HANSON SELECTED AS FIRST-TEAM ALL-MIDEAST REGION CATCHER BY NATIONAL FASTPITCH COACHES ASSOCIATION
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Bloomington, Ind. -- The National Fastpitch Coaches Association today announced that Indiana University senior Stormy Hanson (Las Vegas, Nev./Silverado) has been selected as its first-team All-Mideast Region catcher. In being named to the NFCA Louisville Slugger all-region squad, Hanson is now placed on the national ballot to contend for All-America honors.
"There is no question that Stormy is an All-American caliber catcher," said Indiana head coach Sara Hayes. "She is an excellent defensive player with a pinpoint cannon for an arm. She is arguably the top power hitter in the Big Ten Conference and is also a tremendous competitor and leader."
The 5-foot-7 Hanson capped a stellar career for the Hoosiers by hitting .382 with 11 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs, and 31 runs batted in this spring. She also recorded a .750 slugging percentage and stole 17 bases in 21 attempts. She paced the Hoosiers in every offensive category, while leading the Big Ten Conference in slugging percentage and finishing second in both batting average and home runs.
It didn't take long for Hanson to make her mark this spring as she was selected Big Ten Player-of-the-Week on February 18 for her play at the New Mexico State Invitational. In addition to being named to the all-tournament team at that tournament in Las Cruces, N.M., she went on to be named to all-tourney squads at Charleston Southern and the University of South Florida.
One of 72 total catchers nominated for honors in each of the nine geographic regions, Hanson ranked among the top five in doubles, triples, home runs, and slugging percentage. She ranked second on the list of 72 catchers with 17 stolen bases.
Hanson did much of her best work against several of the nation's most recognizable and effective pitchers, hitting home runs against Minnesota's Piper Marten, Wisconsin's Andrea Kirchberg, Michigan State's Jessica Beech, and Illinois' Sherri Taylor. She also recorded a total of five home runs in 15 games against teams who will compete in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
Just this past week, Hanson was selected to play for the Russian National Team at the European Invitational, which will be played in Italy this August. She was one of only three United States citizens selected to the team who are not of Russian descent.
Also a fine student, Hanson has been named to the Indiana University's prestigious Alpha Beta academic honorary. She will graduate in May of 2004 upon the completion of her student teaching.
Added Hayes, "This is so rewarding for Stormy, someone who has worked so diligently to achieve lofty goals. Stormy has truly given her heart to Indiana University. She wears crimson every day, has a room that is painted crimson, wants to buy a crimson couch, and just bleeds crimson. She has attempted to capture every single moment this year by combining wonderful athleticism with a strong commitment to her teammates. From our program under our new staff, Stormy is the first shining example of the commitment to excellence that it takes to achieve such national recognition. When recruits ask, 'In the modern era, what is our staff looking for in a student-athlete?' we can readily point to Stormy as that example.