April 15, 2008

Women's Soccer Signs Eleven Student-Athletes

Lees-McRae College Head Women's Soccer Coach Renee Lopez is proud to announce to signing of eleven student-athletes; Kari Borton (Orlando, Fla.), Taylor Callas ( Holly Springs, N.C.), Melissa Horn (Pasadena, Md.), Mary Gibson (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Latoya Jones (Pensacola, Fla.), Danielle Lindquist (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jessica O'Leary (Millbury, Mass.), Shaina Ormsby (Raleigh, N.C.), Blaine Prescott (Williamston, N.C.), Vickie Rich (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), and Brooke Santerre (Port Republic, Md.).

"We are extremely excited about our 2008 class. They play for some of the top clubs in the country and each player can come in to help our team in pursuit of a Conference Carolinas Championship. We can't wait for preseason when we can combine the incoming players' talent and enthusiasm with the outstanding work ethic our current players have demonstrated this spring," quoted Head Coach Renee Lopez.

Kari Borton is the daughter of Elery and Michele Borton. Borton will be graduating from Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. At Edgewater, Kari was a member of the cross country, track, and soccer team. Borton received three varsity letters in soccer. During her tenure at Edgewater, the soccer team was District and Metro Champs back-to-back years. Borton plays club soccer for the CFU Chaos. Her intended major at Lees-McRae College will be Pre-Law.

Taylor Callas is the daughter of Michelle Morgan. Taylor will be graduating from Middle Creek High School in Holly Springs, North Carolina. At Middle Creek, Callas earned a varsity letter in soccer. Taylor plays club soccer for FVAA Flames and plays both as a defender and midfielder. Outside of soccer, Taylor enjoys horseback riding. Taylor's intended major at Lees-McRae College is Criminal Justice.

Melissa Horn is the daughter of Kenneth and Joyce Horn. Horn will be graduating from Archbishop Spalding High School in Maryland. At Archbishop Spalding, Horn was a member of the National Honor Society and received Honor Roll awards. She also lettered in soccer and was named to the Senior All-Star Team. During Horn's tenure, the Archbishop Spalding Soccer Team was ranked #1 in Maryland and #5 in the nation, in 2006, was (A) Conference and State Champs, and in 2007 was a Semi Finalist. Horn plays club soccer for the Baltimore Bays. While playing for the Baltimore Bays, Horn was a Maryland ODP state team member. She is undecided about her major.

Mary Gibson is the daughter of Thomas and Cheryl Gibson. She will be graduating from Pope John Paul II in Tennessee. At Pope John Paul II, Gibson received a varsity letter in soccer. Gibson received 2nd team All-County honors her junior year and 1st team All-County her senior year. She was also named team captain her senior year. Gibson plays club soccer for the Harpeth Pride. Her intended major at Lees-McRae College will be Athletic Training.

Latoya Jones is the daughter of Dolores Jones. Jones will be graduating from Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Florida. At Pine Forest, Jones was a four year Varsity Starter and served as a captain her senior year. She was also honored with the Most Improved Player during her freshman year and received the Fellowship of Christian Athletes "Beyond the Goal" Award her senior year. She also plays for the Pensacola Futbol Club. She will be majoring in Pre-Health.

Danielle Lindquist is the daughter of Brian and Tammy Lahue. Lindquist will be graduating from Chapel Hill High School in North Carolina where she was also a member of the Tiger "Roar" Club and the Animal Shelter Club. Lindquist received three varsity letters in soccer and was named team captain in 2008. She was also named All Conference her senior year and received the coveted "Tiger Award" for leadership, love of the game, dedication, and strong work ethic. Lindquist received second place finishes in the Marshall University and Victory Junction Gang half marathons. During the summers, she serves as a camp counselor at Camp Kanata located in Wake Forest, N.C. Lindquist plays club soccer for Chapel Hill United. Lindquist intends to major in Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Jessica O'Leary is the daughter of Tom and Nancy O' Leary. She is from Millbury, Massachusetts and will be graduating from Marianapolis Preparatory School. At Marianapolis Prep, O'Leraynot only received Honor Roll awards but also received three varsity letters in soccer and was named MVP in 2006 and 2007. During O'Leary's tenure at Marianapolis Prep she was the leading goal scorer in both 2004 and 2006 and was the assist leader in 2005. O'Leary was a SENE All-Star and SENE Champion in 2005 and 2006. She plays club soccer for Delta FC. While playing for Delta FC, O'Leary was a Rhode Island ODP State team member. Her intended major at Lees-McRae College will be International Studies.

Shaina Ormsby is the daughter of Doug Ormsby and Nancy Hulbert. Ormsby is a graduate of Middle Creek High School and is a transfer from Louisburg College in North Carolina. At Middle Creek, Ormsby received the Coaches Award and MVP honors. During her two years at Louisburg College, Ormsby was an All-Conference player and received MVP honors. She played club soccer for CASL. Ormsby's intended major at Lees-McRae College will be Elementary Education.

Blaine Prescott is the daughter of Tim and Darla Prescott. She will be graduating from Washington High School in North Carolina where she received a varsity letter in soccer. In 2006, Blaine received the Offensive Player of the Year Award, and in 2007, received the Coastal Conference Player of the Year Award. Prescott was also a three-time Grand Champion Hunter/Jumper in the State 4-H Show and two-time State Fair Champion. Prescott plays club soccer for CASL Spartan Premier. She remains undecided about her major at this time.

Vickie Rich is the daughter of Michael and Rosanna Rich. Rich will be graduating from Buffalo Grove High School in Illinois. At Buffalo Grove, Rich earned 4 varsity letters in soccer and was named captain for both her junior and senior year. She is part of a Peer Jury at a local police station and coaches at the Elite Soccer Clinic for players age 7 to 13. Rich plays club soccer for the Arlington Aces Academy. Rich's intended major at Lees-McRae College will be Pre-Health.

Brooke Santerre is the daughter of Charles and Mary Santerre and will graduate from Calvert High School in Maryland. At Calvert, Brooke was a member of the National Honor Society and received varsity letters in swimming, tennis, and soccer. Santerre was named team All-Conference, All- County and MVP for both soccer and tennis was also selected as the Most Outstanding Midfielder for the soccer team. She plays club soccer for the SMFC Alliance. While playing for the Alliance, Santerre was a Super Y ODP National Camp member. Her intended major at Lees-McRae College will be Pre-Health.