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USA Futures unveiled
5/12/2010

OKLAHOMA CITY Ė The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today the 18 athletes who have been selected for the 2010 USA Softball Womenís Futures National Team. The team, which includes both USA Softball rookies and those with program experience, consists of athletes who currently play or have played at 13 schools in six Division I conferences.

The Futures Team will kick off the season with exhibition games against the 2010 USA Softball Womenís National Team in Canton and Ashland, Ohio, June 16-17. They will also compete against the National Teams of Canada, Japan and the USA at the 2010 World Cup of Softball, July 22-26, at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. To purchase tickets to see the Futures team in action, visit http://www.ohioasasoftball.org/ for the Ohio exhibitions and http://www.softballoutlet.com for the World Cup.

Members of the Futures Team will also fill spots on the USA team competing at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship, July 7-11, in Surrey, B.C. and exhibition games in Whitehorse, Yukon, July 13-14. Futures players will also be included on the rosters for the Japan Cup, August 3-9, in Sendai City, Japan. (Complete rosters for the tournaments in Canada and Japan will be announced at a later date.)

The complete roster includes:

Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif./California junior)

Katelyn Boyd (Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona State sophomore)

Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tennessee freshman)

Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz./Arizona freshman)

Jessica Iwata (Lihu'e, Hawaii/Hawaii freshman)

Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz./Kentucky senior)

Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif./UCLA senior)

Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Arizona junior)

Jenae Leles (Fair Oaks, Calif./Arizona 2009*)

Blaire Luna (Austin, Texas/Texas freshman)

Meagan May (Spring, Texas/Texas A&M freshman)

Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif./Florida 2009*)

Jamia Reid (Buena Park, Calif./California sophomore)

Lauren Schutzler (Monterey, Calif./Arizona junior)

Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif./Michigan junior)

Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va./Virginia Tech 2008*)

Niki Williams (Mission Viejo, Calif./Washington sophomore)

Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif./Washington freshman)

* Last year of college eligibility

Kate Drohan (Evanston, Ill./head coach Northwestern) will serve as Head Coach of the USA Futures National Team, marking her first time as a coach in the USA Softball program. Mike Larabee (Fayetteville, Ark./head coach Arkansas) and Jamie Pinkerton (Broken Arrow, Okla./asst. coach Iowa State) will serve as assistants for the Futures Team.

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Menís, Womenís, Junior Boysí and Junior Girlsí National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Womenís National Team is one of the only two womenís sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed three World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.

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