The Next Level Softball: TNL News

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Monday, February 18
TNL 14 Gold plays up and wins 16u Championship

Pool Play:

TNL 10 DEZIRE 16u 1

Bracket Play:
TNL 9 SAN DIEGO BREAKERS 16U 7 (championship game)

Wizard of Oz: Sydney Craven

Thursday, October 11
Coach Mike Myers Retires
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Coach Mike, you were there to start TNL back in 1999. You were there to help build TNL's winning tradition and guide our teams to our first big championships.

Coach Mike, you taught softball skills to TNL players that have gone on to play college softball at the very top universities in the nation... and you love telling us how you enjoy watching them on TV during the College World Series and how you hope to watch us on TV.

Coach Mike, you taught me, my team mates and the entire TNL organization how to LOVE this great game. You showed us how to play the game at the highest level and how to win with class.

Coach Mike, we love you. Thank you for your 13 years serving TNL. While you are thinking of TNL during your retirement, we will always be thinking of you.

Monday, June 10
TNL Signing Day 11/13/12

(11/13/12 Kit Carson Park, Escondido CA) It's a great day for athletes, parents, coaches and the entire TNL organization. TNL hosted a College Signing Day event where 12 TNL student-athletes officially inked college deals.

Congratulations to everyone involved. And a special thanks to Jerry Delameter for working so hard to help TNL get exposure to these college coaches and to help girls get signed.

Thursday, September 27
Congratulations Amanda Robinson
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Amanda Robinson (Class of 2013) just verballed with UC San Diego. UCSD is one of the top academic universities in the nation and the 2011 NCAA D2 Softball National Champs. Now that's a student-athlete university, right there. Congrats Amanda. You're a Triton! (8.7.12)

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Thursday, September 27
Congratulations Marissa Lake
Marissa Lake (Class of 2012) will be heading to Clarksville TN to play softball for the Austin Peay Governors. Congratulations Marissa on your great accomplishment. Your hard work in the classroom and on the softball field is paying off. Let's Go Peay! (8.9.12)

Congratulations Haley Swearingen
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Haley Swearingen (Class of 2012) signs with Northwest Christian University. Haley will be heading to Eugene OR this fall as a student-athlete. Congrats Haley! (7.18.12)

Congratulations Maren Lebsock
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Maren Lebsock (Class of 2012) just signed with Concordia University in Irvine CA. Congrats Maren! Go TNL! Go Concordia Eagles! (6.7.12)

Saturday, January 14
TNL Announced Spring 2012 Rosters

18 Gold - Downs
Brianna Girardin Kayla Gonzales Leah Gordon Jaylene Ignacio Reyna Johnson Chelsie Keller Danielle Knoetze Alexa Lavalle Maren Lebsock Kaitlin Manuel Ashlyn Moriarity Amanda Robinson Haley Swearingen Monica Shiflett

18 Gold - Delameter
Chantal Biehl Samantha Camello Celinna Cosio Monica Downey Hana Gilbert Kayla Gloady Molly Hutchison Noelle Johnson Hailey Kofler Madison Labshere Marissa Lake Maddie Lerma Madi Myers Rachel Nasland Natalie Peters Chase Snell Lani Vanta

16 Gold
Alexis Barkwell Emily Burnett Tristan Carapella Sacia Flowers Jazlyn Hallare Emmalee Kaliher Marissa Munoz Keanna Nakata Jessica Snider Alyssa Stolmack Breanna Urasaki Emily Wolking

16 White
Caryln Barker Leanne Gehrke Kaitlyn Martinez Madison Pahl Chelsey Preciado Claire Ramirez Kylie Robinson Brooke Switzer Colby Tarsitano Natalie Toothacre Calli Trotter Gabby Williams

14 Gold - Balzer
Cheyenne Balzer Danielle Barton Vanessa Brown Skylee James Lindsay Kuss Ashley Moore Sarai Niu Brianna Parkes Allie Russell Annie Scarangella Elena Troche Alexis Watts

14 Gold - Amador
Kayla Burruel Sabrina Carrel Gabi Foyle Tessa Grossman Oliva McIntyre Gillian Norton Chloe O'Rourke Aryn Perez Alison Petty Shannon Riley Elizabeth Runge Brooke Russell Delaney Switzer

14 Blue
Sydney Craven Kendra Hall Alisa Hiener Morgan Lutticken Sammy Needham Jordyn Nowakowski Izzy Ortiz Jackie Patterson Brooke Roberts Jayde Roberts Jules Rudkin Megan Ruiz Brooke Snyder Athena Triglia

