Jan. 9, 2001
Tallahassee, FL - Seminole softball head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf announced another strong recruiting class that will enter Florida State University this fall. The five-person class features the team's fifth and sixth Californians in the last three years, twin sisters from Miami, FL who played at Gainesville's Santa Fe Community College in 2000 and a three-sport star from Bellville, IL.
"This is an exceptional recruiting class that we expect to contribute immediately," said Graf. "They will help Florida State in its quest to win a national championship in softball. All these young ladies are not only great athletes but also are academically strong."
Casey Hunter (P) joins FSU after being named the Bellville News-Democrat Class AA Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year by the Journal Newspaper of Southern Illinois. She was considered one of Illinois' top high school pitchers and as a junior for the Bellville West Maroons, Hunter posted a 15-2 record with a 0.35 ERA. In her 120 innings, she struck out 225 batters and issued only 31 walks. Hunter was also a middle blocker for the school's 28-1 volleyball team and she played basketball during her junior and senior years. Hunter follows in the footsteps of current Seminole and former high school rival Natalie Bennett who played her high school softball at Bellville East.
"Florida State has great athletic programs down there," said Bellville West coach Bob Yagge. "The facilities are great. It's a great place for Casey to play at a high level of competition. They are nationally ranked and it's also a chance for her to get a great education."
Twin sisters Shundra (OF/3B) and Shandra Colzie (OF/2B) head to Florida State after garnering numerous honors at Santa Fe Community College where they will serve as co-captains during the 2000-2001 season. Colzie should be a familiar name to FSU football fans since their uncle James was a four-time letter winner for the Seminoles from 1993-1996. Shundra was named NFCA All Region Second Team, NJCAA All Region First Team, First Team All State, First Team All Mid-Florida Conference, All Tournament at the Tallahassee Community College Tournament and Mid-Florida Academic Scholar Athlete. As a high school athlete in Miami, Shundra was named Miami Herald All Dade First Team 1998-1999 and she was also named Gulliver Prep Defensive Player of the Year. Shundra has been described as a power hitter with exceptional speed and a strong arm by FSU coaches.
Shandra garnered Third Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All American after the 2000 season. She was also named NFCA All Region First Team, NJCAA All Region First Team, First Team All State and First Team All Mid-Florida Conference. Shandra was also placed on the NJCAA Atlantic District All Tournament Team and the Tallahassee Community College Tournament All Tournament Team. At Miami's Gulliver Prep, Shandra was named Miami Herald All Dade First Team 1996-1999 and she was also named Gulliver Prep Most Valuable Player 1996-1999.
"For my sister and I, it's always been our dream to go to Florida State," said Shandra Colzie. "It's a big advantage to go to the same school as my sister. You always have someone with you, to be there for you."
Bryttani Lindheim (3B/SS) and Tatiana George (SS/2B) are the fifth and sixth Californians to commit to the Seminoles in the past three seasons. Lindheim, from Mission Viejo, was nominated for Athlete of the Year honors at El Toro High School for three consecutive years and was named First Team All Seaview League in 1998-1999 after recording a league-high .388 batting average. She also garnered Second Team All Seaview League and most improved player in 1997-1998. Last season, Lindheim received Special Recognition for All South League. During the summer of 2000, she was a member of the Southern California Athletic Gold who placed first at the Invitational Tournament in Boulder, CO.
George is a four-sport letter winner in San Bernardino, CA where she played softball for four years, tennis for two years, volleyball for a year and basketball for a year. She has been named All-Sunkist League Honorable Mention, All-Sunkist League, All San Bernardino County, Sun Newspaper Player of the Week and All CIF Honorable Mention during her high school career. George has made the Principal's Honor Roll for students with a GPA between 3.8-4.0 every year in high school and received Outstanding Student Recognition. She was class president in 10th and 11th grade, listed in Who's Who of American High School Students in 10th and 11th grade, received special honors in mathematics and served on ASB Council during her senior season.