Posted Dec 6, 2007 14:51:44
Tech Softball Signs Five
RUSTON Louisiana Tech head coach Sarah Dawson announced Thursday that she has signed five high school prep stars out of the state of Texas to national letters of intent.
Dawsons signing class is comprised of outfielder Christina Gamboa, catcher/utility Allie Geisler, outfielder/utility Amanda Parsonage, catcher/third baseman Valerie Quiroga and outfielder Chrissy Short.
I am excited to announce our signing class of 2008, Dawson said. This class has a lot of versatility with each young lady having the ability to play two defensive positions. On the offensive end we have added speed and power to the line up.
Academically this is a very strong class. In the Lady Techsters program, we put an emphasis on being a complete individual. To strive for excellence in everything we do. I am proud of what these girls have accomplished leading up to college. I am excited about their continued growth, and the impact they will make on our program.
Gamboa is out of Bishop Lynch High School in Texas. The daughter of Richard and Ellen Gamboa helped lead the program to the District 1-6A title the past three years as well as the Texas Class 6A state title in 2007, the first ever for the program.
Christina brings a lot of speed to the line up, Dawson said. She uses that speed to create opportunities for getting on base and for creating opponents problems once she gets on the base paths. She has extensive experience both as an infielder and outfielder.
Gamboa was named first team all-district as a sophomore and junior and first team all-state as a sophomore and second team all-state as a junior. The 17-year-old was named the District 1-6A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.
Geisler signed with Tech out of Vista Ridge High School in Texas. The daughter of Norman and Annalisa Geisler is another multi-dimensional talent that helped lead her high school to the District 25-4A title in 2006 and 2007. She also led the Lady Rangers to regionals the last two years and a No. 5 ranking in the state.
Allie has been a pleasure to watch over the past year, Dawson said. She continues to get stronger and improve in all aspects of her game. Offensively she is a very consistent performer. She will also be a great addition to our catching corps. When she isn't behind the plate, Allie will also work in the outfield.
Geisler batted .431 as a junior with 20 doubles and 23 RBI and behind the plate threw out 14 of 16 base stealers. She was named first team all-district as a freshman, sophomore and junior in softball, volleyball and basketball.
Parsonage is an outfielder at McKinney High School. Shes led the Bulldogs for the past three years while batting .300 with four home runs and 24 RBI this past season.
Amanda is another player who has experience both as an infielder and as an outfielder, Dawson said. We will most likely see her in the outfield with five of our current outfielders graduating soon. Amanda has been a real clutch performer at the plate both in high school as well as in travel ball. That takes real maturity as a hitter.
Parsonage earned second team all-District 9-4A honors this past year while also garnering all-city and academic all-district accolades. The daughter of Dave and Maureen Parsonage earned the Super Slugger award for her team. She played volleyball as a freshman at McKinney.
Quiroga plays catcher, first base and third base for Clear Brook High School in Houston. She was named first team all-district as a junior while also earning her team Most Valuable Player award and Ms. Wolverine as voted on by her teammates.
Valerie is an excellent defensive catcher, Dawson said. She has a great arm and works well behind the plate. She and Allie will help fill the hole when Regan Clark graduates. Valerie has good power at the plate as well. We expect her to develop into a middle of the lineup type of hitter.
The daughter of Alberta and Maria Quiroga was also named offensive player of the year on her team as a junior.
Short hails from Westwood High School in Austin. She plays both outfield and infield for the Warriors and helped lead her team to the District 14-5A bi-district championship as a sophomore and junior and the area championship as a junior. She batted .350 as a junior, including a .545 average during the state playoffs.
Chrissy is another one who brings speed to the lineup as well as in the outfield, Dawson said. She is a hard worker who really wants to come in and make a difference.
The daughter of Mark and Phyllis Short was named second team all-district the past three seasons while earning all-Central Texas accolades by the Austin Statesman as a sophomore and junior.
