LINDSBORG — Bethany College women’s softball coach Janice Esses went all the way to Nevada for the latest addition to her Swede team.
Deanna Van Poucke of Tonopah, Nevada, recently signed a letter of intent with the Swedes. However, she’s not unfamiliar with this area.
Van Poucke had been at Brown Mackie College in nearby Salina. An outfielder, she hit .368 with an on-base percentage of .406, drive in 10 runs and adding seven stolen bases.
Van Poucke prepped at Tonopah High School. She was a four-year starter on the volleyball team as a middle hitter, basketball team as a post player, and softball team as a right-handed pitcher and shortstop.
She was named first-team All-Conference as a volleyball middle hitter from 2009-2011, and was the 2012 League Most Valuable Player. In basketball, she was named first-team All-Conference in 2011-2012, and was the 2013 League Most Valuable Player. In addition, Van Poucke earned second-team All-Conference honors as a softball pitcher in 2011, and first-team All-Conference honors as a shortstop from 2010-2013.
Van Poucke was also involved in FBLA 2012-2013, Pep Club 2011-2012 and Leadership Club.
"We are excited for the commitment from Deanna Van Poucke," Esses said. "Having played a year at a junior college, she will bring experience and add depth to our program. Deanna has a strong arm and her quickness allows her to cover ground as an outfielder. She is coachable and eager to sharpen her skills on the softball field. We look forward to seeing Deanna grow and develop as a student-athlete."
Van Poucke is the daughter of Cassandra Craig and Terry Rice. She had a 3.9 college grade point average and a 3.5 high school grade point average. She plans to major in business management.