May 22, 2008
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure softball head coach Mike Threehouse announced the addition of a trio of student-athletes to his 2008-09 roster with the signing of Anderson Conte (Owego, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central), Erin Nargi (Victor, N.Y./Victor) and Brittany Storch (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) to National Letters of Intent.
"Anderson, Erin and Brittany coupled with the rest of the incoming freshmen class will ensure a bright future for the program," said Threehouse. "Our pitching staff will consist of six quality hurlers, anchored by 2008 Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team selection Sherri Thompson, and will allow us to keep our status as one of the top teams in the conference. I am looking forward to getting to work so we can once again compete for an A-10 championship."
This trio of incoming freshmen will join future fellow classmates Mary Bostwick (Oakfield, N.Y./Oakfield-Alabama), Brooke Frey (New Paltz, N.Y./New Paltz) and Ashley Nowak (Hamlin, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy), who all inked with the Bonnies during the early signing period.
OF/P/1B / 5-6
Hometown: Owego, N.Y.
High School: Seton Catholic Central
Head Coach: Chris Sinicki
Summer Team: TC Tremors Gold
Summer Coach: Lou Bishop
Coach Threehouse on Conte
"Anderson will be part of potentially the best pitching staff in the history of our program. She will also compete for playing time in the outfield during her freshman year. Anderson is extremely versatile and is a very fierce competitor."
At Seton Catholic Central
Named to the 2007 New York State Class C second team by the New York State Sportswriters Association ... two-time Southern Tier Athletic Conference selection as a pitcher/outfielder in both 2006 and 2007 ... paced Seton Catholic Central in home runs and batting average during her sophomore and junior campaigns ... helped guide the Saints to Class C Section IV championships in 2005 and 2007 ... selected to the 7th Annual STOP-DWI Tournament of Champions following her junior year ... under head coach Chris Sinicki, Conte posted a .339 clip at the plate in 2007 with 13 runs batted in ... as of mid-May, she has guided Seton Catholic Central to 13 victories this season with seven wins in league play ... recorded 18 strikeouts, while surrendering just three hits in an 8-1 triumph over Oneonta (May 21) earlier this year ... notched a victory in the circle as well as blasting a home run en route to a 5-1 win over Sandy Creek (May 12) in semifinal action of the Pam Eisenhut Tournament ... tossed a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts to lead the Saints to a 15-0 STAC conference victory over Oneonta (April 22) ... also tallied four RBI against Oneonta thanks to a 2-for-2 performance at the plate with a home run and a double.
P / 5-6
Hometown: Victor, N.Y.
High School: Victor
Head Coach: Shelly Collins
Summer Team: Greg Stahl
Summer Coach: Rochester Lady Lions
Coach Threehouse on Nargi
"Erin has the potential to be the hardest thrower we have ever had at St. Bonaventure. Her statistics speak for themselves at the high school level. I am sure after some Division I experience, she will quickly become a quality starter at our challenging level."
Collected numerous accolades following her junior campaign, highlighted by The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle's 2007 All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year ... also named the Finger Lakes East Division I Player of the Year and Section V Most Valuable Player last season ... garnered attention at the state level as well after a productive 2007 season by being selected to the Section V Class A first team and the New York State Sportswriters Association's Class A All-State first team ... Nargi posted a 24-2 overall mark in the circle following her third high school term, which included one perfect game, eight no-hitters, nine one-hitters, 13 shutouts, 279 strikeouts and 23 walks with an earned run average of only 0.17 after surrendering just four earned runs in 161 innings of work ... under 2007 Section V Coach of the Year Shelly Collins, Nargi helped guide the Devils to a 26-2 record en route to league, Section V and Western Regional championships ... fanned 21 batters and allowed only two hits and no runs in an 11-inning affair against Aquinas last year ... this past weekend, the Victor ace was named MVP of the James "Ace" Morabito softball tournament after leading her club to the title thanks to a 16-strikeout perfect game followed by a 12-strikeout championship contest effort ... led by the dominating pitching effort from Nargi, the Devils became the first Section V or VI team to ever win the two-day, 16-team tournament held in Conklin and Kirkwood ... captured The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Athlete of the Week for the period ending May 2, 2008 after ringing up four wins, three shutouts and back-to-back no-hitters with 57 K's over 25 innings ... registered a pair of 20-strikeout contests this past April with 20 K's against Geneva (April 30) and Midlakes (April 22) ... Nargi is one of only four players in Section V history to fan 20 batters in a game ... as of early May, Victor was ranked second among New York State Class A schools.
INF/C / 5-3
Hometown: Elmira Heights, N.Y.
High School: Thomas A. Edison
Head Coach: Jaime Rice
Summer Team: Lady Bandits
Summer Coach: Tom Murphy
Coach Threehouse on Storch
"We are looking for Brittany to help us out on the offensive side of the ball. Brittany comes highly recommended not just as a quality player, but also as a high-quality person. She will help us in every aspect of the program."
At Thomas A. Edison
Two-time Interscholastic Athletic Conference first team selection, while also earning a spot on the second team during her high school career ... posted a .348 clip at the plate during her junior campaign and hit for a .415 rate during the summer circuit ... selected to the 7th Annual STOP-DWI Tournament of Champions in 2007 ... knocked in four runs thanks to a pair of singles and a double in a 10-0 victory over Watkins Glen (May 10) earlier this season ... sparked Edison to a 17-1 win against Candor (May 8) with three RBI at the dish ... drove in two runs in a 11-2 triumph against Watkins Glen (May 2) ... named to the WETM Twin Tiers 2008 Spring Sports Watch List.
|Mary Bostwick||P||5-2||R/R||Oakfield, N.Y.||Oakfield-Alabama|
|Anderson Conte||OF/P||5-6||R/R||Owego, N.Y.||Seton Catholic Central|
|Brooke Frey||1B/C||5-8||R/R||New Paltz, N.Y.||New Paltz|
|Erin Nargi||P||5-6||R/R||Victor, N.Y.||Victor|
|Ashley Nowak||3B/SS||5-4||R/R||Hamlin, N.Y.||Our Lady of Mercy|
|Brittany Storch||INF/C||5-3||R/R||Elmira Heights, N.Y.||Thomas A. Edison|
*Photos used in this story were provided by The Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, N.Y. (Anderson Conte), The Rochester Democrat & Chroncile (Erin Nargi) and Jason Whong/Elmira Star-Gazette (Brittany Storch).