NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State head softball coach Andrea Browning announced the signing of five student-athletes for the Class of 2023.
Analeigh Coursey (White Bluff, Tenn.), Ivory Jones (Douglasville, Ga.), Marisa Mauroshadt (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kayli Mothershed (Nashville, Tenn.) and Kaitlyn Orona (Nuevo, Calif.) will join the Tigers in the fall of 2019.
“We are very excited about our incoming class,” Browning said. “Not only what these kids will bring to the table as athletes, but how they will contribute in the classroom, as well as off the field. They are just simply all-around good people that we are thrilled to be adding to our program.”
2B/OF, L/R, White Bluff, Tenn., Creek Wood HS / Fury Platinum ‘19/‘20
Coursey is a four year athlete who helped head coach Nancy Jackson and CWHS to a third place finish in 2017, fourth in 2018.
As a junior, Coursey was named All-District while batting .412, claiming the school’s single season walk record and the programs all-time highest on base percentage. The future Tiger posted the highest batting average in Class AA at the Tennessee State Championships at .412 and the second highest overall average of all classifications. As a sophomore, Coursey set single season triple record, hitting .393, and was named to the All-District and All-State teams.
Coursey played travel ball for Sam Thomas and Joe Fowler, helping her Fury Platinum squad to No. 4 national ranking in 2018. The team grabbed a top 20 finish at PGF Nationals. Coursey was involved with the Beta Club, Best buddies Special Olympics and was honored as the 2018 Homecoming Queen.
The incoming freshman plans on majoring in Elementary Education, with hopes to become either a special education speech or physical therapist, or an elementary school teacher.
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“Analeigh is a lefty hitter with true versatility at the plate; with her ability to slap and swing away with power. Defensively, she is very softball savvy and her athleticism brings an extra element to her already strong skill set. She plays a solid second base and outfield.”
Utility, R/R, Douglasville, Ga., Chapel Hill HS / East Cobb Bullets
Jones batted .373 with 33 runs scored as a senior for head coach Adam Graham. Jones led CHHS to four regional championships, three under then coach Mickey Harper, and a Georgia State title as a freshman.
The incoming Tiger capped off a stellar career with a First Team All-State selection. Jones was a two-time First Team All-Region selection and a two-time Second Team honoree, while being named Second Team All-State as a junior. Jones throws discuss for the track and field team, helping the squad to a regional championship as a sophomore and a state championship as a junior. The multisport athlete placed fourth in the discus at the 2018 Georgia State meet and 16th in 2017, along with a regional title as a junior.
Jones is a member of the National Honor Society, HOSA, volunteered in Hosea feed the hungry and homeless, was a volunteer at several school and community functions. Jones works with hitting instructor Coby Robinson and plans to major in Sports Medicine in hopes of becoming an athletic trainer for a professional organization.
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“Ivory is just an all-around incredible athlete. She is built like a power lifter and will provide a lot of pop at the plate. We are excited about her versatility and expect to see her share time in the outfield and at third base.”
OF, R/R, Elk Grove, Calif., Cosumnes Oaks HS / California Breeze 01 - Warren
Mauroshadt is a four-year member for head coach Lynda Bettencourt at COHS. Mauroshadt was an All-Conference recipient in 2018 and was a three-time Player of the Game selection.
The outfielder works with hitting instructor, former USA National Team member, Jenae Leles. Mauroshadt helped coaches Kevin Warren, Sean Smith, Troy Biehl and the Cal Breeze to a 3rd place finish at the 2014 PGF national championship. Her travel team also placed 9th at PGF’s in 2016 and won the TCS 18U World Series.
As a student, Mauroshadt has excelled as a student achieving a grade point average above a 3.75 through her first three years. The Elk Grove, Calif. product was a member of FCA and has participated in community service outings with her team, her church and individually, including feeding the homeless, working a food shelter and helping the homeless buy Christmas gifts.
Mauroshadt plans to major in Health Science with a concentration in Physical Science, in hopes in becoming a sports physical therapist.
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“Marisa will bring a very strong arm to our outfield in addition to a solid defensive skill set. The upside to her offensively is her sheer power. She has raw strength that we are looking forward to building upon.”
C/UT, R/R, Nashville, Tenn., Nashville Christian School / Nashville Cruisers
Mothershed is a four-year letter-winner for Ashley and Byron Page. The catcher has compiled 22 home runs through her career, leading her squad to a District runner-up finish in 2016. Mothershed is a four-time Ironman Award winner for playing three sports and Scholar Athlete for a 3.7 GPA, as well as a Friday Night Rivals Scholar Athlete in 2018 and was a 2016 All-Tournament selection.
The Nashville native was a four-year member of the NCS volleyball team, helping her team to a District Championship in 2015 and a Regional runner-up finish in 2016. Mothershed also played basketball at NCS, is a member of the National Honor Society and is the Student Government Communications Director.
The incoming Tiger helped the Nashville Cruisers, coached by Nina Mothershed and Ray McGill, to the 2016 USFA World Series title. Mothershed works with hitting coach Kat Banks.
Mothershed intends to major in science with aspirations of becoming a pediatric nurse.
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“Kayli is a local athlete whose power at the plate is what attracted us to her. Her arm is equally as strong as her bat. She is catcher/corner with some experience in the circle as well.”
C/3B, R/R, Nuevo, Calif., Heritage HS / Strike Force - Jensen
Orona prepped for four-years under the tutelage of Angela Ramiro. Orona has batted .418, with 62 RBI, 68 runs, 14 home runs and has posted a .952 fielding average through her career. She has been named First Team All-League over the past two seasons and was Second Team All-League as a freshman.
Orona works with hitting instructor Jim Jensen and fielding instructor Pam Newton. At TSU, the future Tiger plane to major in Chemistry and Computer Science with intentions to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.
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“Kaitlyn brings a big stick to our lineup. She is a catcher/corner with a great arm. Her softball IQ is a bonus along with her vocal leadership. We expect huge things from this west coast kid.”