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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Record Breaking Season

FRESHMAN TURSELLINO EARNS NFCA MID-ATLANTIC ALL-REGION THIRD TEAM RECOGNITIONIf you ask anyone on this team about Tara Tursellino, you will get the same answer every time. Everyone would say that Tara is a hard working player, excellent teammate, and a stand out leader for this program. Tara's dedication to pitching is far above what any coach could ask for. Her leadership skills has blossomed over the years. She has been a captain of this team for the last 3 years. All of her hard work has paid off at DSU. Over the last two years, she has had record breaking seasons, which she has remained humble about the entire way.

Tara had a record breaking season as a Junior in 2016, breaking both the appearances and saves records. She currently has 125 appearances and 10 saves (6 of those coming in her freshman year). Those achievements lead to her third selection to the All-MEAC second team.

This season, Tara is at it again. She is taking down batters and breaking records one at at time. On March 25, against Norfolk State, Tara broke the career record for Innings Pitched. She now sits alone at the top with 501 innings and counting. However, that was not the end of Tara's run for the record books; she again put her name in the books on April 9 at Hampton University where she broke the career record for Strikeouts. She currently has 357.

We asked Tara about the records she has broken here at Delaware State, and this is what she had to say:

SB: HORNETS OPEN MEAC PLAY WITH ROAD SERIES AT UMES"First of all, I want to thank God for giving me the ability to break these records. It feels like a dream come true. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to break these records. I want to thank my coaches for believing in me and my teammates for having my back on the mound. Without them, this accomplishment wouldn't have been possible."

                                          We also asked her what her favorite thing about pitching is.

Tara Tursellino"My favorite thing about pitching is throwing the rev fire ball and seeing how many revolutions I can get. I love competing against myself to beat my previous score. I also love fooling the batter with my rise ball. It is my favorite pitch to throw."

We don't believe that Tara is done breaking records this season. She is 1 win shy of tying the record for wins. The current record is 45 set by Brittney Ruark in 2010. She is also 1 complete game shy of the record held by three other Hornets. Our hope for this season is that Tara sits alone at the top of all of these records. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, we have no doubt that she can pull it off. 

Congratulations Tara!


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Jordan Casey: A Future Soldier

Most student athletes will tell you how hard it is to wake up to be at a 6 am practice, then workout, then go to school, and find time for their social life. Jordan is one of the few exceptions. Jordan never complains about any of these activities AND you would have no idea that before all of that she may have come from Physical Training with her ROTC Battalion. Private Casey or Jordan, as we know her, aspires to be in Military Intelligence. "Military Intelligence is responsible for all collected intelligence during Army missions. They provide essential information that often saves soldiers fighting on the front lines", Jordan explains. The DSU Army ROTC Unit is allowing her to jump start her career. She has the opportunity to become commissioned in the Army as an Officer upon graduation.

Alongside all of her major classes required for her degree in Criminal Justice, Jordan is enrolled in an ROTC course that focuses on leadership, tactics and techniques, personal development, values, ethics, and officership.  Her favorite aspect of the class is the hands on activities and the atmosphere of PT. "The atmosphere of PT is one of my favorite parts. You would imagine that everyone would be tired at 0545, but no we are motivated and excited to be together in order to get stronger and better", says Jordan.

We asked Jordan some questions specifically about the ROTC program. Here is what she had to say.

What is PT like?
At PT we run a lot. Early morning PT is designed to be done to keep us in shape and help us on our AFT, which is a PT test that we have to pass. This includes a 2 mile run, 2 minutes of push ups, and 2 minutes of sit ups.

How is your Battalion (group of students) set up?
At DSU, we are a part of the Blue Hen Battalion. The Battalion is made up of a few schools with the University of Delaware being the host school. DSU is specifically is the Bravo Company inside of the Battalion.

