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Jalyn Zeiss Among Recrutis Committing To Play Softball At WSC

Posted: 13 November, 2013

WAYNE - Wayne State College head softball coach Krista Wood announced today that four high school seniors have signed national letters of intent or scholarship offers to attend Wayne State College and play softball for the Wildcats in the 2014-15 academic year.  Signing during the NCAA early signing period include Brooke French of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Rachel Shumaker from Whittier, California, Katelyn Wobken of Scribner and Jalyn Zeiss from Wayne.
Brooke French is a 5-6 catcher from Southeast Polk High School in Iowa where she is a two year starter.  This season French hit .311 with 38 hits, 22 runs scored and 16 RBI to earn All-CIML/Eastern Division Honorable Mention while helping her team to a 26-15 record.  She also has two years of summer club ball experience with the Minnesota Irish, Kansas City Peppers and Iowa Blitz.  French excels in the classroom earning four years of All-Academic awards.
“Brooke is a very dedicated softball player who will bring a winning attitude to our Wildcat program,” stated Coach Wood. “She will contribute depth to both behind the plate and infield.  She is a great team leader and we are looking forward to having Brooke as part of our Wayne State College softball team.”
Rachel Shumaker is a 5-3 outfielder from California High School in Whittier, California.  She is a three year starter and has a career .302 batting average while earning Second Team All-Del Rio League honors each of the last two seasons.  Shumaker helped her team win the Del Rio League title this season while posting 27 hits and 13 RBI’s and 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts.

Katelyn Wobken is a 5-7 catcher from Scribner-Snyder High School.  She is a multi-sport standout in softball, basketball, and track and field.  This season, Katelyn hit .425 with 54 hits and 58 runs scored for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder to earn Class C First Team All-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and Second Team All-State honors from the Omaha World Herald.  She was a four year starter in softball and holds numerous school records including career average (.438), career hits (176), homeruns (14), runs scored (160) and stolen bases (121).  She is a four time All-East Husker Conference selection, two time Class C First Team All-State honoree and also excels in the classroom earning Academic All-State three years.  Wobken was also All-Conference in basketball three seasons and is a three year state track qualifier. 
“Katelyn is an outstanding athlete and competitor who is driven to win both on and off the playing field,” said Coach Wood. “With her speed and quickness she will be a huge threat at the plate as well as on the base path.  Katelyn’s athleticism will allow her to play multiple positions and will add depth to the Wildcat defense.”
Jalyn Zeiss is a 5-4 shortstop from Wayne High School who is a four year starter in softball, basketball and track and field.  In softball she helped Wayne to four State Tournament appearances, including a Class C runner-up finish this season with a 29-9 record.  She was a Class C First Team All-State and Second Team Super State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star after hitting .463 this season.  Zeiss is now the Class C State record holder in career runs scored with 162 and was selected to play in the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game next summer.  In basketball Zeiss is a three time All-Mid States Conference Honorable Mention selection and is a three year state qualifier in track and field. 
“Jalyn is a great all-around athlete and can play both infield and outfield,” remarked Wood.  “Despite her size, she swings a powerful bat with very good speed.  She will be a great addition to our team.”
Wayne State College is an NCAA Division II school located in Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  The Wildcats posted a seventh straight winning season in 2013 going 28-16 overall.  WSC returns all nine starters and the team’s top three pitchers from last season.

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