5/16/14-When Barbara Burnett took over as Head Softball coach at Independence in 2010 she took over a program that had 7 straight losing seasons with a last place finish in the conference. Although she only won four games that first season, the program has made a drastic turn around, hosting a home playoff series for 3 consecutive seasons, earning a bid to the NJCAA Region IV tournament for 3 seasons in a row, including 2 appearances in the championship game. This year the Lady Pirates fell just a bit short of a trip to the National Tournament but none the less had a captivating season that ended up with the most wins in the history of the softball program, with a 42-16 record. “I’m really proud of this amazing group of young ladies,” commented Burnett who earned her 100th career victory earlier in the season. The Lady Pirates also finished 3rd in the conference, the highest finish ever for the program, with a 19-7 mark. Prior to Burnett taking over the reins, the program had a dismal 37-175 mark from 2006-2010. It was a tough start in the spring of 2010 when Burnett took over with small numbers and injuries the pirates were 4-37, but once bringing in her own recruiting class, things have been steadily progressing. In year two the Pirates finished 25-27 and tied for 5th in the conference at 14-12 and losing out at the regional tournament in the semi-finals. The following season came with the 2013 team shattering most of the school records along the way to an appearance in the Regional Championship and a 37-20 record, the 2nd best in school history. Getting to the championship game was a huge step for the program but the program graduated several key players. The Burnett’s once again brought in a phenomenal class and got things rolling again in the 2014 season. After opening the season at 2-4 in Texas, ICC finally got things going with an early winning streak of thirteen and a late streak of thirteen as well. The Pirates won 32 of their last 44 games after opening up conference play. Independence, which ranked at its highest 9th in the NJCAA Division II rankings, finished 3rd in the Jayhawk East. For a 3rd straight year, the Lady Pirates were able to host a first-round playoff series and swept Pratt with 21-0 & 9-0 wins to land a spot in Topeka at the NJCAA Region IV Tournament. ICC advanced to the championship round by way of a shutout win over Cloud County and a loss to Highland in game two. As well as a win in storybook fashion over KCKCC, where a homerun in the top of the 7th with 2 outs by sophomore Brittney Sheehan, tied the game and a 2 out bunt by freshman Miranda McDonald scored Tori hawk from second base. ICC lost in the final to Highland to fall short of the national tournament. The 42 wins this season surpassed the previous record of 38 set in 1996. Three of the top four win totals in the program’s history now come in the last three seasons under the Burnett’s. “The team come in a bought into something greater than themselves,” commented Burnett. “That’s what being a team is about. You always want to remember everyone who helped you get there; family, friends, coaches and the teams before you who paved the way. Without the work of the 2012 & 2013 team this year’s team doesn't get as much as it has gotten. That’s everything from great players to honors and awards. It’s always about the foundation, you need a strong foundation so you can build it up,” said Burnett. The Pirates also earned the most conference and region honors. They also had two more players nominated for All American and those earning All American will be announced after this week’s national tournament. Tori Hawk- Freshman- Shortstop
All American Nomination
NJCAA 1st team All Region Infield
KJCCC Freshman of the year
1st team All Conference Shortstop
ICC Softball MVP Laura Wilson- Sophomore-
Pitcher All American Nomination
NJCAA 1st team All Region Pitcher
KJCCC 2nd team All Conference Battery Kendra Gifford- Sophomore- 2nd Base
NJCAA 1st team All Region 2nd base
KJCCC 2nd team All Conference 2nd base
ICC Softball Hard Hat Award Miranda McDonald- Freshman- Centerfield
NJCAA 1st team All Region Outfield
KJCCC 2nd team All Conference Outfield Ashleigh Hinshaw- Freshman- Utility
NJCAA 1st team All Region Utility
KJCCC 2nd team All Conference DP/Utility
ICC Softball Offensive Player of the year Taylor Eaves- Freshman- Utility
KJCCC 2nd team All Conference First Base Sierra Potts- Sophomore- Right Field
NJCAA 2nd team All Region Outfield
KJCCC 3rd team All Conference Outfield Cheyenne Trotter- Freshman- Catcher
NJCAA 2nd team All Region Battery
ICC Softball Defensive Player of the Year Kaitlin Rainey- Freshman- Leftfield
NJCAA 2nd team All Region Outfield Brittney Sheehan- Sophomore- Outfield
ICC Softball D.I.R.T. Award
5/1/14-For the 3rd straight year since the Coach Barbara Burnett took over the ICC Softball program the team is headd back to Topeka for the NJCAA Region 6 tournament. This past weekend the Pirates faced Pratt in a best of three series in Independence. ICC made a statement early and set the tone with a 21-0 game one win and a 9-0 game two win to secure their sport at the tournament. The Pirates also now hold the school record for the most wins in a season with a 40-14 record and broke the school record for Homeruns with 70 on the season. The Pirates will travel to Topeka, KS and face Cloud county in the first round at Hummer Sports Park at noon on Saturday. "I'm really proud of this group, they show up everyday and do thier job. We talk about it all the time. If everyone does their job we will be successful. We still have a tough road ahed of us. Anyone in the Regional tournament could win it," Commented Burnett. The Pirates have Cloud County, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Highland in the Division E Bracket."We have to focus right now on game one, we need to be in the winners bracket so winning game one is very important," said Burnett. The Pirate will live stream their game on the app UStream, which can be downloaded for free on your Iphone or Android, just search for ICC Softball.