What was your JROTC rank in high school and what is it now?
I graduated high school with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. I was the Battalion Commander my senior year. That means I was in charge of over 200 cadets. I am currently a Private at DSU.

How do you balance ROTC and softball?
Managing ROTC and softball is difficult, but definitely doable. Coming in as a freshman in the fall and trying to make every single PT session and being at every softball event was difficult. I quickly learned that I cannot be in two places at once. Out of season, I try to make every single ROTC event, even if that meant missing practice. During season though, softball comes first. The physical aspect is not bad, I feel as though doing both only helps me unless I overwork myself. Finding the balance is key.

Delaware State has made all of these opportunities happen for Jordan. She has the opportunity to play the sport that she loves, obtain the degree she desires, and she will have a head start on her career by becoming an officer in the United States Army. These opportunities can be a reality for you as well, as long as you put your mind and heart to it.

Check back every Monday for a new blog! GO HORNETS

Monday, April 3, 2017

Pre-Game Rituals

This week we asked some of the players what their pre-game rituals are. Read below to find out what some of our players had to say.

What are some of your pre-game rituals?

JR Vanessa Washington #23
"I have to visualize myself doing what I want to happen."

JR Jessica Shalongo #20
"On the way to the field I listen to the music I like. It helps me stay relaxed and not overthink. Once we get to the field I always have positive self talk throughout my warm up. Before going on the field I always get a piece of gum and reapply chapstick. On the field I take deep breathes before each pitch and walk to the back of the circle and look at my cleats and than my teammates to make sure they are ready."

SO Alexis Goldsby #2
"A pregame ritual that I have is after warm ups, I pray before I go out on the mound."

SO Sabrina Quarles #1
"During warm ups I prepare mentally. Giving myself certain situations before each swing off the tee and in the cage. I find a focal point on the field to keep me engaged throughout the game. Right after the national anthem, I always say a prayer. Praying for strength and health throughout the game for not only my team but our opponents. Then I thank God for having the opportunity to play this game."

FR Jasmine Melgoza #8
"I only have a few pregame rituals like listening to music which is most likely Rihanna. Also depending on my mood I either chew gum or eat seeds throughout the game. Lastly, I always have to stretch before each at bat."

FR Kaleigh Berry #5
"When I'm getting dressed I always put my right sock on first and when I get to the field I put my right cleat on before my left. I always have one of my teammates braid my hair for me and I always listen to at least 1 song to pump me up before we get to the field."

Assistant Coach Jessica Mattia 
"When I was a player, a lot of our pregame rituals were done as a team. When we jogged or threw, we had a cheer that we all did to just remember the tradition and pride we have in our school and program. We all played volleyball in the parking lot before every home game and we always parked in the same spots. My own pregame rituals were more of superstition. I had a sock that I wore every game on my right foot even if i had to wear it under the game sock for the day. It was from my first college win and I wore it every game. I also ate either bacon or pixie sticks before every game.

As a coach, I don't really have pregame rituals. I have a few in game rituals or superstitions. I make sure I high five the pitchers the same way every time." 

Athletic Trainer Casey Cooper
"I don't really have any, just to make sure I have my kit ready to go in case I need it and also make sure I have enough gum during baseball and enough seeds for softball." :)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What Inspires Us?

We all have that one thing that inspires us most. For some, it's our parents and for others it is a quote or idea. We all have something ignites our fire and helps us on our journey to greatness. This week we asked our players to tell us what inspires them to play the game of softball with passion and intensity. Their responses really showed their heart and their love of the game.