Class of 2008 Bios
Rowlett, Texas (Bishop Lynch HS)
High School: Lettered four years for coach Amy Wheeler at Bishop Lynch High School
Played multiple positions for the Lady Friars
Helped lead Bishop Lynch to the District 1-6A title as a freshman, sophomore and junior
Led Bishop Lynch to the 2007 Texas 6A state title, the first ever in the schools 40-year history
Recorded a 29-7 record on the mound with a 0.98 earned run average while registering 164 strikeouts in her high school career
Named first team all-district as a sophomore and junior
Named first team all-state as a sophomore and second team all-state as a junior
Named the District 1-6A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman
Also played volleyball her freshman year at Bishop Lynch
Played travel ball for coach Brad Lemons and the Texas Heat
Also played travel ball for coach Dan Adkins and the Texas Glory for eight years, leading them to six state championship titles and two national finals appearances
Personal: Full name is Christina Nicole Gamboa
Daughter of Richard and Ellen Gamboa
Has one sister, Molly
Born Jan. 2, 1990, in Dallas
Leander, Texas (Vista Ridge HS)
High School: Lettered four years for coach Robin Brady at Vista Ridge High School in Texas
Played catcher for the Lady Rangers
Helped lead Vista Ridge to the District 25-4A title in 2006 and 2007
Led the Lady Rangers to regionals both years and a No. 5 ranking in the state last year
Recorded a .431 batting average with 20 doubles and 23 RBI as a junior
Recorded a fielding percentage of .996 and threw out 14 of 16 potential base stealers
Named first team all-district in 2005, 2006 and 2007
Named Academic all-district all three years as well
Named all-Williamson County in 2005
Named to the Hill Country News Dazzling Dozen in 2005 and 2007
Named team MVP in 2005 and team defensive player of the year in 2007
Also lettered in volleyball and basketball
Three-time all-district selection in both sports
Played travel ball for coach Jeff Staton and the Texas Stix 18 Gold team
Personal: Full name is Allison Lynn Geisler
Daughter of Norman and Annalisa Geisler
Has one brother, Wesley
Born April 17, 1990, in Austin, Texas
McKinney, Texas (McKinney North HS)
High School: Lettered four years for coach Dan Sedgwick and Laura Brent at McKinney North High School
Played outfield for the Bulldogs
Batted .300 with four home runs and 24 RBIs as a junior
Named second team all-District 9-4A
Named first team academic all-district
Earned the Super Slugger award for her team
Also played volleyball as a freshman at McKinney North
Plays travel ball for coach Dan Adkins and the Texas Glory Schutt-Gold team
Personal: Full name is Amanda Marie Parsonage
Daughter of Maureen and Dave Parsonage
Has two brothers, Austin and Aaron
Born Nov. 11, 1989, in Richmond, Virginia
Houston, Texas (Clear Brook HS)
High School: Lettered four years for coach Ashley Pillow and coach Candice Turnbo at Clear Brook High School in Texas
Played catcher, third base and first base for the Wolverines of District 24-5A
Named first team all-district as a junior
Named team MVP and Ms. Wolverine as voted on by her teammates
Named offensive player of the year on the team as a junior
Played travel ball for coach Ken Glass and the Texas Eclipse Gold 18u
Personal: Full name is Valerie Sue Quiroga
Daughter of Alberta and Maria Quiroga
Has two brothers, Alberto and Alex, and one sister, Stephanie
Born January 15, 1990, in San Diego, California
Austin, Texas (Westwood HS)
High School: Lettered four years for coach Tiffany Gates at Westwood High School in Texas
Played outfield and infield for the Warriors
Helped lead her team to the District 14-5A bi-district championship as a sophomore and junior and the area championship as a junior
Named second team all-district as a freshman, sophomore and junior
Named honorable mention all-Central Texas by the Austin Statesman as a sophomore and junior
Named Academic all-district as a freshman, sophomore and junior
Recorded a .350 batting average as a junior, including a .545 batting average during the state playoffs
Totaled 14 doubles and four triples
Played travel ball for coach Alyssa Ransom and the Texas Stix 18U Gold team
Also lettered in volleyball as a freshman and sophomore, basketball as a freshman, sophomore and junior and cross country as a junior and senior
Is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society
Personal: Full name is Christine Elizabeth Short
Daughter of Mark and Phyllis Short
Has one brother, Michael
Born Nov. 25, 1989, in Oklahoma City, Okla.