where they met their host family, a sweet couple from St. George. During the Whitecaps introduction by the announcer, the ladies cheered GC Hey!, which was met with a lot of laughter by the audience! Great team spirit!
Guest speaker at the banquet was Team USA softball player Michell Moultrie, who encouraged the student-athletes to pursue their passion and to never give up.
Following the banquet, each team member exchanged a Galveston College T-shirt for a T-shirt from a student-athlete from another team. There was a lot of networking and laughter. Great team spirit!
The Whitecaps’ first-round game is tonight against the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters (22-4). It’s set to begin at 8:30 p.m. CST.
Galveston College clinched a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball Championship tournament on Sunday afternoon by defeating No. 5 nationally ranked Tyler Junior College in day 3 of the Region XIV Softball Tournament hosted by Lamar State College Port Arthur.
Galveston and Tyler worked their way through the winner’s bracket of the four-day tourney, meeting Sunday afternoon to determine who would punch a ticket to Utah and the national tournament later this month. Galveston came away with the 6-5 decision.
Monday’s championship game featuring Galveston and Tyler was halted in the second inning after an injury on the field.
Region XIV officials and the NJCAA have declared the game a no-contest since both teams have qualified for nationals. Galveston is the XIV champion; Tyler is the runner-up.
The NJCAA Division I Softball Championship is set for May 16-19 at Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah.
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Six Whitecaps softball players have been named to the 2018 NJCAA Region XIV South Zone first and second all-conference teams.
The Whitecaps landed five players on the first team and one player on the second team. Ashley Kriesel, a sophomore from Houston, was named Region XIV South Zone Pitcher of the Year. First team selections included Kriesel; Alyssa Martinez, shortstop; Kirsten Shaw, first base; Alexandria Lewis, second base; and Kayla Kerr, DP/UT. Outfielder Anahi Hoover was named to the second team.
The Whitecaps softball coaches attended a coaches meeting at San Jacinto College on Tuesday, May 1, for the all-conference team selections. The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team has qualified for the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament to be held at the Lamar State College Port Arthur field in Port Arthur, Texas. The Whitecaps secured the South Zone #1 seed with a conference record of 20 wins and only four losses. The team’s first game is Friday, May 4, against the East Zone #4 seed, Angelina College. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Live video broadcast will be aired at www.coopersports.net.Read More
The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team will host the 2018 Galveston College Island Invitational on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3, beginning at 9 a.m. each day at Lassie League Field, 2506 83rd St., Galveston, Texas.
The Whitecaps will take on Odessa College at 9 a.m. on Friday at field 2 in the first round, which will feature teams from throughout Texas and the southern U.S.
Teams in the round-robin tournament also include Blinn College, Brenham; Chipola College, Marianna, Florida; Alvin Community College; Snead State Community College, Boaz, Alabama; San Jacinto College, Pasadena; Navarro College, Corsicana; University of Houston-Victoria; Seminole State College, Seminole, Oklahoma; Lamar State College Port Arthur; and Kilgore College.
Now entering his 20th year at Galveston College, founding softball Head Coach and Athletic Director Ken Delcambre and his assistants have amassed over 700 wins in the past 19 years.
Coach Delcambre has coached 10 NJCAA All-Americans and four NFCA All-Americans, and three of his former players represented their countries’ national teams in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
In 2002, Coach Delcambre and his staff were awarded with the NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year award.
Coach Delcambre says he has high expectations for his team this year.
“The returning players have made great strides since joining the team last year, and the incoming freshmen have added speed, power and command to the well-balanced sophomore group,” he said. “I fully expect the team to make it to the regional tournament again this year, and I believe they are very capable of making a run for the national title.”
Galveston College competes as a member of the NJCAA and sponsors two intercollegiate athletic teams, including softball and baseball.
For more information on Galveston College Athletics and the complete Whitecaps softball schedule, please visit the official website.
The complete 2018 Galveston College Island Invitational tournament schedule is as follows:
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The Galveston College softball team concluded their 2017 season this past Monday while participating in the Region XIV Softball Tournament, Monday, May 6th thru Tuesday, May 9th, hosted by Angelina College in Lufkin, TX. In the 1st day of play on Saturday, Galveston defeated Tyler, on the 2nd day of play on Sunday, Blinn defeated Galveston College, and on the 3rd day of play on Monday, Angelina eliminated Galveston from the tournament with a 6-5 loss.Read More