Vanessa Washington
The goal of trying to be the best that I can be or striving to do better than my best is what inspires me. The will to try and be better than my best is what motivates me to take an extra rep, to wake up a little earlier and get more work in, to keep going when I feel like I can't go on anymore.- Vanessa Washington

Sabrina Quarles"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. 
Be careful." This quote by John Wooden helps me to remember the greater aspects in life. Everyday that I get to play softball is a blessing and so I continuously work hard and play each game like it's my last, leaving everything out on the field.- Sabrina Quarles

Jasmine MelgozaI play because I fell in love with the game when I was young. It's always been my safe haven, a place where I can be myself and do what I do best. I play for my parents and myself as they have helped me to get where I am today. This sport challenges me to do my best and overcome failure. It has taught me many lessons and skills that I am able to apply to the real world. I am grateful for everything it has taught me and will continue to teach me in the future.- Jasmine Melgoza

Khaliyah Flournory

"If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great." This quote by Tom Hanks has motivated me to embrace the game and the adversity that comes along with it. While juggling the challenges of consistency and positive mentality, softball has taught me to look failure straight in the face and compete with it. Not many people can do that. - Khaliyah Flournory

Tara Tursellino"Be strong and courageous. Don't be afraid do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9. This verse inspires me to play because believing in this verse allows me to play freely. I don't play for myself, I play for God. He gave me the ability to play and for that I play for Him.- Tara Tursellino

Kaleigh BerryMy teammates are what inspire me to play. Watching them give their all and nothing less whether it's at practice or a game and seeing them trying to do whatever possible. It pushes me to try to be a fierce competitor and it makes me want to get better for them.- Kaleigh Berry

Hannah Shields"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked for her." This quote by Mia Hamm is what inspires me. I remember failure after failure as a kid, and I remember all the people who told me I couldn't or wasn't good enough. Those people and memories are what inspires me to play and continue getting better even when things seem too hard.- Hannah Shields

Jordan CaseyI play softball for the little girl who fell in love with the game. I continue to play because it has been my whole life and I wouldn't know what else to do without it. Many people inspire me to play, my dad being one of them. He put the first baseball in my hands when I was a baby. He is my biggest fan and I strive to make him proud of me. A bible verse that keeps me going is Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for human masters." I believe I was made to play softball and this verse helps me to push myself everyday to get better.- Jordan Casey

Mika Lumsden"When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge." This quote by Terry Bradshaw sums up what inspires me to play. I play to have fun and also to prove that I am an athlete deserving of playing at the D1 level. With that, all the values I've learned by playing softball such as hard work and perseverance can be used in other aspects of my life.- Mika Lumsden

Micaela Cummings
What inspires me to play is the people I have been surrounded with. I grew up in a family ruled by softball. Both of my sisters went to play ball at the D1 collegiate level. The way both of them have always respected the game and played with passion throughout ups and downs of their careers has inspired me to want to play the way they always have and to show respect for the endless opportunities it has provided me.- Micaela Cummings

Jessica Shalongo"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13. This bible verse reminds me to work hard not only for myself, but for my teammates. My family inspires me to work hard and play the game which ultimately gives me the opportunity to make them proud. That is something I strive to accomplish everyday. I know they are not looking for results, rather the strength I have to work hard and dedicate myself to the game. For this reason I eliminate self doubt and believe that through the difficulties I face, I have support and the strength I need to overcome any obstacles I face.- Jessica Shalongo.

What inspires you to be great? What motivates you to keep going?

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Defensive Practice

Hello everyone!
We are less than 4 days away until we start travelling to play our first tournament at USC Upstate. WE ARE SO EXCITED! This weekend, we were able to practice on our field with our new Nike cleats :) Here is a short video of  defense practice and we hope you like it!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More than a Coach

Since returning to the MEAC in October 2014, Head Coach Amber Jackson has been making a statement as a first time head coach. In her first season, the Hornets had a program best 14 game win streak and secured its second straight MEAC North Division Title. In 2016, the Hornets tied that win streak and added on a third consecutive Northern MEAC Title. DSU also lead the MEAC in batting average, slugging percentage, runs, hits, RBI’s, double, home runs, and total bases. Jackson also finished off the season as MEAC Coach of the Year.

