La Roche College is expected to successfully defend its Allegheny
Mountain Collegiate Conference title, according to
the 2003 AMCC pre-season coaches’ poll. The Lady
Redhawks received four of seven first place votes, followed
closely by Penn State Altoona with three votes to finish first.
Pitt-Bradford was a solid pick for the #3 spot.
There was no consensus on a Preseason Player of the Year, but the
Lady Redhawks would look to have the advantage on the field with
three different players nominated for the honor: 2002 All-AMCC
first team first baseman Casey Byerly (McGuffy HS/ Washington,
PA), who batted .483 with 44 RBI and a .993 fielding percentage;
fellow all-star outfielder Kristy Phister; and 2002 Newcomer
of the Year Nikki Kress. Penn State Altoona junior
pitcher Amanda Rourke (Tussey Mountain HS/Saxton, PA) was the
clear choice for Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
Other players to watch:
IF Richelle Foor (Everett HS/Everett, PA)...2002 stats:
.382 BA, 18 RBI, .513 slugging percentage, .453 on-base
percentage...first team All-AMCC third baseman last year.
IF Stephanie Zych (Guilderland HS/Slingerlands, NY)...2002 stats:
.333 BA, 13 RBA, 8 doubles, .440 on-base percentage, .429 slugging
P Amy Kurtz (New Brighton HS/New Brighton, PA)...12-3 in
2002...pitched 7 shutouts, .085 ERA...batted .304 with a .930 fielding
percentage...first team All-AMCC last season.
SS Kelly Trykowski (Chardon HS/Chardon, OH)...No
C Crystal Limpert (John Marshall HS/Cleveland, OH)...No
Penn State Altoona
C Stacey Detwiler (Bellefonte HS/Bellefonte, PA)...All-AMCC
honorable mention selection in 2002
Penn State Behrend
C Cheryl Peterson (Rancho Bernardo HS/Carlsbad, CA)...First
team All-AMCC in 2002...402 BA, .964 fielding percentage, 12 doubles.
P/1B Becky Corbin (Northeast HS/Erie, PA)...Honorable mention
All-AMCC in 2002...led team with 33 singles
1B Julie Keane (Bradford HS/Bradford, PA)...Second-team
All-AMCC in 2002...
11 RBI, .429 BA, 30 R
P Heather Nelson (Smethport HS/Smethport, PA)...Second team
All-AMCC in 2002...96 K, 3.14 ERA, .327 BA
SS Jess Porter (Clearfield HS/Le Montes Mill, PA)...transferred
from Pitt-Bradford...As first team All-AMCC, hit .591 with a .909
slugging percentage in 2002.
2B Dee Sutlic (Penn Trafford HS/Harrison City, PA)...transferred