Bucknell Softball Announces Six Early Signees for Class of 2017
Dec. 7, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - With most of Bucknell athletics taking a break from competition during the exam period, Bison softball has kept busy as first-year head coach Bonnie Skrenta announced the team's Class of 2017 recruits on Friday. Jacee Almond, Chaylen Andolino, Lara Bean, Christina Martinez, Jacklyn Tyburk and Carolyn Wan became the latest members of Bucknell softball history and bring more than a dozen all-conference and all-state honors with them to Lewisburg.
The six newest additions will join Bucknell for the 2014 campaign. The Bison will get their 2013 season underway in mid-February as they open play at the CSU Dome Tournament Feb. 16-17 against foes from Niagara, St. Bonaventure, Canisius and the host Cleveland State. The Bison will get their first chance to play on their home Becker Field on March 27 when they host Drexel in a mid-week doubleheader. Patriot League play gets underway the following weekend with Lehigh coming to Becker Field on March 30-31.
Below is an alphabetical list of the Bucknell softball Class of 2017:
Jacee Almond - Concord, Calif./Clayton Valley Charter - SS/INF - Bats/Throws: R/R
Class of 2017 Bios:
Chaylen Andolino - Corning, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post West - INF - Six-year letterwinner and starter in softball at Corning-Painted Post West High School ... also lettered in basketball and indoor track ... STAC All-Division and All-Conference selection at shortstop and second base ... named Class AA All-State in 2012 while hitting .424 with 21 steals ... member of team that has been ranked as high as No. 3 in New York ... plays travel softball for TC Tremors Gold ... member of National Honor Society and Kiwanis Leadership Program ... daughter of Joseph Andolino and Zarine Havewala-Brown ... has six siblings, Thomas Andolino, Megan and Jamie Zoerb and Kayla, Sarah and Amanda Brown ... step-sister, Megan Zoerb, played college softball at St. John Fisher ... step-sister, Jamie Zoerb, plays lacrosse at St. Bonaventure ... cousin, Daanish Pestonjee, is a member of the Bucknell Class of 1998.
Lara Bean - Alvin, Texas/Alvin - P - Lettered in softball at Alvin High School ... named to 24-5A Second Team as a junior ... also named 24-51 Honorable Mention as a sophomore and 24-5A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman ... member of team that won three District championships ... team ranked first nationally by Max Preps in 2012 ... captain of 2013 high school team ... plays travel softball for and is captain of Texas Storm Gold Wymer ... member of National Honor Society ... daughter of Mary and Todd Bean ... has two older brothers, Matt and Brandon.
Christina Martinez - Wayne, N.J./DePaul Catholic - Four-year letterwinner in softball at DePaul Catholic High School ... named First Team All-County, All-Conference and All-Non-Public as a junior ... First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-County selection for sophomore season ... selected Second Team All-Passaic as a freshman ... also named team's offensive MVP all three seasons ... received Principal's Honor for academics as a sophomore ... also a Vincentian Scholar ... president of National Honor Society... plays travel softball for Hudson Valley Hurricanes ... daughter of Mary and George Martinez ... has an older brother, Michael.
Jacklyn Tyburk - Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West - 3B/OF - Three-year letterwinner in softball at Glenbard West High School ... earned All-Area and All-Conference honors ... member of team that won West-Suburban Conference title ... named team's Rookie of the Year in 2011 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 ... member of National Honor Society ... AP Scholar ... received Academic Letter and Gold Bar ... also a recipient of the Jay Kyle Braide Leadership Award and High Honor Roll ... Greek School graduate ... plays travel softball for New Lenox Lightning ... named 2012 Fireworks Tournament All-American with the Lightning and won "A" National Championship title ... daughter of Bill and Joy Tyburk ... has three younger siblings, Alek, Gerik and Nikki ... uncle, Dimitri Nifocatos, was a gymnast at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a member of the Greek National Team.
Carolyn Wan - Freehold, N.J./Blair Academy - OF - Four-year letterwinner in softball at Blair Academy ... also lettered three times in cross country and once in squash ... three-time All-State Prep "A" NJISAA, earning first team honors as a junior and second team honors as a freshman and sophomore ... named All-Prep First Team by the Star Ledger in 2012 ... also a Star Ledger All-Prep Second Team selection in 2011 ... named All Mid-Atlantic Prep League First Team as a junior and Second Team as a freshman and sophomore ... Academic All Mid-Atlantic Prep League selection in 2012 ... also named to the Academic Commendations List twice and the Academic Dean's List in 2012 ... involved in Environmental Club and student newspaper ... plays travel softball for Newtown Rock 18u Showcase ... daughter of Robert and Mun Ling Wan ... has two younger siblings, Emily and Matthew.