However, there is more to Coach Jackson than softball, awards, and stats. Her players describe her as dedicated, loyal, competitive, honest, passionate, and driven. Her coaching staff would say she is caring, invested, and motivated. Her assistant said, “She’s more than my co-worker, she’s my teammate. More importantly she’s my friend and mentor.”

Coach Jackson cares deeply for her players. She treats them as more than athletes. She cares for them on an academic and personal level. Monthly they meet to talk about the player’s goals on the field, in the classroom, and in their lives.

She truly touches her player’s lives. Alumni Kili Mathews-Blue sent in a quote saying what it meant to her that Coach Jackson attended her wedding.

“It was so special because it showed that she cared about me outside of school and softball. She cared about my life and what was going on in it. That was one of the biggest and best days of my life and it meant a lot to have my coach there. She actually flew back the morning of my wedding from recruiting just to be there!”

Coach Jackson doesn’t just extend this caring nature to her current and former players; it’s who she is all around and all the time. When asking freshman Desiree Moreno what it was like to be recruited by Coach Jackson, this is what she had to say:

“Being recruited by Coach Jackson was like a dream come true. I knew from the start that I’d be making the right decision in committing to Del State. Having such a talented former softball star interested in me was such an honor. She was so caring and dedicated. There was no doubt in my mind that I would feel comfortable with her as my coach.”

We gave Coach Jackson the opportunity to sit down and answer some questions so our viewers had to opportunity to get to know her a little better. Some were softball related, some a little less serious.

What are you looking forward to most this season?
Game ONE. Two reasons. One, its the freshmen's first game. They worked so hard throughout the recruiting process and have been longing for the day that they get to step on the field and represent DSU. That time has come for them and I get excited for that every year. Its one of my most memorable experiences in life, the first game of your college career. The second reason, in game one I learn a lot about our team, how we are doing, what we are capable of, where we need to grow and so much more. 

What is the number one characteristic you look for in recruits?
I look for athletes who are going to fit into the culture we are trying to create. I want athletes who want to build the program and create a legacy here at Delaware State University. Athletes who are willing to get uncomfortable in order to  discover the strength and courage it takes to fight through the adversity on and off the field, 

What is your favorite thing about the MEAC conference?
Heart- The will and the fight the teams have.  

What is your favorite dugout snack?
 Tootsies rolls (absolute favorite), bubble gum, starburst, skittles the purple pack, snickers, pretty much anything I can chew on.

What hobbies do you have?
I like cooking, baking, watching superhero movies, country line dancing, and going to sit on the beach at sunrise or sunset

East Coast or West Coast and why?
I prefer west coast food (Mexican food), but east coast scenery (trees, beaches and seasons).

What is your dream vacation?
Any place that has an awesome view of the ocean and good food count me in. But to be honest my favorite vacations from life have been the mission trips I've taken.

As a player what song or songs pumped you up?
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till You Get Enough

What is your favorite food to cook or bake?

Favorite Artist?
Michael Jackson 

Favorite TV Show Ever?
I Love Lucy and Dick Van Dyke

      We hope you enjoyed this more in depth look into the leader of the DSU Hornet Softball Team. She loves her athletes and she loves the game she coaches. The Hornet Softball program is so grateful to have her here. Continue to follow us every week for a new blog right here at

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Upcoming Season Anticipation

With the season, just three weeks away, the anticipation is rising for the Hornets.  Your Delaware State Hornets favored to win its 4th MEAC Northern Division softball title according to the MEAC Preseason Polls.  The Delaware State softball team opens their season with a tournament in South Carolina against Western Carolina and USC Upstate.

With the hopeful returners, Dani Velez (2B/3B), Tara Tursellino (P), Mika Lumsden (OF), Vanessa Washington (C), Khaliyah Flournory (OF), Jessica Shalongo (P), Sabrina Quarles (OF), and Alexis Goldsby (P), the Hornets look forward to the competition that this season will bring. "I am excited for this upcoming season because it is my last season and I can't wait to make it the best one yet" said senior Dani Velez.  