4/24/14- Sophomores Sierra Potts and Laura Wilson signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their playing career. Potts a 2 year starter for the Lady pirates signed with Rogers State University in Claremore, Ok. While Laura Wilson signed with Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma.
4/22/14- The Lady Pirates season is still going strong. The Pirates finish the regular season 38-14, which is tied with the most wins in a single season, but is the best winning percentage ever in the programs history. Finishing 3rd in conference the team will be hosting Pratt Community College in the 1st round of the Region 6 NJCAA Regional Tournament. They game are slated for this Saturday, April 26 at 1 & 3pm with the if necessary game 3 on Sunday at 1pm.
4/19/14-Last Saturday's game one win against Allen County Community College marked another milestone for the Lady Pirates program. Head coach Barbara Burnett, in her 4th season with ICC, earned her 100th college victory. Already the winningest coach in the softball programs history, after three seasons, the team is on the verge of breaking more records. Currently the team is 38-14 and tied with the most wins in the progrms history. After hosting a home playoff series against Pratt, Saturday, April 26th at 1/3pm, they are hoping to pass that record. "It's exciting to hit a milestone in your career, but the honor goes to the teams I have had over the last 4 years and my assistant coaches, it's because of them I was able to achieve this," commented Burnett.
3/26/14- The Lady Pirates softball team earned a #9 national ranking today by the NJCAA. This is the teams first ever ranking in the history of the program. Last year they received reserved rankings as they approached playoffs, but this is another first for the softball team. "It's great for our program to receive this honor. The girls work very hard and played a tough pre conference schedule to earn it. The credit goes to an amazing bunch of girls, not just the ones currently here but the previous 2 teams that played for us. Everyone contributes to it, the group here earned the ranking but the road that the two previous teams paved for this program has helped make it possible, commented Burnett." The Lady pirates still have a tough conference schedule left to face. They will play home again Tuesday, April 1st against Cloud County with a 2pm start time.
3/24/14-The Lady Pirates took a break from their regular conference schedule to travel to Louisiana for games. The Pirates faced the top ranked team in the nation, LSU Eunice, on Thursday and NJCAA D1 team Baton Rouge Community College on Friday. The pirates dropped a pair to LSUE but bounced back with a sweep over Baton Rouge. The Pirates resume conference play this Tuesday against Cowley County.
