Ladies Softball Lands Six in Early Signing Period
Friday, November 16, 2007

SHREVEPORT—Centenary head softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced six additions to his 2008-09 roster. Monica Acuna, Phyllis Hafer, Vicki Honeycutt, Katie Matthews, Lindsey Smith, and Jenny Varteressian have all signed National Letters of Intent in the early period to play for the Ladies next season.


Acuna is a 5’6” shortstop from Holmes High School in San Antonio, Texas. She hit .400 last season and had an on-base average of .440. She was named first team all-district in both 2005-06 and 2006-07, with the latter being a unanimous selection. She was a member of the Judson-East Central all-tournament team last year as well. In addition, Acuna is a captain on the basketball team, was named academic all-district, and is president of the English Honor Society. She is a member of the Texas Challengers Gold coached by Roger Flores.


“Monica is a tremendous middle infielder with soft hands and great range,” said Montgomery. “Her athleticism is only outdone by her work ethic. She will become a fabulous player for us here at Centenary.”


Hafer attends Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was the team Offensive MVP in 2006. She helped her prep team to a 17-1 record and a GMC conference championship last season. As a result of her fine play, she was named second team all-city and first team GMC. Hafer ranks in the top 10 of six career and single-season school records. She plays her travel ball with Cincy Storm.


“Phyllis is a strong player with a great upside. As her skills become more polished, she should become a force both offensively and defensively,” said Montgomery.


Honeycutt will come to Centenary from West Feliciana Parish High in St. Francisville, La. She is a 5’8” pitcher that can also hit extremely well. She has tossed seven shutouts with a career earned run average of 1.09 while averaging 5.47 strikeouts per game. She has been selected all-district twice in softball, with 2007 being a first team honor as a utility player after posting a 1.72 ERA to go with a .471 batting average and seven homeruns. She plays travel ball for the Louisiana Patriots.


“Vicki is a strong pitcher who is also a big time hitter,” said Montgomery. “Look for her to add depth to our pitching staff while having a big impact with her bat. As she grows and develops, she has the potential to be awesome as both a pitcher and a hitter.”


Matthews was an all-district selection in the Houston area after hitting .400 with an on-base percentage of .425 at College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas. Originally from Livonia, Mich., the 5’8” outfielder hit .433 for Bob Morse’s Texas Sting Gold and is currently the team captain. She was named best offensive player on her high school team after both her sophomore and junior years.


“Katie is blessed with speed, agility, and power. She is going to be a power-hitting outfielder with a cannon for an arm,” said Montgomery. “Look for her to compete for playing time immediately.”


Smith is a 5’5” outfielder/first baseman from Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas. She also plays for Texas Glory Gold out of McKinney, Texas, which finished 13th at the 2007 ASA Gold Nationals. Her prep team was the 2007 TAPPS 6A State Champions and Smith provided the game-winning homerun in the state final. She was named all-area second team, TAPPS District MVP and first team, as well as first team all-state. She hit .558 with 20 doubles, eight triples and three long balls last season.


“Lindsey is a great player for a great team,” said Montgomery. “She consistently gets hits in clutch situations and has always performed while facing some of the best pitching in the nation. She will have an immediate impact here at Centenary.”


Varteressian was both a first team all-district and an academic all-district honoree last season at Bowie High School in Austin, Texas. She is a 5’10” first baseman who hit .421 as a sophomore and .449 as a junior in helping to lead her team to a third place finish at the Texas 5A State Championships. She plays on the Austin Storm travel team for Coach Phil Koehler.


“Jenny is a phenomenal power hitter. She also hits for average, which is a rare combination,” said Montgomery. “Her defensive ability and leadership as a first baseman makes her standout. She is a great find for Centenary College.”


The 2007-08 Centenary softball team will kick off its season on Feb. 8, 2008, at the Texarkana Tournament against Oklahoma State, Arkansas, and Alabama-Birmingham.


2008-09 Centenary Softball Early Signees

Monica Acuna, shortstop, San Antonio, Texas, Holmes HS

Phyllis Hafer, third base, Cincinnati, Ohio, Colerain HS

Vicki Honeycutt, pitcher/utility, St. Francisville, La., West Feliciana Parish HS

Katie Matthews, outfield, The Woodlands, Texas, College Park HS

Lindsey Smith, outfield, first base, Dallas, Texas, Bishop Lynch HS

Jenny Varteressian, first base, Austin, Texas, Bowie HS