New to the roster are freshmen, Jordan Casey (SS), Kaleigh Berry (OF), Micaela Cummings (1B), Hannah Shields (P), Desiree Moreno (C), and Jasmine Melgoza (2B/3B). " Personally, I am thrilled about the upcoming season. It has been something I have dreamed of since I was little and I can't wait to get out there and play with my teammates."said freshmen Jordan Casey. During the fall, the freshman got a little taste of Division I collegiate softball, but in just three short weeks they will get to experience their first season playing for the Delaware State University Hornets! Trust us, they are more than ready to get their cleats dirty!

Head Coach, Amber Jackson and Assistant Coach, Jessica Mattia and Graduate Assistants Chloe Oro and Joel Jean-Simon are also excited for the season to start. "All of the players are excited to start playing games. Practices have been going well and the energy has been high." says Coach Mattia. The Hornets have been working hard on fielding, hitting and speed training during pre-season and plan to see the girls hard work pay off this season.

The Hornets are out to make a big impact this year, so stay tuned and enjoy the ride with us!

GO HORNETS!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Day in the Life of Sabrina Quarles

One of the most often asked questions that someone asks our athletes when they visit DSU is,"What does a typical day look like for you?" One of our players sat down with me to answer this question for all of our viewers. Sabrina Quarles is a sophomore outfielder from Artesia, California. She is a Mass Communications major with a concentration in Journalism. She is also minoring in Textiles and Apparel with the intent of becoming a Fashion Journalist one day.

Here is a typical Wednesday for Sabrina:

5:15am- Wake Up
6:00-6:30am: Conditioning
6:30-7:45am: Team Hitting
8:00am: Breakfast at Starbucks
9:00-9:50am: African American Music 
10:00-10:50am: Apparel Construction 2
12:00pm: Lunch at the Cafe
2:00-2:50pm: Introduction to Art
4:00-5:30pm: Team Defense
7:00pm: Dinner
8:00-9:30pm: Study
9:00pm: Drink tea
9:30pm: Go to bed

This wraps up the day for Sabrina. Wednesdays are her busiest days. Thursdays, however,  she has only one class in the morning and the whole afternoon to herself. This allows her to do homework, nap, or have some down time with her friends. Here is a short interview we did about her schedule and activities she likes to do outside of softball.

Favorite class? Reporting and writing because it focuses on my major and it is something I am really interested in. We do mock journals as if we were the journalist covering a story.

What do you do in African American Music?- We learn about a different culture of music. It is a very hands-on class. We learned to play the drums.

What is Apparel Construction 2? I learn how to create garments. I have to cut the pieces out, sew them together, and fit them on a mannequin. Our final project is going to be designing a 3-piece outfit.

Currently Sabrina is adding a pocket onto a pair of pants.
What are some of your weekly hobbies? Playing with the adoption dogs at PetsMart, trying different restaurants, and baking in the dorm toaster oven.

What is a piece of advice you would give to incoming student athletes? Have an open mind. Some majors require classes that you do not think are relevant, but it puts you out of your comfort zone and it could be fun. Also, make sure you don't put too much on your plate at once. DSU offers a lot of resources to help you with schooling and managing your time, but you have to take advantage of it.

Coming to college as an athlete can look overwhelming and scary, but if you manage your time correctly you will be able to fit everything into your day. Sabrina has found a schedule that allows her to complete all of her school work, attend practice and class, have time for friends, and even go to bed at the same time every night.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Favorite Place on Campus

Hello everyone, 
This week we asked some of the team what their favorite place on campus is and why.

