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Scaglione Invited To National Team Camp
August 11, 2005

NORMAN, Okla.   Former Sooner All-American catcher Heather Scaglione has been invited to participate at the Sept. 6-10 National team selection camp held at the U.S. Olympic training center in Chula Vista, Calif., the Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and USA Softball announced Thursday.  Scaglione will be one of 35 athletes vying for a spot on the 17-member Pan-American Qualifier roster. 

“I’m just excited to even get invited to the camp,” Scaglione said.  “It was unexpected because there were only a few spots open for people who weren’t already on the national team.  I’m so thrilled and can’t wait to get back to Oklahoma and start training with the coaches so I can get better and hopefully make the roster.”

This summer Scaglione played for the 16-member USA Elite Team that represented the Red, White and Blue at the Canada Cup and Inter-Continental Cup.  The 22-year-old San Diego, Calif., native had a strong showing in both National tournaments.  The highlight of the Canada Cup came when Scaglione led the USA team to the finals with a grand slam against Australia in the semifinals.

The former Sooner All-American really came on strong during the later portion of the USA Elite team’s final tournament.  Scaglione hit .533 (8-for-15) during the Inter-Continental Cup with two RBI and four runs scored. Scaglione started and played in six of seven games during the Intercontinental Cup and was the primary catcher during five of the contests.

An official roster announcement will be made on Monday, September 12 identifying the selected athletes.  The chosen team will compete Nov. 26-Dec. 5 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, at the qualifier tournament for the 2006 World Championships in Beijing, China and the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro.    Following this camp, the Women’s Selection Committee will also announce the 2006 National Training team (22 members) that will train together during selected weeks from January- May of 2006.

University of Arizona head coach Mike Candrea will lead the Red, White and Blue in Guatemala assisted by South Florida head coach Ken Eriksen, Stanford’s John Rittman and Texas Tech’s Teresa Wilson.

Players Invited To National Team Selection Camp

Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif., Tennessee)*
Lauren Bauer (Santa, Calif., Arizona)
Caitlin Benyi (Scottsdale, Ariz., UCLA)*
Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Fresno State)
Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif., West Palm Beach C.C.)
Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif., Washington)
Selena Collins (Glendale, Ariz., Texas A&M)
Jodie Cox (Lancaster, Calif., Cal State Fullerton)
Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif., UCLA)*
Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif., Arizona)
Samantha Findlay (Lockport, Ill., Michigan)*
Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz., UCLA)
Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif., UCLA)
Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif., California-Berkeley)
Nicole Giordano (Saugus, Calif., Arizona)
Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, Calif., Arizona)*
Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif., Arizona)
Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., Alabama)
Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif., Stanford)*
Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif., Arizona)*
Toni Mascarenas (Garden Grove, Calif., Arizona)
Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif., Stanford)
Jessica Merchant (Wayland, Mich., Michigan)
Marissa Nichols (Diamond Bar, Calif., UNLV)*
Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif., UCLA)
Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich., Michigan)*
Heather Scaglione (San Diego, Calif., Oklahoma)
Lindsay Schutzler (Monterey, Calif., Tennessee)*
Dana Sorensen (San Diego, Calif., Stanford)
Jamie Southern (Clovis, Calif., Fresno State)
Nichole Thompson (Mission Viejo, Calif., Arizona State)
Jenny Topping (Whittier, Calif., Cal State Fullerton)
Mackenzie Vandergeest (Thousand Oaks, Calif., Arizona)
Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif., UCLA)
Kellie Wilkerson (Jacksonville, Fla., Mississippi State)

*Denotes players with collegiate eligibility left

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