June 22, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
When Florida State University softball coach Dr. JoAnne Graf signed her 2006 class last fall, she knew she was getting one of the best young pitchers in the country in Terese Gober. Now the rest of southeast is taking notice after the incoming hurler was named softball Athlete of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Gober (McDonough, Ga.) earned the distinction after leading Union Grove High School to the 5A championship game of the Georgia state playoffs last fall. She posted a 0.23 ERA with 313 strikeouts and a 19-6 record in 180 innings. In addition, she earned her second-straight All-State selection, grabbing 5A honors after earning 4A accolade at Stockbridge High School in 2004.
“Terese brings the power pitcher back to our team,” Graf commented. “The three pitchers we have now are more movement pitchers, but Terese brings pure speed. That’s going to add another dimension to our pitching rotation which we’re excited to have and it’s really going to help our depth.”
The incoming hurler is one of four highly-touted players set to join the Seminoles in the fall. Fellow Georgia native Carly Wynn (Sharpsburg, Ga.) earned 4A All-State honors in the outfield this season for Northgate High School after posting a .517 average with 28 RBIs, 34 runs, six home runs and an impressive .908 slugging percentage.
A four-year All-Frontier Conference selection at Stillwater High School, catcher/utility player Robin Ahrberg (Stillwater, Okla.) can play virtually any spot on the field. She capped a tremendous senior campaign during the fall, in which she hit .406 with 27 RBIs, with All-State honors from the Oklahoma High School Sports Magazine. An All-Region selection this season, she finished her career as the all-time SHS leaders in hits (154), RBIs (103) and doubles (33).
Outfielder Monica Montez (Corona, Calif.) picked up her third First-Team All-Mountain View League honors after a stellar senior season. An All-Island Empire selection from the Los Angeles Times and All-County recognition from the Riverside Press-Enterprise as a junior, she helped Corona reached the CIF Southern Section Tournament for the third year in a row.
The four incoming freshmen will restock a Florida State team that only loses two starters off a team that was two wins away from the Women’s College World Series. Among the returnees next year are two-time All-American Veronica Wootson (Fontana, Calif.) at second base, First-Team NFCA All-Southeast Region shortstop Yuruby Alicart (Maracay, Venezuela) and Second-Team All-ACC outfielder LaShaun Davis (Marietta, Ga.).