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Head Coach Scott Wachholz releases his first recruiting class at Green Bay.
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Softball Inks Six During Early Signing Period

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: November 21, 2016
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Head coach Scott Wachholz and the Green Bay softball program released its 2017 recruiting class on Monday, one that consists of six incoming student-athletes ranging from four different states. Each of them come in with numerous high school and travel ball accolades and achievements.

“In our first recruiting class here at Green Bay, we knew we had to hit the ground running.  There were areas we knew we had to address with graduation and to help keep the program moving forward," Wachholz said. "Pitching, offensive athleticism, and infield play were big targets for us in this class, and we feel each of these players brings a specific skill set which will allow us to compete at the top of the Horizon League. Each of these players definitely has the ability to make an impact right away which is very exciting.”

Signing with Green Bay are Alexis Kinnaird (Tiffin, Iowa), Crystal Guzman (St. John, Ind.), Elizabeth Pautz (Pulaski, Wis.), Morgan Bihun (Schaumburg, Ill.), Kayla Schwebke (Rosendale, Wis.) and Jillian Foote (Antioch, Ill.).

Alexis Kinnaird
Position: Pitcher
Hometown: Tiffin, Iowa
High School: Clear Creek Amana
Bats/Throws: R/R
Accomplishments: 
-2016 NJCAA Fastpitch News Second Team All-American
-2016 First Team All-Region XI
-2015 All State Second Team/All-District 1st/All-Conference First Team 4A 
-2015 Iowa Girl’s Coaches’ Association All-Star Team
-2015 WAMAC all academic
-2014 All-State Second Team/All-District/ Second-Team All-Conference
-2014 Eighth place Iowa State Softball tourney

Kinnaird on Green Bay: “I chose Green Bay because the coaches made me excited for what's to come from the program, and I immediately felt at home.”

Crystal Guzman
Position: Infield
Hometown: St. John, Indiana
High School: Lake Central
Bats/Throws: R/R
Accomplishments:
-DAC All-Conference
-2x Pride, Hustle, and Desire Team Award
-2015 Sectional, Regional, and Semi-State Class 4A Champions
-2015 Class 4A IN State Runner-up. 2016 Scholar Athlete Award

Guzman on Green Bay: “I have always dreamed of playing collegiate softball, and I am so proud to say that Green Bay is the perfect fit for me. The coaching staff is great and took the time to really get to know me as both an athlete and more importantly, a person. After visiting campus and meeting some of the team, I knew that I had found my new home. Green Bay has promising opportunities for me that I am excited to explore. My parents, coaches and teammates are to thank for pushing me to be my best, and I wouldn't be here without them. I am so blessed to be a part of the Phoenix family.”

Elizabeth Pautz
Position: Pitcher
Hometown: Pulaski, WI
High School: Pulaski
Bats/Throws: R/R
Accomplishments:
-All conference honorable mention pitcher (sophomore year)
-First team all-conference pitcher (junior year)
-First team all-district pitcher (junior year)
-First team all-state pitcher (junior year)
-FRCC Player of the Year (junior year)
-FRCC Conference champions (2016/junior year)
-Regional champions (2016/junior year)
-Sectional champions (2016/junior year)
-Tied WIAA state record for a no-hitter and 16 K's in one game

Pautz on Green Bay: “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to further my education and softball career at Green Bay. I grew up watching and cheering for Phoenix athletics, and I have always been envious of the athletes on the teams. My biggest dream was to play the sport I love at the collegiate level. I can’t wait to represent the city that I grew up in, and I’m proud that I will be able to continue to call Green Bay home. I’m honored that I get to play for Coach Wachholz, and I certainly can’t wait to become a part of the Phoenix family.”

Kayla Schwebke
Position: Pitcher
Hometown: Rosendale, WI
High School: Laconia
Bats/Throws: R/R
 Accomplishments:
-Flyway Conference 2015 Player of the Year
-Flyway Conference 2016 Player of the Year
-Wisconsin Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association(WFSCA) 2015 Player of the Year
-Wisconsin Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association(WFSCA) 2016 Player of the Year
-Freshman year (2014) Runner-up at State
-Sophomore year (2015) State Champion
-Junior year (2016) State Champion
 -2012 NAFA Northern Nationals Champions (I was in 12U)
-ASA State Champions 2014 & 2016

Schwebke on Green Bay: "I like Green Bay because the level of play for softball is very competitive, but yet the school is small and comfortable."

Morgan Bihun
Hometown: Schaumburg, Illinois 
High School: James b Conant
Bats/throws: R/R
Accomplishments:
-All-Area
-All-Conference 

Bihun on Green Bay: “I am so excited to be furthering my education and softball career at UW Green Bay. Ever since I was young I imagined going to the highest level possible and I'm happy that it will be at Green Bay.”

Jillian Foote
Position: OF, 2B
Hometown: Antioch, Illinois
High School: Antioch Community
Bats/Throws: R/R
Accomplishments:
-2016 High School Season: 23 singles, 10 doubles, 7 home runs, 28 RBIs
-North Suburban All-Conference, Lake County All-Area, and IL All-State Third Team
-2014, 2015, 2016 IHSA Regional Champions
-2014, 2015, 2016 PGF Premier National Championship Tournament Appearances

Foote on Green Bay: “I attended a Green Bay softball camp with a teammate, not knowing what to expect and was surprised and excited to finally find a campus that felt like home. When I met the coaches, team and learned more about the academic programs, Green Bay soared to the top of my list. I am confident that I can be successful both on and off the field at Green Bay and can’t wait to get started. I am blessed to play for Coach Wachholz and the Phoenix next fall, and for my family, coaches, and teammates who helped get me here.”

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