"As a staff we are very excited about our first recruiting class at Iowa State," said Gemeinhardt. "We feel that with our 2006 signees we will add power, speed and depth to our roster."
Amanda Bradberry, an infielder from Kearney, Mo., was a four-year letterwinner at Kearney High School. She earned all-conference, all-district and all-region honors three years. In her senior season, Bradberry captured first-team all-state honors while leading her team to a state championship. She hit .347 with nine stolen bases in her senior campaign.
"Amanda will be exciting to watch," said Gemeinhardt. "She is an excellent competitor who is filled with fire and determination."
Charissa Carlin, a pitcher from Springfield, Mo., is the school record holder in nearly every pitching category at Kickapoo High School. Carlin struck out 303 while allowing just 10 walks in 163 innings and posting an impressive 0.25 earned run average her senior year. Her accomplishments earned her first-team all-Ozark Conference and all-district honors in 2005. She was voted the most valuable player of the Missouri High School All-Star game last season.
Carlin has played in seven national tournaments for her summer team, Xtreme, which were crowned Missouri ASA Class A state champions in 2004.
"Charissa has a lot of experience and success at a very high level," said Gemeinhardt. "Each year she has continued to improve and we look forward to her continued success at ISU."
Ariel Coburn, a shortstop from Kansas City, Mo., finished third in the nation with 13 home runs at Maple Woods Community College and earned All-American honors last season. Coburn, who hit .511 at Maple Woods, earned all-state honors four times while helping Pleasant Hill High School to a conference championship and a third place finish at state in 2003.
"Ariel is one of the best junior college players in the country," Gemeinhardt said. "Her combination of speed and power will be a huge asset to our program"
Alex Johnson, a catcher and infielder from Raymore, Mo., is a three-time all-district team selection and has been named all-region and all-conference the past two years. Johnson's high school, Raymore-Peculiar, has been conference champion the last four years and won the Missouri State High School Championship when she played left field as a freshman.
Johnson's summer team, the KC Lasers, was the 2005 USSSA World Series National Champions and USSSA Missouri State Champions. She was named the world series offensive player of the tournament to go along with the most valuable player of the tournament award.
"AJ is a great hitter who loves to compete and can play anywhere in the infield and catch," said Gemeinhardt. "With this many options she will be very valuable to our program."
Holly Jordan, a pitcher and outfielder from Erie, Colo., was a significant contributor at Erie High School, which won four straight state championships. Jordan, a 2004 scholar-athlete award winner, earned numerous honors in 2005 including being named to the 2005 All-Colorado team by the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. She also was named the class 3A pitcher and player of the year last season and earned state tournament most valuable player for the second straight year in 2005.
"Holly is a very versatile player who will help us tremendously because of her ability to do so much," Gemeinhardt said. "She is very capable of being a good pitcher and a good outfielder. She brings a lot to the table because she is so such an all-around athletic ability."
2005-06 Iowa State Softball
Amanda Bradberry, Infielder, Kearney, Mo. (Kearney HS)
Charissa Carlin, Pitcher, Springfield, Mo. (Kickapoo HS)
Ariel Coburn, Shortstop, Kansas City, Mo. (Maple Woods CC)
Alex Johnson, Catcher/Infielder, Raymore, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar HS)
Holly Jordan, Pitcher/Outfield, Erie, Colo. (Erie HS)