3/4/14-The 2014 season for the Lady Pirates has been one of the best starts in the programs history at 12-4 as well as having 5 of the 8 D2 KJCCC Players of the week for the first month of play. They lady Pirates traveled at the end of January to Galveston, Texas to get their season underway. “Playing down in Galveston was a great opportunity for our team to play some nationally ranked division one junior colleges. Those teams were tough and really tested us and it was a great way for us to get started,” said Burnett. The next weekend they traveled back down to Texas to play in the Kilgore tournament, weather cut out a few games but they were still able to play and went 2-1 beating Kilgore, falling short to ranked McLennan but then beating Cisco. Since beating Cisco the Lady Pirates have gone on a 10 game winning streak, with a sweep of nationally ranked Murray state at home and then again sweeping them on the road. They also swept Western Oklahoma in a three game set before going into region/conference play. Independence softball then followed up with a 24-0 win & a 10-2 win of region foe Hesston College, combining for 40 hits in that series. “We are playing real well right now but we have to keep that going through conference, that’s when it really matters. Everyone in our conference is tough and we will get tested really quick. If everyone keeps doing their job out there we will be fine,” stated Burnett. Do your job is what is important to this team, so important it’s the first thing you see when you walk into their dugout. “We talk all the time about doing your job, weather at that moment it’s a sacrifice bunt, pinch running or getting that base hit. It’s about focusing in on that moment and doing what you need to for the benefit of the team. It’s about be part of something greater than yourself. That’s what we want them to understand, and it seems that this group really has grasped that and it shows when they step out on the field. I am proud of what we have done so far but we all know that there is a far greater goal ahead. That goal is to be playing in the championship round in Topeka again,” Burnett Commented. The Lady Pirates have a tough couple of weeks ahead of them starting with this weekend against Brown Mackie and Barton. Then their conference opens up with a trip to Pratt followed by home games with Labette, Coffeyville and Dodge City before traveling to Louisiana to face the number one ranked team in the nation LSU Eunice.
2/8/14-Former pirate Alain Stubblefield made her pitching debut for Division 1 Texas Southern this past weekend. Alaina who played the last two years for ICC was the leader in the circle for the Pirates. She helped the Lady Pirates to host two home playoff birst and two trips to the Regional tournament, including helping the team to becoming the frist "NJCAA Regional Runner up" in ICC softball history. Stubblefield made her first appearance in the circle for TSU this past Saturday againts Akron and earned her first win as well, helling the Tigers to a 5-2 victory. "We are so proud to see Alaina starting out like this. It's always great to see former players who have moved on doing great," stated Burnett. Several players will be making their debut at the next level within the next few days. Including Shelby Cassity at Drury University and Carley Conley at Rogers State University.
2/6/14- Sophomore transfer Kaity Rash,from Cherryvale,KS made her commitment to Panhandle State University yesterday. Rash a sophomore joined the Lady Pirates this fall and will bring valuable Jayhawk conference experience to this years team. Kaity playing this weekend in Galveston led the team with a .667 batting average and had her first homerun as a Lady Pirate. She swings a hard bat and is very quick, thats a great combination for us in the line up, We look forward to a lot of good things out of her this year. Kaity will be joining OPSU and will be the kind of player who will make an immediate impact for their program. We are very proud of her commitment to them, stated Burnett. The Lady Pirate travel this weekend down to Kilgore, TX to play.
1/7/14- Sophomore transfer Laura Wilson,from Paradise, Texas, made her commitment to Southwestern Oklahoma State University over the holiday break. Wilson a sophomore came to the Lady Pirates this past fall as a transfer and helped ICC to a successful fall season on the mound. We are excited for the experience that she bring to our pitching staff. She is our only sophomore pitcher so we expect alot out of her. Both coach Beau and myself are very proud and excited that she will be attending SWOSU. As Alums to their athletic programs it hold a special place in our hearts. Southwestern is a great school and we loved our time there, commented Burnett. ICC softball will kick off in just a few short weeks in Glaveston, Texas.
12/6/13- Sophomore Sierra Potts,from Brock, Texas, made her commitment to Rogers State Univrsity today. Potts a returning starter, who played centerfield for the Lady Pirates was a crucial part of the success for ICC last spring. Helping take the lady pirates to a 37-20 record and the Regional Finals."Sierra is a great student and athlete. She works hard to maintain a 4.0 and compete for us on the field. We are so excited for her decision." commented Burnett. Potts who was named NFCA Academic All American last spring will join former teammate Carley Conley to play for the RSU Hillcats.
9/21/13- The lady pirates hosted a family fun day this past saturday. "It was great having all of the families that came in this weekend for our get together. It was a much needed break for the girls. They were able to see their familes and hav fun this weekend," commented Burnett. The families were invited to play in a slowpitch game against the team and then tailgate at the football game later that evening. The turnout for the event was great and it was an amazing afternoon.
9/9/13- ICC Softball take the idea of community service serious... but they know how to have fun while doing it! On Mondays thru September and October the team plays softball with an amazing group of athletes from the community.