12 Gold
Melissa Abrahamian Carli Cirillo Lindsey Godwin Kendall Kates Nicole Lewis Cassidy Matthie Oliva Oppeltz Luna Rosalies Taylor Scornavacco Briell Tyseling Amanda Vasquez Andrea Wright

Saturday, January 14
TNL 411 on MVP: Gillian Norton
The 14 blue team played a great tournament the weekend of 11/19-20/2011. TNL had great success fueled by Gillian Norton’s play both on the field and at the plate. Gillian played great in pool play on Saturday making key plays in the field. In the first bracket game on Sunday against A Bat Company, Gillian made a game saving diving catch in right field to send the game into an international tie breaker. TNL won the game 7-3. In the second bracket game against Arsenal, Gillian was 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBI’s. Unfortunately the silver bracket championship game was rained out on Sunday. Everyone on the team really stepped up their play this weekend and we are looking forward to our next tournament.

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4 TNL Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Nov 10, 2011, Kit Carson Park, Escondido CA

A great night for 4 special ladies and the TNL organization. Monica Downey (San Diego State), Lani Vanta (Weber St), Samantha Camello (Texas Tech) and Noelle Johnson (Utah St) sign their letter of intent to play for their respective universities in the Fall of 2012. These 4 special student-athletes earned a softball scholarship thanks to their outstanding play on the field and their hard work in the classroom. Friends, family, coaches and teammates joined them in a special celebration after practice. Congratulations, Monica! Way to Go, Lani! You Rock, Samantha! You Go, Noelle!

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Friday, November 11
2010-11 Season in Review
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TNL completed the 2010-11 season continuing the tradition of excellence and championships.... Highlighted by the 16u ASA National Championship, 16u ASA SoCal State Championship, and 14u ASA SoCal State Championship.

18 Gold McGowan: solid showing at ASA 18 Gold Nationals, plus every student-athlete on the squad is signed to play college ball next year.

18 Gold Myer: a 16u team that played up at the 18 Gold level all season long. Played their age in the post season and came home with the ASA National Championship and 16u ASA SoCal State Championship. Played in Boulder CO for the Fireworks showcase competing against 18s and came home with 9th place.

16 Gold: battle tested in showcases against the top teams in SoCal and a strong showing at Premier. We expect great things from this group next season.

14 Gold: ASA SoCal State Champions and finished strong at Premier. Extraordinary talent on this team and has a bright future. 14 White: strong performance at Western Nationals finishing 1st place in pool playing and going 5-2 in tournament.

14 Blue: an all 97 team finished 9th out of 98 teams at Western Nationals, gaining 1st place in pool play and going 7-2 in tournament.

12 Gold: learning and growing, they finished 1st place in pool play at Western Nationals and had an exciting tournament.

We look forward to seeing all of our athletes and families at the TNL picnic Sunday Aug 21. We'll have food, games, a dunk tank where you can sink a coach, and lots of fun.

Thanks to everyone for a great season. Looking forward to making 2011-12 even better!

We are TNL!

Sunday, November 13
TNL Alum Kendall Fearn announced as UNLV Assistant Coach

Congratulations to Kendall Fearn
TNL Alum now Assistant Coach at UNLV

Kendall Fearn was one of our pioneers who helped build the TNL organization and we are both grateful and proud of her at this special time. Congratulations Kendall!

In 2005 Kendall was the very first TNL player to receive a college scholarship (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). She was an outstanding player for TNL and had opportunities to play for more established teams, but like Tony Gwynn, she was loyal to her team.

Kendall received her UNLV scholarship even though she never had the opportunity to play in Colorado, Surf City Showcases or an ASA national. But she did make her opportunities count. She, along with her TNL teammates, took first place at Elite Fastpitch 2005 tournament, 5th place the inaugural Champions Cup, and numerous Triple Crown titles including TNL's 16u Triple Crown National Championship. Kendall was also the very first TNL player invited to the Allister camps (On Deck). After her freshman year at UNLV she returned to play the summer with TNL. She finally got her chance to go to Colorado. All other TNL players played in the games, but Kendall was allowed one at bat a game. She went 6 for 9 with 5 home runs.

Kendall, we are so proud of you. Congratulations on being hired as assistant softball coach at UNLV.

Go Runnin' Rebels! Go TNL!

Former Rebel Joins Staff

Kendall Fearn, a four-year letterwinner and two-time all-conference performer, named softball assistant at UNLV.

July 20, 2011 LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV head softball coach Pete Manarino announced today the hiring of Kendall Fearn as an assistant coach.

