Jan 31st, 2008 @ 9:38 am | Author: VCSU Sports Information
Head Coaches Craig Case and Chad Slyter have announced the signing of Paige Smith to a Dakota Athletic Conference letter of intent. The Gretna, Manitoba native is a senior at Mennonite Collegiate Institute. Paige is the daughter of Bruce and Delores Smith.
Smith is well recognized in the Manitoba softball world. A pitcher/outfielder for the Manitoba Angels midget team, Smith shows a combination of power and speed that will be well served for the Vikings.
'Paige is an impact player,' commented head softball coach Chad Slyter. 'She is the kind of player that possesses all five tools; hitting for average, hitting for power, speed, defense and has a great arm.'
In the summer 2007 season, Smith hit for a .519 batting average, compiling 58 hits in 113 at bats. In addition, she scored 39 runs while hitting seven doubles, 14 triples and five home runs with 18 stolen bases. In the circle, Smith recorded a 6-1 record with six complete games and four shutouts.
This past fall at the Des Moine, IA Fall Jamboree, Smith hit for a .714 batting average in four games. For her efforts, Smith received the 2007 Manitoba Female Midget Player of the Year award. She was also selected to the MLSSL All-Star game in 2007. In 2006, Smith was labeled the 2006 Manitoba Female Bantam Player of the Year award and was also a MLSSL All-Star.
'Paige is a great player and has unlimited potential and ability on the field,' added Slyter. 'I think we can expect to Paige to be a valuable part of the future success of the Viking Softball program.'
Smith is equally as impressive on the court. The 5'9' hitter was named to numerous all-tourney teams and picked up multiple tourney MVP's awards during her senior campaign. 'Paige has a very unique athleticism and we're thrilled about getting her into our program,' Commented head volleyball coach Craig Case. 'We have some immediate recruiting needs, but what we're most excited about is Paige's potential to pick up where our upcoming seniors will be leaving. Karissa Fahlman, Megan Floerke, and Heidi Larson are all graduating next year and we need players like Paige in the wings ready to continue on.'
Smith will join Emily Goedert as a two sport athlete on the Viking's volleyball roster. Goedert recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball and volleyball at VCSU. On the softball side Paige joins Amanda Bilton, Carly Holub, Ashley Mayry, and Jennifer Shadlock as athletes who have signed letters of intent.[image2]
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