Ladies Softball Inks Three for 2006-07 Campaign
Thursday, April 27, 2006

Mark Montgomery

SHREVEPORT—Centenary softball coach Mark Montgomery has announced the signing of three Texas players to National Letters of Intent. Kelsey Greeson, Lauren Highsmith, and Allison Shepperd have all chosen to spend their collegiate careers wearing the Maroon and White and will be part of the 2006-07 Ladies softball roster.


Greeson (Temple, Texas) is a pitcher and utility player from Belton High School where she earned All-District honors in her first three years of play. She was named the 2005 Most Valuable Player and is enjoying a fine 2006 campaign. She also played basketball and volleyball at the prep level.


“Kelsey will be a key addition to our pitching staff,” said Montgomery. “She has the ability to throw several pitches with good speed. However, what makes her truly special is her outstanding defensive skills both as a pitcher and a position player.”


Highsmith (Houston, Texas) will come to Centenary upon graduation from Lamar High School. She is a pitcher who was named All-District in 2003, District Most Valuable Player in 2004, and Preseason All-Houston second team in 2005.


“Lauren is a big time pitcher with great velocity and movement,” Montgomery said. “She will have the opportunity to be the foundation in our pitching rotation for next season.”


Shepperd (Marshall, Texas) is a catcher attending Marshall High School. She hit .429 with six homeruns and 30 RBI in 2005 and owns the school record for most long balls in a career. The 5’6” right-hander was named 2005 first team All-District, first team All-East Texas, and first team All-State. She was also named 2004 first team All-District and the Offensive MVP.


“Allison is an incredible player with tremendous offensive and defensive capabilities. Her impact on our team will be felt immediately,” said Montgomery.


The trio of Greeson, Highsmith, and Shepperd join early signees Haley Bassett (Bossier City, La.) and Brittany Williams (Antioch, Tenn.) to comprise the incoming recruiting class for the Ladies. Bassett attends Airline High School where she is a catcher and utility player. She was named All-State honorable mention after her junior season. Williams is a first baseman that has been named All-District each year of her career at Ezell-Harding High School.


Centenary is a Division I member of the Mid-Continent Conference. The Ladies have won back-to-back conference tournament titles and have earned the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament both years.