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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bethany softball signs Smoky Valley’s Gregg

  • Bethany College Softball picked up a pair of signees recently, including Smoky Valley High School standout Jurnee Gregg.
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  • Bethany College Softball picked up a pair of signees recently, including Smoky Valley High School standout Jurnee Gregg.
    Gregg, of Marquette, has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Bethany College for the 2014-2015 academic year.
    Gregg, a 5-9 first baseman, comes to Bethany from Smoky Valley. During her time at Smoky Valley, Gregg played both volleyball and softball.
    Gregg earned second team All-Central Kansas League honors as a senior, posting a .370 batting average, .432 on base percentage and 11 runs batted in.
    Gregg is also listed in the Smoky Valley High School record books; she is third in career fielding leaders (.980), third in single season fielding percentage (.992) and tenth in single season put outs (124).
    "We are excited to add Jurnee Gregg to our softball family," Swede coach Janice Esses said. "She is an athletic first baseman with some pop in her bat. Jurnee has a lot of potential as a student-athlete, so we are excited to see how she develops through our program."
    Gregg is the daughter of Jill and Chris Gregg.
    She plans to study accounting during her time at Bethany.
    Also joining the Swede program is Deanna Van Poucke of Tonopah, Nevada.
    Van Poucke, an outfielder and utility player, comes to Bethany from Brown Mackie College in Salina, where she was the starting outfielder on the Lion softball team.
    She hit .368 with an on base percentage of .406, tallying 10 RBIs and seven stolen bases.
    Prior to her time at Brown Mackie, Van Poucke attended Tonopah High School. During her time at Tonopah, Van Poucke was a four year starter on the volleyball team as a middle hitter, basketball team as a post player and softball team as a right-handed pitcher and shortstop.
    Van Poucke was named first team All-Conference as a volleyball middle hitter from 2009-2011, and was the 2012 League Most Valuable Player.
    In basketball, she was named first team All-Conference in 2011-2012, and was the 2013 League Most Valuable Player. In addition, Van Poucke earned second team All-Conference honors as a softball pitcher in 2011, and first team All-Conference honors as a shortstop from 2010-2013.
    Van Poucke was also involved in FBLA 2012-2013, Pep Club 2011-2012 and Leadership Club.
    "We are excited for the commitment from Deanna Van Poucke," Esses said. "Having played a year at a junior college, she will bring experience and add depth to our program. Deanna has a strong arm and her quickness allows her to cover ground as an outfielder. She is coachable and eager to sharpen her skills on the softball field. We look forward to seeing Deanna grow and develop as a student-athlete."
    Van Poucke is the daughter of Cassandra Craig and Terry Rice. She had a 3.9 college grade point average and a 3.5 high school grade point average.
    Page 2 of 2 - She plans to major in business management during her time at Bethany.
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