SCIAC Honors 2015 Softball All-Conference Team

SCIAC Honors 2015 Softball All-Conference Team

PASADENA, Calif – The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recognizes athletic excellence through its All-Conference Awards. The All-Conference selections recognize outstanding participation and performance in conference play. Nominations and votes are submitted by the head coach of each team in the conference.

The SCIAC recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship in their respective sport. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents and spectators. Through positive action and leadership, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship the SCIAC and the NCAA endorse. The Softball sportsmanship Team consists of a student-athlete from each team that exemplifies these ideals.

SCIAC Athlete of the Year:  Tara Robinson, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Tara Robinson earned her second consecutive Athlete of the Year award in the 2015 softball season. She led the SCIAC in conference hits (43), runs (36), batting average (.512), on base percentage (.617), and stolen bases (27). Her batting average led the conference by almost 30 points and she was over 80 points higher than the next player for on base percentage. She accomplished these numbers without a single extra base hit on the season. Additionally, she was second in SCIAC for walks (22). The shortstop captained the CMS defense that boasted the highest fielding percentage in SCIAC at .974 and backed the Athena pitching staff that had the lowest ERA in conference at 2.36.

SCIAC Newcomer of the Year:  Marialena AhernWhittier College
Marialena Ahern posted a huge year for the Poets in her first season of SCIAC play. She posted a .433 batting average and led the conference in home runs (10) and and a slugging percentage of 1.000. The freshmen shortstop played in 27 games and had 67 at bats during conference play. Coach Kingsbury says, "Marialena is an incredible leader on and off the field and has a maturity well beyond her years. She is an incredibly coachable young lady and she also excels in the classroom."

SCIAC Coach of the Year:  Dee Dee Kingsbury, Whittier College
In her first season with the Poets Head Coach Dee Dee Kingsbury has improved the Poets from a fourth place finish in 2014 to both Conference and Postseason Tournament Titles in 2015. The former Cal State Fullerton Associate Head Coach and University of Wisconsin Assistant Coach owns Coaching Staff of the Year honors at each institution.

As a player, Kingsbury was a member of the 1990 and 1992 UCLA national championship-winning squads while earning All-Pacific-10 Conference honors twice in her career and first-team All-America honors as a senior in 1994. She continued her playing career for the USA national team and finally in the Women's Professional Softball League, playing four seasons (1997-00) after being drafted as the 10th selection of the second round of the 1996 Amateur Draft. Kingsbury won the 1999 WPSL championship with the Tampa Bay Firestix and recorded the first strikeout, complete game, victory, save and shutout in team history. She was also the first pitcher to throw a perfect game in WPSL history, shutting down the Carolina Diamonds on Aug. 1, 1998.  Her team won the WPSL Championship in 1999. Kingsbury was a two-time WPSL All-Star selection in 1998 and 1999.

Kingsbury graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1994.   She received her Master's Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration the fall of 2013 from Concordia University of Irvine.  Dee Dee and her husband, Mike, have a son and two daughters.


SCIAC All-Conference
First Team:        
Samantha Blum SO Pitcher Whittier College  
Katy Kibbe JR Pitcher University of La Verne  
Samantha Mellano SR Catcher Whittier College  
Alexis Schiff SO First Base University of La Verne  
Alexandra Flores SR Second Base Whittier College  
Mercedez Cundiff SR Third Base Whittier College  
Marialena Ahern FR Short Stop Whittier College  
AJ Carrasco JR Outfield University of Redlands  
Amanda Lievanos GR Outfield University of Redlands  
Ashley Morello SR Outfield Pomona-Pitzer Colleges  
Danielle Vela SR Utility University of La Verne  
Blake Lewis JR DP California Lutheran University
Mackenzie Dutton JR At Large University of La Verne  
Second Team:        
Anna Gurr FR Pitcher Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Natalie Both JR Pitcher Chapman University   
Rebecca Ireland SR Catcher University of La Verne  
Vicki King JR First Base University of Redlands  
Mackensie Priley FR Second Base Occidental College  
Taylor Cartwright SR Third Base Chapman University   
Shannon Skrzynski FR Short Stop University of Redlands  
Susanne Boden JR Outfield Pomona-Pitzer Colleges  
Gabrielle Leveratto JR Outfield Chapman University  
Olivia Leyva FR Outfield California Lutheran University
Carly Roleder FR Utility Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Kelsey Buchanan FR DP Pomona-Pitzer Colleges  
Katie Savard JR At Large Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Sportsmanship Team: 
Meagan Tokunaga SR Second Base Pomona-Pitzer Colleges  
Kaity Carter SR Outfield California Lutheran University
Aisha Salami SR Outfield University of Redlands  
Angelica Deangelo FR Catcher University of La Verne  
Larissa Rinauro JR Utility Chapman University  
Mariah Montgomery JR Second/Third Base Occidental College  
Brooklyn Robinson JR Infield Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Emi Shimamoto SR Outfield Whittier College