My favorite place on campus is my dorm room. I love being there because I really enjoy spending time with my roommates. They're so much fun to hangout, and relax withHannah Shields, FR

My favorite place to be on campus is in our suite because I love hanging out and laughing with my roommates.  - Micaela Cummings, FR


My favorite place on campus is the Village Cafe because it's where I get to eat my meals and socialize with my friends. Sometimes they even have chocolate ice cream with sprinkles. ☺    - Danielle Velez, SR

My favorite place to be on campus is definitely the DSU athletic training facility. This is my favorite place to be because of the top of the line equipment. It is a place where I get to do what I enjoy with my teammates and athletic trainers supporting me each step of the way. 
- Sabrina Quarles, SO

After long days of classes, softball and work I often look forward to being in my room where I can relax. I do my best to complete my work during the day so I can avoid having to do any work at night in my room. 
- Jessica Shalongo, JR

  My favorite place to be on campus is the science center because I never got lost there.

- Mika Lumsden, JR 

My favorite place to be is the MLK building because of all the different events that are held so it's a great time to interact with peers. Also there is a game room.

- Alexis Goldsby, SO

My favorite place to be on campus is at the Conrad because I love to eat.

- Khaliyah Flournory, JR

Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome Back!!

It's 2017!!! It's time to get down to business on a new semester and a new season. The Hornets braved the snow storm and made their way back to school. Safely back on campus, they hit the ground running. This week, they are hitting the weight room, turf, and the classroom hard in their pursuit of excellence. With the start of a new year, the girls have a lot to look forward to. We asked all of the players to tell us a little bit of what they are looking forward to in 2017.

What is your New Year's Resolution?

"My New Year's Resolution is to better myself. I plan to start new habits like saving money, eating better, and drinking more water."- Alexis

"My New Year's Resolution is to not stress the little things and enjoy 2017 with my awesome teammates."- Micaela

What class are you most excited about?

"I am most excited about taking Anatomy and Physiology 2. It's going to be a challenging class, but I find learning about the human anatomy is extremely interesting."- Jasmine

"I am most excited about my military science class. The class teaches us and helps us prepare to be future leaders in the United States Army." Jordan

What is the best part about coming back to DSU?

"The best part about coming back is being with my team, continuing my education, and no sales tax in Delaware."- Mika

"The best part about coming back is being with my suite mates and the rest of my team." Kaleigh

"The best part about coming back is being back with my teammates and being able to go into my first collegiate season with them."- Desiree

How are you feeling going into your last semester at DSU?

"I'm excited to get out into the work force and begin my adult life. I am going to miss playing softball for DSU and I also will miss the friendships that I have gained by being here."-Tara

"I am sad that it is my last season playing softball, but I am also ready to enjoy every moment of it. I am extremely anxious to finish my undergrad and start working towards my career."-Dani

What are you most looking forward to in 2017?

"I am looking forward to being a part of the Delaware State softball program for a second season. I can't wait to make my mark on the team and continue to strive to be my best. I look forward to competing both physically and mentally with my teammates by my side. This season will be filled with traveling, hard work, and great memories."- Sabrina

"I am looking forward to getting to experience an opportunity to travel with my teammates to new places." - Jess

"I am looking forward to traveling with my teammates and experiencing the game and facilities against higher ranked teams."- Khaliyah

"I am most looking forward to playing with the team and building more memories as we compete against other teams in the country."- Vanessa

The Hornets are excited to spend the 2017 season with all of you. Thank you for all of your support. Join us at the Hornet's Nest this season for our home games.

Home Game Schedule
March 18 & 19- University of Maryland Eastern Shore 
April 4- Drexel University
April 14 & 15- Morgan State University
April 22 & 23- Howard University
April 26- University of Delaware

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Where are they now? Chelsea Stern

Owings, Maryland native Chelsea Stern had an excellent career at Delaware State University from 2009-2012. She proudly wore #5 and spent her playing time in the Outfield. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Criminal Justice and is pursing her career goal of becoming a police officer. 

Chelsea finished career with a .972 fielding percentage. In 2011 she lead the team in walks (14) and finished 3rd on the team in stolen bases (7). She boasted a .354 batting average in 2010 with a .441 on-base percentage. 