Fearn is no stranger to the UNLV softball program after spending five years as a student-athlete and one more as a volunteer assistant coach. "We are very excited about this opportunity for Kendall," said Manarino. "It is great that she wanted to continue to be part of the UNLV family and coaching staff. She understands the system after her experiences as a player and as a coach. She also understands the players and the university."

With Fearn on staff as a volunteer coach the 2011 Rebels ranked nationally in slugging percentage (11th, .520), home runs per game (15th, 1.2) and batting average (17th, .321). The offense broke three UNLV single-season records, as well: home runs (54), slugging percentage (.520) and on-base percentage (.408).

"I'm really excited to begin my coaching career at my alma mater and with such an experienced coaching staff and a great support staff," noted Fearn. "I'm thankful for the opportunities that I was afforded as a student-athlete at UNLV and I'm excited for the future of the program as a coach."

After graduating from Carlsbad High School (Calif.) in 2005, Fearn became a four-time letterwinner at UNLV and was selected to two all-conference teams. She also earned MW Player of the Week honors twice. In the classroom, she was a three-time academic all-conference member and was named a scholar-athlete once.

In all, she played in 228 games with 227 starts. She owned a batting average of .298 with 186 hits, 75 of which went for extra bases. She finished her career ranked in seven categories of UNLV's career record book. She has her name listed as high as third in RBI (142). She is fourth in walks (91); fifth in home runs (34), total bases (330) and slugging percentage (.528); seventh in doubles (40) and ninth in hit-by-pitch (12).

She graduated from UNLV in 2009 with her undergraduate degree in psychology and this past spring she earned her master's in sports education leadership.

Rachel Nasland verbals to Notre Dame
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(2/6/11) Rachel Nasland, Torrey Pines High School Class of 2013 and pitcher from the the 18 Gold-Myer team, has verballed with the University of Notre Dame. Congratulations Rachel!

Rachel's softball resume is loaded and she is just entering her sophmore season! As a freshman on the Varsity squad she was named All CIF First Team Pitcher, San Diego Division 1 First Team Pitcher, and Avocado League Pitcher of the Year. Rachel is as much student as she is athlete sporting a 4.25 GPA at one of the most academically competitive high schools in San Diego County.

Rachel, we are so proud of you. Congratulations!

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Saturday, January 1
Delanie Gourley verbals to University of Florida

(1/1/11) Delanie Gourley, El Capitan High School Class of 2013 and pitcher from the the 18 Gold-Myer team, has verballed with the University of Florida. Congratulations Delanie!

Delanie has been the most highly recruited player in TNL's history. This outstanding student-athlete had full ride offers from schools all across the country, including Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford, Washington, Michigan and UCLA. In the end she chose the University of Florida. Delanie's a Gator Girl now!

Delanie, a lefty pitcher, averages 1.94 Ks per inning, has an ERA of 1.17 and has 3 no-hitters as a freshman on her high schol varsity team. Oh, and by the way, she was also voted her varsity team's offensive player of the year by her own teammates, and 2010 MVP. As a freshman!

Delanie has been with TNL since she was a second year 12U player and has progressed all the way to 18 Gold within the organization. Another TNL lifer! Delanie, we are so proud of you. Congratulations! Be sure to check our College Scholarships page for details on all TNL athletes that have been recruited and accepeted at the top universities in the USA.

Saturday, December 11
Congratulations to Jaylene Ignacio
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Jaylene has just verballed to San Diego State University and is the first of the TNL Class of 2013 to commit.  Congratulations Jaylene.  You Rock!

Tuesday, November 2
Congratulations to Emily Gusse
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Emily has just been accepted at Harvard University. Congratulations Emily. Your TNL Family is so proud of you!



Wednesday, November 10
Congratulations to Marie Bradvica
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Marie has just committed/accepted at Boston College. Congratulations Marie. The Next Level is so proud of you!

Wednesday, September 29
Congratulations to Hailey Froton
Utah State

Hailey just verbally committed to Utah State.  Hailey is in the class of 2011 and will begin at Utah State in the Fall of 2011.

Congratulations Hailey!  TNL is so proud of you!

Tuesday, October 19
Congratulations to Samantha Camello
Texas Tech

Samantha just verbally committed to be a Red Raider at Texas Tech University.  Samantha is the second TNL athlete from the Class of 2012 to commit.

Congratulations Samantha.  We are so proud of you!

