Dec. 7, 2007

ARLINGTON, Texas - Seven high school softball players from Texas have signed national letters-of-intent to begin classes next fall and prepare for the 2009 UT Arlington softball season, coach Debbie Hedrick has announced.

The defending regular-season Southland Conference champions enter this season with seven seniors. Hedrick says the Mavericks recruiting haul will add speed, athleticism and depth - not to mention replenish the roster after the loss of veteran players. Hedrick added that the talent level of the signees will help the Mavericks build on recent success. UT Arlington enters this season with every pitcher and seven position players back from a team that went 36-16. Hedrick's bunch went 32-22 the year before.

UTA's class includes Kingwood shortstop Courtney Enocksen, Pasadena Dobie infielder/outfielder Kelsey Kaiser, Frisco outfielder/infielder Kari Karr, Forney catcher Erica LeFlore, Deer Park outfielder Lissette (Liz) Lopez, Houston Clear Lake outfielder Charne Office and Baytown Sterling infielder Courtney Zink.

"I'm very excited about this class because they are excellent players and really great kids," Hedrick said. "They're going to add a little of everything we'll need over the next few years. Some are going to be asked to contribute right away, which I don't foresee being a problem because of the talent they bring."

Enocksen is a three-year starter and four-year letter winner who earned First-Team All-District honors as a junior. She led her team in runs batted in and put-outs. Enocksen, who plays summer softball with Houston Mystixx Gold, was a First-Team All-District selection at shortstop.

Kaiser is a two-sport athlete at Dobie HS, earning Honorable Mention All-District honors as a junior on the varsity basketball team as well as being named Second-Team, All-District at shortstop for the softball program as a junior. Her sophomore year, she was named to the All-District First team as an outfielder and All Greater Houston Area Third Team.



Karr is a First-Team, All-District 9-4A outfielder who helped Frisco to a Co-District Championship, Bi-District Championship and Class 4A, Region II Quarterfinal berth. A three-time softball letter winner and two-year varsity track athlete, she was an Academic All-District pick in 2006. Karr plays summer softball for the Texas Eastern Elite.

LeFlore is a 2006 First-Team, All-District 11-4A selection and Catcher of the Year while leading her team to the Class 4A Region II finals. She led the Dallas-Fort Worth area in runs batted in during the 2005 season while earning first-team, All-District honors. She is a three-year member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.

Lopez, the team captain of the summer league Houston Mystixx 18-and-under Gold, has maintained a 4.0 grade-point-average since her freshman year at Deer Park HS. For her high school softball team, she is a two-year letter winner and catalyst in Deer Park's 2006 District 23-5A Bi-District championship and 2005 Area Championship.

Office is a three-time letter winner and three-year varsity starter. Her junior year, she led Clear Lake in stolen bases and was voted to the 2007 All-District 24-5A First Team. In addition to having a 3.5 grade-point-average, she has led her summer softball team, the Shockwave Gold, in stolen bases. During this past fall season, she batted .395 with a .545 on-base percentage.

Zink is a two-sport athlete in softball and volleyball, earning seven letters while at Sterling High School. Zink helped her team compile a 68-21 record over the past three years. As a freshman in 2005 she was voted Gatorade Rookie of the Year and Honorable Mention All-District. In 2006, she received Second-Team, All-District honors and followed that with First-Team honors in 2007. She was also the area's Defensive Player of the Year.

Player                           Pos.                       High School
Courtney Enocksen      SS                     Kingwood HS
Kelsey Kaiser              IF/OF                 Pasadena Dobie HS
Kari Karr                    OF/IF                 Frisco HS
Erica LeFlore              C                       Forney HS
Lissette Lopez            OF                     Deer Park HS
Charne Office             OF                     Houston Clear Lake HS
Courtney Zink             IF                      Baytown Sterling HS


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