We interviewed Chelsea to see where she is now.

What did you do after graduating?

"After graduation I began working Asset Protection at Target, waiting for my time to try and be a police officer." She now resides in Ownigs, Maryland.

Accomplishments at DSU?

"I made some great memories at DSU. I like to teach by example and one of my favorite memories is seeing a little girl's Little League card with her favorite player as me. I may not have played a lot, but that didn't mean I wasn't always working hard at practice. I always cheered on my teammates and helped anyway I could; even of that meant being a bullpen catcher for the pitchers to warm up!"

Tell us about some of your favorite moments at DSU.

"Favorite memories were anytime that I was with my teammates. They became my life long friends. We all get together every now and then and just catch up and reminisce about the good ol days! Being a D1 athlete and a full-time student has set me up for success in the real world. DSU has helped me manage my time and playing softball has helped me always work hard in the professional field."

Before DSU, Chelsea attended Northern High School in Owings, Maryland where she earned county Softball Player of the Year, First Team All-SMAC, and First Team All-Met honors her senior season. She helped lead her team to a regional and state title her senior year. Chelsea also excelled at soccer in high school, earning First Team All-County and First Team All-SMAC honors her junior year and winning a regional title her senior year.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Hannah Shields

  #8 Hannah Shields
State College, PA

    Favorite Softball Memory? Pitching to my dad in the side yard of my house.

What Has Been Your Favorite Part Of DSU So Far? Meeting new friends, and memories

  Favorite Food? Mac n’ cheese

 Favorite Softball Player? Sierra Romero

  Favorite Athlete? Grayson Allen

 Favorite Movie? 13 Hours

What Is Your Dream Vacation? Tour Europe

 If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be? Ability to time travel, become a billionaire, and be able to run fast(er)

 What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate? My roommate (Micaela) loves to dab especially when we sing to Justin Bieber in the car!

What Is Your Dream Career? Trauma ER Nurse

What Is A Talent You Have? I can figure skate

Monday, December 19, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Micaela Cummings

#9: Micaela Cummings
Owings, MD

Favorite Softball Memory?- My team winning 3A MD states 3 of the 4 years I was in high school.

   What Has Been Your Favorite Part Of DSU So Far?- The people that I have met here, I never thought living with 5 other girls would be so drama free and fun.

  Favorite Food?- Chicken, or anything that my mom cooks.

  Favorite Softball Player?- My superstar of a sister, Jess Cummings.

Favorite Athlete?- Dustin Pedroia

Favorite Movie?- The Blindside

What Is Your Dream Vacation?- Australia

If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be?- 1. To be invisible whenever I want so I can spy on people. 2. To be able to teleport places, as I am not a very good driver. 3. Of course, to have more wishes!

 What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate?- Hannah pretends she is listening to hard core rap to seem cool, but really jams to Justin Bieber every day. 

  What Is Your Dream Career?- Environmental Engineer.

 What Is A Talent You Have?- Making people laugh, especially when it is not an appropriate time for a joke.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 MEAC Challenge Recap

Hornets wrapped up the fall season with the first annual MEAC Challenge, a 4 day test of strength, endurance, speed, competitiveness, and teamwork. The team was split into two teams, the upperclassmen vs the underclassmen with each team including one sophomore. The upperclassmen lead by Sophomore Alexis Goldsby named themselves Jackson's Angels, while the underclassmen lead by freshman Jordan Casey named themselves Hitfaced. The MEAC Challenge included different obstacles, task and challenges that required each team think strategically, formulate and implement action plans that would give their team the best chance for success.  They were also responsible for decided who would compete in each event. Here is the recap of each day:


On Monday we kicked off our week in the weight room with testing - power clean, front squat, bench press, vertical jump, and the 10 yard sprint. This day was all about the players individual improvement. It required each individual to fight for every inch to achieve a new personal best to win points for your team. Both teams did an excellent job, showing great improvement in their numbers from the beginning of the year. However, Hitfaced edged out Jackson's Angels by 75 points to take the early lead. The overall winners of the day was Desiree Moreno with an overall improvement of 111 pounds and Sabrina Quarles who added 3.9 inches to her vertical and dropped .35 seconds on her sprint. Congratulations!!

