Kafalas, LaNeave, and Weindorf Join Class of Eight Newcomers
SAINT LEO, Fla. – After announcing three NLI's last week, McKenzie Burns, Kaitlynn Diaz, and Ashley Ehlers, Softball Coach John Conway has added to his incoming class with the signings of Angela Kafalas, Kelsey LaNeave, and Torrie Weindorf, each of whom have inked a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Saint Leo University beginning in the fall of 2011.
Each possessing a 'blue-collar' work ethic, the trio has the unique ability to play most defensive positions while adding valuable skill on the offensive side of the ball.
Chamberlain High School/Tampa Mustangs
A staple on the Chamberlain squad, Kafalas helped guide the team to multiple district crowns, including the 2007 and 2008 5A District Championships. Starting in the outfield and making multiple appearances in the circle during her freshman season, the Tampa, Fla. native received Chamberlain's 'Rookie of the Year' honor in 2007.
In 2009, Kafalas collected First Team All-Conference accolades as an outfielder. In total, she registered a 16-0 record with 59 strikeouts in two seasons in the circle.
Her offensive prowess shined for her Tampa Mustangs travel ball club where she posted a .380 batting average.
Conway's Perspective: "Kafalas has a strong softball background coming from one of the top high school programs in the state. She has strengths as an outfielder and is a strong hitter with good speed. She will compete for a spot in the outfield."
Winter Garden, Fla.
West Orange High School/West Orange Crush
LaNeave, a three-year varsity starter at Winter Garden, assisted her team to three consecutive Metro Conference Championships (2009-11). In addition, LaNeave's efforts helped her squad to back-to-back District 6A-5 Championships (2009-10).
Before having her senior campaign cut short due to injury, LaNeave put together a steady junior campaign where she totaled nine RBI.
The utility infielder intends to pursue a career as an athletic trainer or physical therapist.
Conway's Perspective: "LaNeave is a hard-nosed middle infielder who is not afraid to lay it all out on the field. She has skill at multiple positions, but her biggest asset is that she plays the game as it should be played."
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Palm Beach Gardens High School
Competing for a powerhouse high school in Palm Beach Gardens, Weindorf was a four-year varsity player.
She assisted PBGHS to a back-to-back Class 6A State Championships during her junior and senior campaigns and was named All-County during her freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons.
Conway's Perspective: "Weindorf is an aggressive, heads up player that can fill many roles. She can play anywhere in the infield, in addition to the outfield. She has a strong arm, good speed, and is coming off a productive high school campaign. I expect her to compete for a starting position."