9/4/13 The 2013 ICC Softball team went to Eisenhower School here in Independence to play softball with the 1st grade classes. The team attended the first friday of school to help with the classes."It was a great time, we had the whole team there playing and had four t-ball games going on for the students. I think my team had as much if not more fun than the 1st graders," said Burnett. ICC Softball is involved with lots of community service events. "We feel that community service is very important. We are trying to help make our players better overall individuals," Burnett stated.
7/11/13 The Independence Community College Softball team hosted their annual softbal camp earlier this week. They gave instruction in all aspects of the sport the campers and a great time was had by all despite the heat.
7/1/13 The Independence Community College Softball team will be hosting their softball skills camp on July 8-10 from 9:00am-11:30 am at Emmerson field. The cost is $40 and is open to 6 years- to 12th grade. Registration starts at 8:45 am. Email coach Burnett at email@example.com for more information or to register.
4/28/13 The Lady Pirates head softball coach Barbara Burnett had the privilege to travel internationally with USAAI this June to coach softball. When asked Burnett said, “It was a real honor to have been given the opportunity. I really enjoyed the chance to see how softball is played elsewhere.” Coach Burnett traveled with a team of 12 athletes to The Netherlands to compete against several clubs and represent the United States. “It was a very rewarding experience. I coached some amazing young ladies and saw some outstanding players from overseas. I know that I have made some great connections for softball over there and have made some lifelong friends. The softball team and their organizations were so welcoming and good to us, that I don’t feel as if I can thank them enough. I am forever changed from this experience,” said Burnett
4/28/13 The ICC softball team earned many honors this season. “We were fortunate to have so many athletes selected for these honors. It speaks to how hard our team worked all season, because without our team being so successful, these young ladies wouldn’t have received them,” Burnett said. NJCAA All AMERICAN & NFCA ALL AMERICAN- Carley Conley NJCAA ALL REGION- Carley Conley, Jamie Kowalick, Heather Lanphear & Alaina Stubblefield NFCA All Region- Carley Conley & Heather Lanphear KJCAA All Conference- Jamie Kowalick, Heather Lanphear, Alaina Stubblefield & Carley Conley ICC Offensive MVP- Carley Conley ICC Defensive MVP- Alaina Stubblefield ICC Hard Hat Award- Rebecca Scarbrough ICC D.I.R.T. Award- Lydia Roemer
4/27/13 Sophomore Shelby Cassity has made her decision to continue her career at Drury University. Shelby, a two year starter and the teams anchor at 3rd base was a crucial part of ICC’s success the past two year. “I am so happy for Shelby; she’s a great kid with a great work ethic. I know she will do very well in representing ICC ,” Burnett added.
The Lady Pirates went on a terror these last two years shattering most of the team and individual records in the history of the softball program. This year’s team finished second on the Most season wins with a 37-20 season falling just one win short of tying the 1996 team. Between Burnett’s 2012 & 2013 team they hold 15/17 team records and 18/21 individual records. “I had two amazing teams who worked tremendously hard all year and it paid off, and it shows in the records that these girls have broken,” stated Burnett. These two teams accumulated the following records: Most at bats in a season with 1,560, Most hits with 421, most doubles with 106, most homeruns with 46, highest batting average with a .349, most stolen bases with 63, most base on balls with 193, most sacrifices with 111, most hit by pitches with 32, most innings pitched with 378, most strikeouts with317, most saves with 5, most shutouts with 6, lowest era with 2.22 and best fielding percentage with .948. They went on to have many players break individual records as well as Head Coach Barbara Burnett being named the winningest softball coach ICC history. Carley Conley holds the following ICC records: #1 Single season at Bats with 190, #1 single season doubles with 20, #1 single season hits with 90, #3 with home runs at 14, #1 Single season batting average with .511 #2 in Single season slugging at .858, #1 single season RBi’s with67, #1 Single season runs scored with 63, #1 Single season stolen bases with 22, #1 single season on base percentage with .551, #5 in single season assists with 88 and tied for #1 in single season games played at 57. Heather Lanphear holds the following records: #4 on single season at Bats with 173, #3 on Single season doubles with 17, #5 on Single season hits with 71, #1 & #2 on Single season homeruns with 20 & 15, #5 on single season batting average with .410, # 4 on single season slugging with .769, #3 on RBI’s with 57, #5 on Single season runs scored with 47 and #3 in on base percent at .498, #2 in single season putouts with 263 and tied#1 in single season games played at 57. Jamie Kowalick holds the following records: #5 on season single doubles with 14, # 3 on single season hits with 75, #3 single season batting average with .436, #5 single season on base percentage