North Texas Softball Signs Five In Early Signing Period
Five Texas High School Standouts Mark Start Of Kee's Second Recruiting Class At North Texas
DENTON — As the North Texas softball team wraps up fall ball, in preparation for the 2016 season, head coach Tracey Kee announced the addition of five standout athletes during the early signing period that marks the start of her second recruiting class at North Texas.
“We are very excited to be adding these five student-athletes into our Mean Green family,” Kee said. “The skill sets they bring will be a good addition to our current foundation. Anytime you can increase your team speed, athleticism, power and the ability to hit for average, you have something special.”
In her first two seasons, Kee has led the program to record heights and several program records and firsts, and she and her staff look to build on those successes toward a brighter future with this five-member, all-Texas class of Camille Grahmann (Halletsville HS), Lacy Gregory (Kingwood HS), Lindsay Gregory (Kingwood HS), Cynthia Haugh (Grapevine HS) and Nicole Ochotnicki (Vista Ridge HS).
“As a program, we are in constant pursuit of relentless workers, competitive individuals who embrace the pressure of performing at one’s best, and players who understand they are not only representing our softball program but the University as whole. This incoming class understands and embraces the challenges before them. Their addition will make an immediate impact as we continue to pursue our quest for championships and post-season play.”
A two-time Texas Sports Writers all-state selection, Grahmann led Hallettsville to 34-4-1 record and a class 3A state runner-up finish this past season. As a sophomore, she hit .539 with a .634 on-base percentage, 60 runs scored and 28 stolen bases, earning first team TSWA all-state and first team all-district honors as an outfielder. As a junior, she hit .540 with a .669 on-base percentage, 80 runs scored and 42 stolen bases, earning state all-tournament, TSWA all-state and TFCA all-state honors as a second baseman. A multi-sport athlete, she qualified for regionals in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays as a sophomore in track and was a first team all-district selection in volleyball as a junior in volleyball. She is coached by Mike Mikeska.
Coach Kee on Grahmann: “Camille is an outfielder who will add to our team speed. Her ability to utilize the short game as a table-setter will allow others the opportunity to drive in more runs. Watching her run the bases at game speed and with an aggressive attitude, will jump-start an offense right out of the gate.”
Why Camille chose North Texas: “I chose the university of north Texas for two main reasons. This university provides the academic rigor needed for success after college and gives me the opportunity to compete at a high level in the sport I love. I enjoy being a part of the family atmosphere of the college and softball team, and I am looking forward to being a part of making Mean Green softball a conference power and national success.”
A two-time all district selection, Gregory has played in 58 games over the last two years, hitting at a .397 with 36 runs scored, 42 RBI, 13 doubles, two triples and four home runs. She hit .380 as a sophomore and upped her average to .407 as a junior. She helped Kingwood to a 25-10 record and the regional 5A regional semifinals in 2014 and a 25-7 record and the 6A regional quarterfinals in 2015. She was also a member of the VYPE Houston Preseason Top 25 for the 2015 season. She is coached by Lauren Hendrix.
Coach Kee on Lacy Gregory: “Lacy is a utility player who has the ability to hit for average and power. Her inner competitiveness will help our program grow as a whole. Her unselfishness to move to wherever our needs are, shows her desire to always put the team first.”
Why Lacy chose North Texas: “I chose The University of North Texas because the second I stepped on campus I felt like it was home. It's a fairly new program with a lot of potential so it gives our class a great opportunity to make a big impact and leave our legacy. I can't wait to be a part of the Mean Green family in 2016!”
A three-time all district selection and a state all-tournament selection in leading Kingwood to the state finals in 2013, Gregory has played in 67 games over the last two years, hitting at a .362 clip with 65 runs scored, 53 RBI, 16 doubles, three triple and three home runs. She hit .408 as a sophomore and .316 as a junior. She helped Kingwood to a 25-10 record and the regional 5A regional semifinals in 2014 and a 25-7 record and the 6A regional quarterfinals in 2015. She was also a two-time golden glove recipient and a member of the VYPE Houston Preseason Top 25. She is coached by Lauren Hendrix.
Coach Kee on Lindsay Gregory: “Lindsay’s athleticism and drive will make for a positive future. Her ability to drive the ball to all fields and play multiple infield positions will allow us to continue our quest of having versatile players. She’s a true student of the game who understands the importance of adapting to a program’s goals immediately.”
Why Lindsay chose North Texas: “I chose to attend the University of North Texas for several reasons. After visiting the campus, meeting with the coaching staff, and hearing their vision for the softball program, it was obvious that UNT is the place for me. North Texas will not only give me the opportunity to play to sport I love at the next level, but it will also give me the tools and knowledge I need to become successful in whatever endeavor I choose after softball.”
A three-time all-district selection and a first team Star Telegram super team selection as a junior, Haugh led Grapevine in nearly every offensive category with a .569 batting average, five home runs, 40 RBI, six doubles and six triples, leading her to a bi-district berth. She was also named the district’s Catcher of the Year and was an all-state honorable mention selection. She is coached by Steve Bottoms.
Coach Kee on Haugh: “Cynthia is a catcher who has the skill set to play the corner positions as well. Her approach at the plate, with a keen awareness of the strike zone, will be an immediate addition to our team power. Her coachability and desire to learn will only add to her solid skill set.”
Why Cynthia chose North Texas: “Attending the University of North Texas has been a goal of mine since I was young. The moment I arrived at the campus for the first time, I knew that it was my future home. I am ecstatic to pursue a major in kinesiology and have the opportunity to play the game I love with such an amazing group and coaching staff. This opportunity is an absolute blessing and I couldn't be more excited to open this new chapter of my life.”
A class 5A Texas Sports Writers Association all-state selection, Ochotnicki led Vista Ridge to a 21-2 record, including a perfect 11-0 district record, and a trip to the class 5A state finals this past season, where she lost to future North Texas teammates Lauren Craine and Rhylie Makawe and Aledo High School. She has twice been named to the Hill Country News Dazzling Dozen, earning Offensive MVP honors as a junior. She is coached by Lauren Myrick.
Coach Kee on Ochotnicki: “Nicole is a strong athlete who plays behind the plate. Her ability to throw runners out, as well as handle a pitching staff, will be a solid addition. She’s a hitter that has the power to drive the ball to all fields. Her desire to win and compete on a daily basis will make for a bright future.
Why Nicole chose North Texas: “I choose North Texas because I believe the program will push me both physically and mentally. The Mean Green softball team is a great program that I hope I can contribute value to, and help the program continue to grow. North Texas feels like home and will provide me with the education I need to pursue my career.”