2010 Un-Team Photo
Un-Team 2010
Tuesday, May 4
The Annual TNL Un-Team Photo!

Yes, once again the TNL girls donned the uniforms of their respective high-school teams and gathered together for what we have dubbed the "Un-Team Photo." And, once again, TNL certifies that no CIF rules were harmed in the making of this shot.

For more shots from the big day, Terry has set up a flickr photostream here!

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Friday, April 23
TNL Girls Support Parkinson's Walk

TNL girls took this last Saturday off from the fields to donate their time in support of the San Diego Parkinson's walk. The TNL team generated over $1500.00 dollars in donations and worked the walk course as guides and cheerleaders for the walkers and runners. The girls and their families made a big impression on the parkinson's board. The board commended the girls by saying "TNL is a top notch group of people.It is rare to find such an unselfish group of youngsters in today's society.The girls and their families should be commended, Thanks TNL!"

Great job TNL!

TNL 14U Blue Las Vegas 2010
Thursday, March 18
TNL 14U Blue in Vegas
TNL's 14U Blue squad captured the consolation bracket at the Las Vegas St. Paddy's Day Blast!

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Some Lancaster Shots
Tuesday, February 5
TNL (and others) Photos!

Photos from TNL games in Lancaster, AFC in Escondido and Irvine are now posted at the Kirt's photo site, so grab a memory and help TNL at the same time! 

If you have any questions, please email your friendly webmaster/photographer.

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Some Lancaster Shots

Tuesday, April 21
TNLer Cassidy Coleman named CalHiSports State Girls Athlete of the Week

TNL's Cassidy Coleman has been blasting through her high-school competition like Sherman's march through the South.  And, by her efforts, somebody noticed that we actually play softball in San Diego.  Read all about it here.  I'm sure it ranks right up there with the numerous WOZ awards she's received at TNL!

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, Cassidy also just broke the single season San Diego CIF record for strikeouts, breaking the old record of 400, and playoffs are still pending!

Sunday, January 18
TNL 18 Gold "Classified"

No, you're not reading something top secret.

In Southern California ASA, becoming an 18 Gold team got a little more complicated this year, with the total teams being limited to 54.  in order to enforce this limit, two qualification tournaments are to be held, the first of which took place this weekend (1/17-1/18) in Fontana.

After a slow, rusty start in a 7-1 loss to Firecrackers (Ristow), TNL reeled off three wins over So Cal Primetime, Minors Gold, and Fillys Gold to nab one of the 24 "classification" spots up for grabs.

Wednesday, October 3
TNL 12U, 14U Take Barstow AFA Qualifier
TNL's younger teams shine again as they take first place in the 12U and 14U divisions of the AFA Qualifier in Barstow.  Great job ladies!

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TNL with Teamsmith
Thursday, April 2
Playing in their first tournament as a team, The Next Level 12's continued to grow as a group, taking third place in the Las Vegas - St Patrick's Day tournament.  Going 3-0 in pool play with solid pitching, the 12's made it a lot more interesting come Sunday in bracket play, winning their first three games, all in "walk-off" fashion in the bottom of the last inning.  In the semifinals, they rallied yet again in the final inning only to fall short to the eventual tournament winners, the Las Vegas Rebels.  A solid showing by every member of the team.
The 14u team continued their dominance this spring season going 8-0 in Las Vegas, outscoring their eight opponents by a combined score of 74-12.  In the Championship game, TNL outlasted a very strong Team Smith team winning 5-2 before heading home in the wee hours of the night. In a total team effort, the girls were impressive both offensively, and in the circle  Their next tournament will be The Surf City classic in two weeks at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex.

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Tuesday, May 29
TNL Un-Team Photo
Hey TNL Fans!

Unlike questionable trinkets from the Franklin Mint or strange "collectible" stuff you might find on eBay, you can invest in the results of the first of what we call the official TNL "Un-Team" Photo. Yes, for two months or so out of the year, our hatchlings leave their happy TNL home and go off to play in strange colored uniforms from their respective high-schools.

This TNL group of high-school players will NEVER BE ASSEMBLED IN THIS MANNER AGAIN! Act now to order your prints of this once in a lifetime event at the TNL Photo Website.

This offer void where prohibited. TNL certifies that no CIF rules were harmed in the making of this photo.

Tuesday, February 6
TNL turns out for Taylor Kelly at SDSU!
Taylor From Her TNL Days
Last Friday, TNLers turned out in droves to the San Diego State softball Cambell-Cartier classic, in support of Taylor Kelly, a TNL player, and member of the very first TNL team. Taylor now is a freshman starter at shortstop for Cal, and a loud bunch from TNL made sure to show their support every time Taylor's name was announced.