with .468 and #3 in single season putouts with 181 Sierra Potts holds the following records: #3 in triples with 4, #4 in runs scored with 47 and #3 in stolen bases with 11 Shelby Cassity holds the following records: #1 In HBP with 11 Bre Linden holds the following records: #2 on single season fielding percentage with a .984 and #5 in HBP with 6. Ali Peter holds the following record: #2 in HBP with 9 Lydia Roemer holds the following record: #4 in HBP with 4, #3 in single season fielding percentage at .983 and #4 in single season games played at 56. Sam Oxford holds the following records: #5 in season appearances with 28 , #4 in ERA with 3.35, # 5 in K’s with 44 and #4 in wins with 11. Jacey Hampshire holds the following records: #4 in single season K’s with 72 and #5 in single season wins with 9. Alaina Stubblefield holds the following records: #1 in Season appearances with 49, #3 in ERA with 3.04, #1 in K’s with 254, #1 in wins with 26 and #1 in saves with 5.
6/24/13 The Lady Pirates Softball team once again had a record setting season. The team finished up their regular season by earning a home playoff series for the second time in two seasons since Head Coach Barbara Burnett took over. The lady Pirates hosted Montgomery county rival Coffeyville in a best of three series on April 29th at Emmerson Field. Independence swept Coffeyville with a game one 8-2 victory and a game two 3-2 victory, once again clenching a berth in the NJCAA Regional Tournament. They lady Pirates went onto Topeka and would fall short with a 6-3 loss to Johnson County in the first game of the tournament. The team battled their way back beating Hutchinson 3-1 and Johnson County 4-2 to put themselves in the championship series against Cowley County. “We always felt as a team that if we didn’t get to the championship game that our season would have fell short of our goals. Our goal was to be in that game because we were determined to be better than our team the year before,” stated Coach Barbara Burnett. Last year ICC was beat out by Johnson County in the Semi- final round. Independence battled hard against the Tigers but it wasn’t enough and their season ended just short of a National tournament berth with a 4-2 loss to Cowley County. They did however surpass last year’s season record of 25-27, with a 37-20 season and earning a NJCAA reserve ranking. “I’m very proud of my girls; they are an amazing group of young ladies who deserve everything they have worked for. I will definitely miss this group. It’s my first recruiting class so they have a special place in my heart,” said Burnett.
4/30/13 The Lady Pirates had to overcome mother nature to finally play their playoff game at home this week. They were scheduled to play on Saturday but the weather had a different idea. The players and coaches spent three days getting the field ready to play, which included pumping water off the field, approximately 1500 pounds of quick dry and of course a mud fight. "Sometimes all you can do is laugh and make the best of a situation like that. But I have one of the best field crews. The girls take a lot of pride in their facilities and it shows with all the improvements that they raised the money to make," coach Burnett stated. The Lady Pirates opened up their game at 5:00 Monday evening and it was almost 11:00pm when they finished. They faced several delays in game one when a new umpire had to come in due to an official having to be taken to the hospital, but it didn't slow down the lady pirates. With Alaina Stubblefield on the mound and striking out 13 of the red Ravens to earn the win, the team also responded with some timely hitting. They opened the bottom of the first up with a base hit by freshman, Sierra Potts, then it was followed up with back to back homeruns by Sophomores Heather Lanphear and Carley Conley to put them ahead 3-1 at the end of the first inning. The pirates didn't stop there and beat Cofeyville 8-2 in the 7th inning. Game two the with Sophomore Jacey Hampshire on the mound the Lady Pirates pulled their short game out and were able to beat Coffeyville 3-2. Hampshire earned the win with Stubblefield getting the save. Burnett said, "the girls have worked really hard and are full of fight. What makes this group of young ladies so special is their heart and determination." The Lady Pirates will advance to the NJCAA Regional tournament in Topeka this weekend for the second straight year. They will open up with Johnson County at 10am this Saturday at Hummer Sports Park. The team enters the tournament 35-18. Pictured: Assistant Coach Alex Mese, Carley Conley, Head Coach Barbara Burnett and Lesley McGrew
4/24/13 The Lady Pirates Softball team once again did something that hasn't been done in the ICC softball program. The team earned Reserved Rankings on the NJCAA DII polls this week. No pirate softball team has ever been ranked before. When asked Burnett contributed that to the team. "The team deserves all the credit, it starts with the sophomore class. They were the reason this program turned around in a years time and the reason we were able to bring this freshman class in. We are excited to finally get national recognition the girls deserve it." The Lady Pirates beat several ranked teams throughout the season including Galveston, San Jacinto, Labette and highland.
