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Motlow College Athletic News

Lady Bucks stretch recruiting focus to rebuild Motlow State softball roster

June 20, 2017

The Motlow State Community College softball program is stretching its recruiting focus and adding some of the immediate area's top talent in hopes of repositioning itself back into championship contention, according to Head Coach Janice Morey.

Breanna Owens
Motlow State rising sophomore Breanna Owens is one of five returning players who will be counted on to lead the Lady Bucks during the 2018 season. Owens, from Fayetteville, batted .298 last year with 11 doubles and 16 runs batted in. She also had six stolen bases and struck out only eight times in 141 plate appearances. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Motlow has signed 14 incoming freshmen to National Letters of Intent, including 12 from Tennessee, one from Alabama and one from Georgia. The Lady Bucks will return five from the 2017 squad, with all five being from Motlow's service area.

Although the majority of student-athletes on the roster will be from Tennessee, Morey and her staff have worked hard at identifying talent from outside Motlow's service area, which stretches from Rutherford County to White County to Huntsville, Alabama.

"Softball is a very strong sport on the high school level in the state of Tennessee," said Morey. "We feel confident we can build a program that consistently contends for conference championships with student-athletes from our state. At the same time, we aren’t bound by state lines and we always want to be open to expanding our recruiting focus."

Incoming freshmen who will be counted on to contribute to the 2018 edition of the Lady Bucks, and their hometown and high school, includes:

Jennifer Corbitt, McDonald, Bradley Central; Kendall Durard, Shelbyville, Shelbyville Central; Katelyn Elliott, McEwen; Alessandria Hanson, Hendersonville; Haley Hinshaw, Hillsboro, Coffee County Central; Madison Hopkins, Lewisburg, Cornersville; Annsley Kalamon, Hendersonville; Samantha King, Columbia, Forrest; Ariel McAtee, Smyrna, Stewarts Creek; Emily Parks, Tullahoma, Moore County; Geneva Tackett, McMinnville, Warren County; and Skyler Youngblood, McMinnville, Warren County.

Freshmen from outside Tennessee are Caroline Sarris from Kell High School in Acworth, Georgia, and Kylie Thackerson from Scottsboro High School in Scottsboro, Alabama.

The 14 freshmen will join five returning sophomores for the Lady Bucks: Miranda Cooksey, Ciera Dobbins, Chelbie Gannon, Breanna Owens and Sarah Beth Wilson.

The Lady Bucks can carry up to 20 players on the roster, which leaves Coach Morey with the availability to sign another student-athlete prior to the upcoming season. Motlow softball will play an exhibition schedule in the fall and open the 2018 season in early February.