Dec. 3, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head coach Kate Drohan announced today (November 27) the signing of four outstanding future Wildcats to National Letters of Intent. The quarter comprises the Class of 2017 that will matriculate to Evanston in the fall of 2013.
Nicole Bond (Clayton, N.C./Clayton), Alcy Bush (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King), Anna Petersen (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) and Krista Williams (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) make up the class, NU's second-straight incoming group with players from both coasts and local to the Chicagoland area.
"First, we would like to welcome Nicole, Alcy, Anna and Krista to the Northwestern softball family," Drohan said. "My staff and I are inspired by their love and respect for the game of softball along with their great work ethic. We chose them because they are smart, feisty competitors. In addition, they are serious about learning, both in the classroom and on the softball field. We are honored that they, along with their families, chose Northwestern."
As it did officially last year under new NCAA legislation, Northwestern made written offers of four-year scholarships to this year's signing class.
Bond is a two-time North Carolina All-State performer who has led her team to three-straight state tournaments after it went a combined 1-45 in the two years prior to her arrival. A pitcher who has recorded more than 600 strikeouts in her first three years of high school competition, she also pitched her Carolina Elite club team to a 17th-place finish at the 2011 16U ASA Nationals.
Bush is a powerful infielder who has competed for three seasons with the California Cruisers 18 Gold, one of the top club programs in the nation. An All-Big 8 Conference and All-Area Inland Empire selection in high school play, she helped lead Martin Luther King to the 2012 Corona Tournament title and a third-place finish at the 2012 Redlands Tournament.
Petersen is a naturally gifted athlete, accumulating five All-Upstate Eight Conference awards across three sports in her first three years of high school. She is coming off a junior year in which she batted .495 with a 1.473 OPS, nine home runs and 34 RBIs for her high school team, and she also competes for the Illinois Chill 18U Gold Quinn team.
Williams was Amador Valley's varsity MVP immediately as a freshman and has continued that strong play throughout her career. A California All-State Underclass first-team, second-team All-State overall and Bay Area Newspaper Group High School Softball Player of the Year selection during her career, Williams led Amador Valley to a 26-1 record in 2012, finishing the year ranked fifth in the nation and third in California according to ESPN. She competes in club ball with the Sorcerer program, playing on the 18 Gold team in 2011 and 2012.
Below are complete bios for all four members of Northwestern's Class of 2017:
5-10 Pitcher R/R
High School: Three-time All-Greater Neuse River Conference selection and two-time North Carolina 4A All-State choice (2011 and 2012) ... In the two years prior to her arrival in 2010, Clayton High School softball had a combined 1-45 overall record ... Has since qualified for the North Carolina 4A state playoffs in each of Bond's three years, including a final four appearance in 2011 ... Wove a no-hitter against a conference rival in the third round of the 2011 North Carolina 4A state playoffs ... Totaled more than 600 strikeouts in the circle during her first three years of high school competition ... Has competed for two years with the Carolina Elite-Genovese club team ... In 2012 with the Carolina Elite, compiled a 0.87 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP, a .125 opponent's batting average and 7.64 strikeouts per seven innings rate while batting .432 offensively ... Club finished 17th at the 16U ASA Nationals in 2011 and qualified for the 18U Premier Nationals in 2012 ... Also competed in volleyball at the high school level, lettering three times and earning two All-Conference awards.
Personal: Born Nicole Kathryn Bond ... Daughter of Chris and Lisa Bond ... Chose Northwestern over South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan State, South Alabama, UIC and Campbell ... Anticipated is undeclared.
Says Drohan: "Nicole is a power pitcher who has great movement in all zones. We are looking forward to her great presence and personality in the circle."
5-11 Infield R/R
Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King
High School: All-Big 8 Conference, Inland Empire All-Area, All-Big 8 Academic Team, King High School Offensive MVP, Stu-Penter All-Tournament Team and four-year Scholar Athlete award winner ... As a junior, batted .366 with a .613 slugging percentage ... Led high school to the 2012 Corona Tournament title and a third-place finish in the 2012 Redlands Tournament ... Competed with the California Cruisers 18 Gold club team for three years ... An all-around athlete, also lettered and was named "Most Improved Player" as a freshman on the volleyball team and competed in 2010-11 as goalie for the school's varsity water polo program ... Member of King's Link Crew ... 2012 Homecoming Court member ... High Honor Roll member from 2009-13.
Personal: Born Alcy Rae Bush ... Daughter of Debbie Bush ... Mother played volleyball at UC Riverside for four years, winning nationals in 1982 ... Cast in numerous plays at Riverside Community College and also enjoys playing piano ... Chose Northwestern over Texas A&M and UCLA ... Anticipated major is undeclared.
Says Drohan: "Alcy is an infielder with great hands who has been playing our game at a very high level for a long time. She has great power from the right side of the batter's box."
6-2 Utility R/R
Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley
High School: A multi-sport athlete who will earn 12 letters across golf, basketball and softball, already has accumulated five Upstate Eight All-Conference awards in those sports (two in golf, two in softball and one in basketball) ... Two-time all-area honoree in softball with one basketball selection ... Two-time sectional qualifier in golf ... As a sophomore, batted .442 with a 1.279 OPS, 10 home runs and 45 RBIs ... As a junior, hit .495 with a 1.473 OPS, nine home runs and 34 RBIs ... Played club with the Illinois Chill 18U Gold Quinn team ... Eight total Upstate Eight Academic All-Conference awards ... National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist ... High Honor Roll all semesters of high school ... Carries a 4.67 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Personal: Born Anna Therese Petersen ... Daughter of Bob and Molly Petersen ... Father played baseball and football at Iowa State ... Grandfather is a Northwestern alum ... Oldest of six children ... Chose Northwestern over Michigan State and Illinois ... Plans to major in engineering.
Says Drohan: Anna is a remarkable athlete who can play multiple positions. At 6-foot-2, she has both home run power and base-stealing explosiveness."
5-5 OF L/L
Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley
High School: Made a major impact for Amador Valley from day one, earning varsity team MVP honors and an East Bay Athletic League All-League first-team selection as a freshman ... Had a breakout sophomore season, batting .512 while compiling an 0.51 ERA in the circle ... Named All-State Underclass (CA) first-team, second-team All-State overall, East Bay Athletic League MVP, Bay Area Newspaper Group High School Softball Player of the Year and Top 125 overall Bay Area Athlete, and Amador Valley's MVP ... Tossed a no-hitter in the title game of the Queen of the Mountain tournament as a sophomore ... Earned second-team All-State Underclass, a third-straight East Bay Athletic League first-team and Bay Area Newspaper Group first-team East Bay selections following her junior season ... Led Amador Valley to a 26-1 record in 2012, finishing the year ranked fifth in the nation and third in California according to ESPN ... Played four years of club ball with the Sorcerer program ... Tossed a perfect game to help Sorcerer 14U finish third at ASA Nationals in 2010 ... Competed with Sorcerer 18 Gold in 2011 and 2012 ... Elected secretary of her senior class.
Says Drohan: Krista's combination of speed and power from the left side is a great fit for our offensive system. She will be a game-changer in the outfield."
Personal: Born Krista Angelina Williams ... Daughter of Mike and Jenny Williams ... Chose Northwestern over Stanford, Penn State, Lehigh and Cal Poly ... Plans to major in cognitive science.
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