4/27/13 This coming Monday (4/29) ICC Softball will be hosting Motgomery county rival Coffeyville in the first round of Region VI play. It will be a best of three series with saturdays game times of 5:00pm & 7:00pm. With Sunday's if necessary game at 1:00pm. ICC goes into the series with a 20-10 regional record and a 33-18 overall record for the 2013 season. Come out this weekend and support your Lady Pirates!
From Left to Right: Assistant Coach Beau Burnett, Carley Conley, Heather Lanphear and Head Coach Barbara Burnett 4/22/13 Two Lady Pirates signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their playing Career. Sophomore Heather Lanphear, of Barnsdall Oklahoma, inked her way on the roster of NCAA D2 Oklahoma Panhandle State University. While Sophomore Carley Conley, from Paris Texas, signed her letter with Rogers State University. Both girls were among the few girls that coach Burnett signed early in her time of taking over the program. "I was very fortunate to get these two girls so late in the recruiting game. Carley and Heather who were both part of very successful high school programs and helped lead ICC softball program turnaround". Both girls last year were top in the nation in batting. With Lanphear hitting 20 homeruns while Conley batted .542 on the year.
4/24/13 With a sophomore night sweep of region team, Hesston, that the Lady Pirates had to play on the road at RSU, head coach Barbara Burnett became the coach with the most wins in the 20 years of the program. Burnett surpassed the record that was held by Bill Gray, currently the head coach at MSSU, who started the program here at Independence. In her three years here at ICC she has earned 65 wins.
4/12/13 This coming year ICC Softball will celebrate 20 years of softball! We are working on putting together an Alumni Weekend and game and are searching for our Alumni. If you are or know any former Lady Pirate Softball player please reach out to them with this information! Please select the right side link on this page that says "prospective Student athlete form" and fill out the information and select alumni! We look forward to expanding our contact list and a wonderful time this fall!
3/25/13 Lady Pirate Alaina Stubblefield & Carley Conley Named KJCCC Pitcher and Player Of The Week
2/20/13 Lady Pirate Alaina Stubblefield Named KJCCC Pitcher Of The Week
2/11/13 Lady Pirate Carley Conley Named KJCCC Player Of The Week
12/04/12 Lady Pirate Carley Conley Commits to Rogers State University
The Lady Pirates once again have reason to celebrate. Sophomore shortstop Carley Conley committed to Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma on Tuesday. From Paris, Texas she was named all NJCAA Region Shortstop and nominated for NJCAA All american and will be joining the Hillcats 2013 squad. Carley Conley was ICC softball coach Barbara Burnett's first signing after taking the helm for the Lady Pirates. Carley set many offensive and defensive records last season as a freshman shortstop and leader for Independence. Conley who led the the KJCCC with a .542 batting average in conference finished the year with a .503 season batting average and ranked 24th in the nation in individual hitting. "We were very fortunate to get Carley as a part of our program and to have an athlete with her ability to anchor our defense at shortstop, which was a big signing for us. She is a great athlete and a great leader on our team and will be hard to replace. We expect great things out of her this spring and also when she joins the Hillcat Program," commented Burnett. Carley joins the Rogers State University program that was recently ranked sixth in a Sooner Conference pre-season poll and will be in familiar hands. The Hillcats are headed by Mark Dicus who is in his 4th season there and is transitioning the team from a successful run in the NAIA to NCAA Division 2. The Lady Pirates faced RSU in the fall season of the past two years and have fared very well under the guidance of Burnett who played high school softball for Coach Dicus in Dewey, Oklahoma. "I am excited to see any of my players move on to the next level but this is particularly exciting to me because not only do I know she will be taken care of there but I know Coach Dicus will continue to push Carley to great success. I loved playing for Coach Dicus and I know she will too", commented Burnett. Conley will join a top ranked program that is full of great athletes and with the work ethic she diplays she should fit in well with the Hillcat program. "We are so excited to get a player of Carley's caliber! She will fill our void at shortstop for next year and we look for her to make a huge impact right away," commented Dicus. Carley will be taking the field once again for the Lady Pirates as their starting shortstop this spring. Carley stated, "Three years ago I didn't even see myself playing college softball and now I'm about to begin my last season here at ICC and then transfer to play two more years at Rogers State. It's bittersweet and very exciting. I'm ready to begin my next chapter as a Hillcat." You can catch the Lady Pirates at their first home game February 12th against Conners State College at 2 & 4 pm.
