Barber to play softball at USD

Barber to play softball at USD Jamie Barber of Columbus, NE, has signed a national letter of intent to attend The University of South Dakota and participate in the softball program, according to an announcement May 15 by softball head coach Kim Zarling.

Barber was a standout for Columbus (NE) Lakeview High School where she was a four-time first team all-conference shortstop. Barber was also named to the 2001 all-state second team as the switch-hitter batted .421 and had a .938 fielding average.

Barber, who played for head coach Dave Prokesh, was named to the first-team freshman all-star team. Barber is the daughter of Glenn and Sue Barber.

Barber joins Alisha Yowell of Omaha, NE, Katie King of Omaha, NE, and Carrie Lessman of Sioux City, IA, to complete this year's recruiting class.

"I'm really excited to see these players bring their talents into our program," Zarling said. "We always look for academic achievements and strong leadership qualities, along with their capabilities on the field."

Yowell, a pitcher/outfielder was a standout for Omaha (NE) Westside, including leading that team to state tournament appearances in both 2000 and 2001. This past season, she recorded a 16-12 record with a 1.24 ERA in 185 2/3 innings for

Omaha Westside. She was the 2001 MVP and named honorable mention all state. She has played for the River City Rockers club team with coach Kevin Dunn.

Yowell has been named to the National Honor Society and the 2000 Fall Sport All State Academic squad.

King has started at shortstop for four years at Skutt Catholic High School, leading them to a 21-11 record and fourth place finish in Class B. King led the team in on-base percentage, walks, runs scored and stolen bases. She was named all-metro (Omaha) and to the all-state second team. In club play, King starred with the Omaha Sizzle Blue, playing second base and outfield. The Sizzle Blue has qualified for the national tournament each of the last six years.

Lessman was named to the fourth team all-state squad, first-team all-Missouri River Conference and all-district during her junior season. Also that year, the Omaha World Herald named her all-west Iowa, and the Sioux City Journal named her all-metro Athlete of the Week special mention, as she was also the team Defensive Player of the Year.

As a sophomore, she was named honorable mention all-state. Lessman batted .311 last year with nine doubles, three triples and one homerun. A centerfielder for the Raiders, Lessman also played catcher and first base. She had 13 stolen bases and a .414 on-base per-centage, and a .946 fielding percentage defensively.

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