Cal did their job on the field as well, beating their SDSU hosts 6-1.

Observers noted that TNL's colors matched those of Cal and wondered if it was a coincidence. Taylor was also supported by a sizable contingent wearing purple, which may have something to do with Taylor's high school, Santana.

Best wishes to Cal in the upcoming season, and Taylor, thanks for being a great example of what The Next Level is all about.

Friday, February 2
TNL Superbowl Pools
Ready for the big day? If you're in the TNL Superbowl Pools, click the link above to find your squares and be prepared to root for silly things. You know, like maybe you have "1" for the Colts, they have just scored a touchdown in the 4th to make it 41-3 and you start calling in all your points with God in hopes they will miss the extra point.

Anyway, good luck to everyone, and thanks for participating!

The Next Level Class of 2005!
TNL 2005 Seniors
All of us here at The Next Level would like to congratulate and thank the TNL class of 2005 for their contributions to the organization both on and off the field. They are the pioneers who helped make this organization the best in the nation. This is TNL's first graduating class in its brief history, and the players, parents and coaches would all like to extend our best wishes to them and their bright futures.

Rachel Myer
Rachel Myer
Rachel is one of only three players who remain from the original TNL team put together back in 2001. She is the first player in the organization's history to start and finish all the way up through every level. Regarded as the most likeable teammate by her peers, Rachel provided us with the most memorable moment in 2005 when she roped a single in her very last at bat in a TNL uniform to help secure the Elite Fastpitch Championship, causing an emotional swarming of the field by the entire team. Rachel will continue her education at the U.C. Santa Barbara.

Kendall Fearn
Kendall Fearn
Kendall joined the team in 2002 and quickly became one of TNL's leaders and most recognizable figures. Known for her tremendous power at the plate, Kendall leaves TNL as a career leader in HR's with 31 and RBI's with 205. What stands out even more than her lofty statistics is Kendall's loyalty and pride in her team and her teammates. Being the oldest of a very young and talented group, Kendall had opportunities to go elsewhere and play with kids her age and older, but she always declined. "I wanted to be a part of something special," said Kendall. "I saw the direction TNL was going in and I wanted to be a part of building something great. I wouldn't change my experiences for the world." For her efforts, Kendall received a scholarship to the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she will continue her very promising softball career.

Jessica Smith (III)
The newest member of the 18u Gold team, "Tres" (as she is affectionately referred to because she is the 3rd Jessica Smith to join TNL) needed a place to play after coming off of an injury in 2004. She wasted no time fitting in both personally and athletically, as she finished the season with a perfect 7-0 record, and a 0.89 ERA. Jessie will continue her softball career at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Thank You Sponsors!
TNL is fortunate to have some generous individual and corporate sponsors. Click here to see them.

"A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE" is not just a slogan... it is a way of life with TNL. This is a sampling of the awards received by TNL teams since the organization's inception.

TNL Sends Three to Addidas National Future Stars
Congratulations to The Next Level's Jace Williams, Courtney Craig, and Trina Harrison for being chosen to participate in the invitation-only Adidas National Futures camp held on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas.

The TNL trio were among 44 elite softball players chosen from throughout the nation to play in this exclusive event.

During the camp they worked out and competed in games coached by college coaches and were also evaluated by Sam Ducato, the head of the women's selection committee for future USA National teams. Congratulations to Jace, Courtney and Trina from all of your friends and family at The Next Level!

Tuesday, March 4
The Next Level Looks Forward to the Summer!

The coaches and board of directors of The Next Level Softball continue to refine the organization's plans for the summer when our high-school players return, as the younger teams continue to practice and play. As before, the board would like to assure everyone that TNL is not going anywhere. As one of the premiere travel softball organizations in the nation, having produced many talented athletes that play at the collegiate level, the board and our members have pulled together to continue this great tradition.

For the 2008 season, all age groups are committed to participate in many tournaments and arrangements for these have already been made. This summer is packed, just as it always is, and TNL will continue it's quest for the 12U thru 18 Gold ASA championships.

Mike Myer & Jerry Delamater have assumed the practice and leadership duties of the club. We also have coaches in place for each of the age groups: Doug, Leslie, Jamie and the return of a former member of our coaching staff (and ever a part of the extended TNL family), Cathy. These coaches will all be there to help Mike and Jerry, and we will continue the tradition that makes TNL a true organization, not just a collection of teams that share a name.

If you have any questions about TNL, its mission, or have information relevant to the organization or its players, please contact us.

In closing, as always, we are... TNL!