North Texas Softball Announces 2012 Signees

DENTON (11/9/11)  -- Seven high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play softball at the University of North Texas for the 2012-13 season, announced head coach T.J. Hubbard on Wednesday.
"I am very excited about this 2012 recruiting class," said head coach T.J. Hubbard. "It is easily one of the most offensively talented groups we ever assembled in one recruiting year. We have combined power hitters in Amanda, Bryana, Karly and Taylor and speed with McKinna, Madison and Paige.  We were able to stay close to home and find four Texas natives, but I am just as excited to see us reach up into Oklahoma to get Amanda and Bryana and reach out to California to bring in Paige. We have four shortstops and three outfielders, who are all exceptional students and talented athletes. Each of these young ladies will look to provide an immediate impact to our roster in the 2012-2013 season."
Four of the seven signees are from the state of Texas, including one from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. One signee is from the state of California and two hail from Okahoma. It is the second straight year that North Texas has signed at least one player from Oklahoma and the first time since 2008 that a student-athlete has come out of California. For the 2012-13 school year, the signing class includes the following players:  Amanda Edmundson (1B/SS, Little Axe HS/MNorman, OK); McKinna Kinsey (OF, Jack C. Hays HS/Buda, TX); Paige  Kisling (OF, South Torrance HS/Torrance, CA); Taylor Schoblocher (IF, North Forney HS/Forney, TX); Madison Tierney (OF, Vandegrift HS/Austin, TX); Bryana Wade (C/IF, Mount St. Mary HS/Choctaw, OK) and Karlyn Williams (IF,  Medina Valley HS/Castroville, TX).

Amanda Edmundson (1B/SS)
Edmundson was an all-region and all-state selection as a senior. She led the Little Axe High School softball team to state championships in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, she batted .465 with 38 RBI and 12 home runs. She was a four-year all-conference player and was named her team's offensive player of the year three times. Edmundson batted .505 as a junior and knocked home 38 RBI. Her team won regionals and qualified for state all four years. She was a four-time member of the National Honor Society and was named to the Principal's Honor Roll all four years. She plays travel ball for Oklahoma Exclusive Gold. North Texas was her No. 1 choice.

"Amanda is one of the most feared hitters in Oklahoma, both in travel ball and in high school. She will provide a lot of power to our lineup and give us depth in the infield as she can play multiple positions."
McKinna Kinsey (OF)
Kinsey was named second-team all-district the last three years. A three-year starter, she recorded a .391 batting average in her first three seasons at Jack C. Hays High School. The outfielder led the team in runs scored as a junior and helped her team advanced to the district play-offs in 2008 and 2009. She earned academic all-district honors during her sophomore season and was inducted into the National Honor Society. She plays travel ball for Texas Platinum Gold.
McKinna chose North Texas over Texas Tech, Arkansas Tech and Colorado School of Mines.

"McKinna is one of the most versatile outfielders we came across. She has great fundamentals and covers a lot of ground. Her speed and ability to swing away and slap will make her a strong threat in our offensive lineup."

Paige Kisling (OF)
Kisling is a two-time all-league and all-area player out of South Torrance High School in Torrance, Calif. A two-time team captain, Kisling was named her team's best offensive player in 2009 and 2011, and was named the top defensive player in 2010. She plays travel ball for Lakewood Firecrackers Gold.  
Paige chose North Texas over Washington University, Sacramento State, UNLV, University of Colorado-Pueblo and University of Virginia.
"Paige is one of the quickest athletes we have signed in several years and will be looked to provide a big boost for us offensively towards the top of the lineup. She can play any of the outfield positions with ease; she covers a lot of ground and has a strong, accurate arm."

Taylor Schoblocher (IF)
Schoblocher was named to the Texas Sports Writers All-State Softball Team in 2011. As a sophomore at North Forney High School, she posted a .556 batting average and was named District 13-3A Offensive Player of the Year. The infielder batted.484 and hit 17 home runs as a junior and repeated as offensive player of the year. Schoblocher was named to the Dallas Morning News All-Area Team in 2010 and 2011. She plays travel ball for Texas Bombers Gold. Taylor chose North Texas over Texas, Baylor and Alabama.

"Taylor will be another great addition to our powerful lineup in 2012. She has put up big home run and RBI numbers the last two years of high school and we look forward to seeing her continue that trend at North Texas. She can play shortstop and second base and will be looked to provide an immediate impact to our infield in the spring of 2013."

Madison Tierney (OF)
Tierney was a two-time first-team all-district player at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas. She batted .468 as a junior, stole 44 bases and was named team MVP as a sophomore and junior. The outfielder was named academic all-district as a junior. She plays travel ball for Texas Blaze Gold and batted .300  in 2011.
Madison chose North Texas over Texarkana College & Eastern New Mexico.

"Madison adds to our speedy outfield crew in the 2012 class and will be looked upon to do a lot of things offensively for us. She is one of the faster kids in Texas and we look forward to watching her steal a lot of bases in her career at North Texas."

Bryana Wade (CC/IF)
Wade was a finalist for the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year after a standout career at Mount St. Mary High School. Over her four-year career, she recorded a batting average of .462, knocked in 91 RBI and hit 20 home runs. She was named a 2011 Middle West All-State Catcher and was a four-time all-conference player. Wade was also named to the 2011 All-Region Team and led her team to the 2010 3A state championship. She was a two-time first-team All-City Catcher and a two-time offensive player of the year. She also was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and was named second-team Central All-Conference in 2010. She plays travel ball for Oklahoma Twisters Gold.  
Bryana chose North Texas over Tulsa, Dartmouth, North Carolina & Iowa State.

"Bryana is one of the most versatile power hitters I have recruited. She can do a lot more than just catch and play shortstop. She even pitched this year for her high school team. She has the ability to drive in a lot of runs for us in her career here, and I look forward to having her in our arsenal in the spring of 2013."
Karlyn Williams (Infield)
Williams was named a 2011 Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State player after leading the Medina Valley High School softball team in triples and home runs. She batted .417 as a junior and went error-free in district play.  Williams received first-team all-district honors as a sophomore and junior and was named honorable mention as a freshman. In 2010, she led the team in steals, hits and triples and was named the offensive MVP. She was named the 2010-11 Medina Valley Athlete of the Year. Williams also lettered in basketball and volleyball and was named all-area and all-district in basketball as a junior. She plays travel ball with the Texas Bombers Gold.
Karlyn chose North Texas over Army.

"Karly adds to our shortstop/middle infielder depth in the 2012 class. She is one of the smoothest defensive short stops I have seen in the last few years.  She has the ability to make plays most kids don't get to. Her consistent bat will be welcomed to our lineup in 2013."



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