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January 16, 2013

Area softball stars sign with Seahawks

BEAUMONT —   A trio of Southeast Texas high school softball talents jotted their signatures on the line as they joined Lamar State College-Port Arthur’s Seahawks during two separate ceremonies Tuesday.

   Rebekah Blanda and Colleen Brown, both of Beaumont West Brook High School, signed their letters of intent Tuesday morning in the school’s library, surrounded by family, friends and a happy group of Lamar State-Port Arthur coaches.

   “We’re thrilled to have them join us at Lamar State,” Seahawks Head Coach Vance Edwards said. “These young women have had years of training and they are extremely solid in their fundamentals of the sport. They are students of softball and that shows on the field.”

   Blanda, a pitcher and infielder for the Lady Bruins, is hitting .397 with a .414 slugging percentage. She owns a .425 on-base percentage and is .900 in the field. She is a three-year varsity letter-winner at WB and was selected second-team all-district pitcher this past season in District 21-5A.

   Brown, a catcher, is hitting .386 with a .455 slugging percentage and .401 on-base percentage. She was named second-team all-district this past season at catcher in 21-5A.

  The two girls have participated in Select Softball since they were nine years old and have played in major tournaments nationwide. During the summer, they helped contribute to a United States Fast Pitch Association state championship as members of the Beaumont Blast Gold team.

   “This is exciting,” said Blanda. “The coaches (at Lamar State) are great and the opportunity to play near home is a big part of why I chose to play in Port Arthur. The team there has gotten better every season and I want to be part of that success during the next few seasons.”

   Brown concurred: “My family can come see me play and it will be much easier to go to Port Arthur for school. The fact that the team has had a lot of success lately really helped me make the decision to go there.”

   Brianna Miller of Nederland High School also joined Lamar State-Port Arthur’s 2013-14 roster during a signing ceremony at a local restaurant.

   Miller joins the Seahawks after a successful junior season where she contributed to the Bulldogs’ area-round playoff campaign. Heading into her senior year, she is anticipating one final successful season as a prep player.

   “I’m excited to do the best I can and to see how far we can go as a team,” she said. “And I’m especially excited now that I know where I’m going to be for college. I’ve had the chance to see (Lamar State) play and it’s going to be a great experience being there and being part of helping the program grow and get better.”

   Miller throws right but hits left and has made a real impression on opposing coaches for her speed and aggression on the base paths, the very things that caught the attention of Seahawks Coach Edwards.

   “Speed … she has plenty of it and I’m anxious to see just how much she can do with that once she starts playing for us,” Edwards said. “She’s going to be a great asset for us, no doubt.”

   The Seahawks hit the recruiting road again today for three more signings as Ricki Gilbert of Port Neches-Groves HS, Ashley Bunner of Vidor HS and Taylor Harvil of Lumberton HS add their names to the future LSC-PA softball roster.

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