Sailfish Softball Announces Incoming Class of New Student-Athletes
September 11, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Faced with the task of replacing a pair of four-year starting players in the infield and two pitchers among other needs, Palm Beach Atlantic University head softball coach Kimmy Bloemers and her staff have been busy hitting the recruiting trail. Looking to continue to build on the success achieved by the program over the past six seasons, the Sailfish have announced four new student-athletes who are set to join the program beginning in the fall.
Not only looking to replace players that departed due to graduation but also hoping to increase their overall depth, Bloemers and assistant coach Ron Kotouch feel they have compiled a good mix of talented players for the upcoming season.
A pitcher, catcher, infielder and outfielder make up this year’s recruiting class with all four players coming to the Fish with four years of eligibility.
Pitcher Amber Johnson will be joined by catcher Brittany Tiller as well as other position players, Theresa Butler and Lindsey Johnson for this year’s class.
Read below to get to know each new member of the Sailfish softball program.
A skilled and polished athlete from Mulberry, Florida, Theresa Butler will suit up for the Fish as an infielder from George Jenkins High School.
A well-rounded student-athlete, Butler has reeled in accolades for her good work both on the softball field and in the classroom. A 4.0 student, Butler was nominated for Polk County Academic Player of the Year honors as a senior while being named to the All-County team during her high school career .
She was also awarded two separate top student awards in high school, in English and Social Studies as a sophomore and junior respectively. These types of academic accomplishments have led Butler to being accepted into the PBA Honors College, a first-time achievement for a Sailfish softball player.
Theresa is the daughter of Stephen and Denise Butler.
Bloemers’ Comments: Theresa is a gifted athlete and a brilliant student. She will add so many amazing things to this softball team. We are so happy she will be wearing the Sailfish uniform for the next four years.
Looking to replace the production put forth by departed senior pitchers, Chris Donovan and Lauren Bubeck, Coach Bloemers opted to seek out a talented young arm to add to the Sailfish pitching staff.
This production is expected to come from Amber Johnson who the PBA coaching staff has come to know from watching her play at nearby Berean Christian School in West Palm Beach.
Johnson helped lead the Bulldogs as both a pitcher and hitter as she was named to the Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel All-County listings as a senior while also being named to the All-State second-team. Her statistics proved strong enough to claim school records in strikeouts, earned-run average and homeruns.
Another strong performer in the classroom, Johnson was named to the Headmaster and Dean’s Lists respectively while being named her school’s Valedictorian.
Amber is the daughter of Philip and Diana Johnson.
Bloemers’ Comments: I am thrilled Amber has decided to stay in the area and share her talents here at PBA. She is a hard worker on and off the field and I believe Amber will have a solid career as a Sailfish.
Adding to the team’s outfield depth will be one of two Georgia products signing to suit up for the Fish in Lindsey Johnson.
A native of Hazlehurst, Georgia and a product of Appling Christian Academy, Johnson brings a pedigree of being part of a very strong prep program that recently tallied their fifth state championship and sixth straight regional championship. Her efforts at ACA were good enough to be named to the Georgia Christian Athletic Association (GCAA) All-State first-team as a senior.
Johnson’s squad also participated in the National Athletic Christian Association (NACA) national tournament in Dayton, Tennessee where they tallied another championship as she was named the Best Offensive Player and to the All-Tournament team.
In the classroom, Johnson also excelled as she was her school’s Salutatorian and a member of the Honor Roll. She will join Butler as a member of the PBA Honors College, making this year’s class one of the strongest in program history.
Lindsey is the daughter of Zachary and Deborah Johnson.
Bloemers’ Comments: Lindsey is an incredible athlete with a strong stick. She will do anything to help her team and will go above and beyond to make great things happen. Lindsey will be a big contributor to the team’s success.
Brittany Tiller is a native of Niceville, Florida, who is expected to contribute as a catcher and hitter.
A Rocky Bayou Christian School product for head coach Lynn Holcomb, Tiller was the Daily News All-Area Player of the Year as a junior while being named her schools winner of the Wendy’s High school Heisman Award which celebrates student-athlete achievements on the field and in the classroom.
Also an athlete who lettered in soccer, swimming and cross country during her high school career, Tiller has been an active leader with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Beta Club.
Brittany is the daughter of Will and Kristy Tiller.
Bloemers’ Comments: Brittany is a leader, a great teammate and a positive person. We are happy Brittany has chosen PBA for her career. Looking forward to a great season!