Day 1 Score:
Jackson's Angels:850
Hitfaced: 925


Tuesday began our team events. Each team nominated two players to represent their team in each event. With four competitors in each event, points were given out for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. The morning started on the football field with a slight rain doing a 100 yard prowler push and a 100 yard sled pull. The teams then moved inside to compete in a towel hold hang, plate holds, a battle rope challenge, and a v-up challenge. It began to seem like a run away for Hitfaced for the day, until Jackson's Angels picked up 150 points in team Dodgeball and pulled within 25 points.

Day 2 Score:
Jackson's Angels: 1700

Congratulations to the winners of the day:

Towel Hang: Sabrina
Plate Hold: Kaleigh
Battle Rope: Khaliyah
V-Ups: Tara
Prowler Push: Desiree
Sled Pull: Jasmine


Wednesday was all about teamwork in several different relay events. Each team had to work together to earn their points. In the first section of the morning, Hitfaced ran away with the first 600 points winning the Prowler push relay, the tire flip relay, and the sand bag relay. Jackson's Angels found a way to again come from behind again and sweep the sand pit tug of war event and steal the next 600 points to tie the day and still remain within 25 points of Hitfaced. This meant that the winner would be determined by day four, the obstacle course.

Day 3 Score:
Jackson's Angels: 2300


Everything would come down to today. The winner was determined by head to head competition: which ever team finished the obstacle course first. The race consisted of 11 different events. Two members of each team had to complete one obstacle before the next pair of team members could move on. The events consisted of the following:
100 yard suicide, partner tire flips, 50 push ups, sled pulls, bear crawls, 50 sit ups, sled push, 400 meter run, 50 squats, army crawl, and 100 yard dyno ball throws.
Each team gave it everything they had, but in the end Hitfaced came out on top and won the week.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Desiree Moreno

#22 Desiree Moreno
  Carson, CA

Favorite Softball Memory? Winning State Championship against our cross town rivals.

     What Has Been Your Favorite Part of DSU So Far? Making new friends and experiencing a new  environment on the east coast.

Favorite Food? Shrimp

 Favorite Softball Player? Jen Schroeder

  Favorite Athlete? Yasiel Puig

 Favorite Movie? White Chicks

 What Is Your Dream Vacation? Costa Rica

          If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be? Be Beyoncè, have an endless amount of money, be                                        healthy for the rest of my life

  What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate? Jasmine is Rihanna’s biggest fan.

 What Is Your Dream Career? Physical Therapist

What Is A Talent You Have? Braiding Hair

Monday, December 5, 2016

Freshmen Facts: Jasmine Melgoza

#18  Jasmine Melgoza
 Huntington Beach, CA
  Second Base/Third Base

  Favorite Softball Memory? Winning 18u PGF Platinum Championship

  What Has Been Your Favorite Part of DSU So Far? Meeting new people and living on the East Coast

Favorite Food? Tacos

 Favorite Softball Player? Jessica Mendoza

  Favorite Athlete? Matt Kemp

 Favorite Movie? Miss Congeniality 1 & 2

 What Is Your Dream Vacation? Go to the Bahamas 

 If You Had 3 Wishes, What Would They Be? 1. Meet Rihanna 2. Infinite amount of money 3. Have telekinesis 

    What Is The Most Interesting Thing/Fun Fact About Your Roommate? Desiree is BeyoncĂ©’s biggest fan.

 What Is Your Dream Career? Pediatric Nurse

What Is A Talent You Have? Photography