11/16/12 Division 1 Texas Southern University signs ICC Softball Sophomore Pitcher to National Letter of Intent
The Independence Lady pirates celebrated the signing of Alaina Stubblefield, pitcher, to Texas Southern University. Stubblefield, from Euless, Texas will join the Lady Tigers in the fall of 2013. Alaina was the first Pitcher that Burnett recruited when she took over the program in November of 2010 and the lady Pirates first Division 1 signing. She played an integral role in the success of last years team with her pitching and helped the Lady Pirates host for the first time a home playoff series and move on to the NJCAA Regional tournament. "Alaina, in the circle, was a huge part of the success the team experienced last spring and we look forward to her taking the reigns again this year for us. Alaina, who received All Region recognition last spring, will be coming into the Divison 1 SWAC Conference and we will be looking for her to do big things there as well and look forward to the continued relationship with TSU," said Burnett. Alaina set and broke many school records for Independence and is expected to do the same this year as she has worked very hard and had a successful fall battling many 4 year teams including 3 D1 schools. The Lady Tigers, coached by Worley Barker, played in the SWAC tournament and fell just short of the championship game and returns a great squad that Stubblefield will join. Barker commented, "We are excited about Alaina joining our program. She will add strength to our pitching rotation and we are expecting immediate results from her, along with the leadership she will bring with her. "Going from not winning a game my senior year in high school to making a complete turnaround at ICC and making the regional tournament has made me realize the potential that I have to play at the D1 level. So when I got the chance I took the offer in a heartbeat. I am so grateful for this opportunity to play at Texas Southen University and continue my college softball career," stated Stubblefield. The Lady Pirates will start their spring schedule on February 1st in Galveston, Texas.
The Independence Lady pirates have set forth for them some tough competition for their fall scrimmage season. The Pirates have so far played 1 junior college, 3 NCAA D2 schools and 2 NCAA D1 schools. "Playing a schedule like we have this fall is only going to make us that much better for the spring. We are putting our team in some high pressure situtations now to get us ready for play in our Jayhawk Conference. We will be better by playing this level of competition," Head Coach Barbara Burnett stated. The pirates who have done well so far, taking a win from Connors State, splitting with Drury University and upsetting Southwestern Oklahoma State University. ICC faced some tough competition though against Rogers State University, KU and Oklahoma State University, but came up short in the end. "I am proud of my girls. There is so much fight and drive in our team. We have played some top ranked teams and for us to have the opportunity to play and compete with them just makes us better." The Lady Pirates have two weeks left in their fall season, they travel to Oklahoma Baptist Thursday to take on OBU and Navarro. They finish up next week with Missouri Southern State Univeristy and Evangel University.
The Independence Lady pirates concluded their season this past weekend at the NJCAA Regional Tournament in Topeka, KS. The lady pirates, who finished the season 25-27 made a twenty game turnaround from the 2011 season that Burnett took over the previous December. The Lady pirates had several honors this season as well. Heather Lanphear was named 1st team All Conference, Carley Conley was named 2nd team All Conference, and Alaina Stubblefield was name All Conference Honorable Mention. Lanphear and Conley were also name 1st team All Region and Stubblefield and Rebecca Scarbrough were named 2nd team All Region. Carley Conley was also honored with All American Nomination. While Heather Lanphear was named NJCAA All American. Congratulations Lady Pirates on a great year!
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