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May 14, 2013 > Ohlone Renegade softball players receive scholarships

Ohlone Renegade softball players receive scholarships

By Donna Runyon and Biff Jones, Photo by Don Jedlovec

Mackenzie Bush or "Mac" was Ohlone's catcher and quarterback behind the plate. She took charge of the pitching staff and pushed them to give their best. Mac also was usually the team's clean-up hitter (batting fourth in the line-up) and led the team with 10 extra base hits and 32 RBI's. She will be honored at the California State Championships for her excellence in the classroom maintaining a 3.5 GPA while being named to the second team all North Coast Conference (NCC) squad. Mac is the daughter of Kelleen and Bill Bush of Fremont and graduated from Washington High School where she played four years of varsity softball. Her scholarship is from NAIA York College in Nebraska. She wants to major in special education so she can teach Autistic children as a profession.

Ariana Marquez or "Ari" was a second year starter for Head Coach Donna Runyon, usually the starting right fielder. Her strong arm enabled her to throw batters out at first base when it appeared they had singled to right. When not playing right field, she was the back-up catcher. A committed team player who would not be outworked, Ari was a very likeable and fun loving teammate. She was named Honorable Mention to NCC and received her scholarship from NCAA Division II Holy Names University of Oakland. Ari is going to major in Biomedical Sciences and is the daughter of Alicia and Gerardo Marquez of Newark. She graduated from Newark Memorial High School where she played four years of varsity softball.

Third player from Ohlone to receive a softball scholarship is Katelyn or "Katy" Weger of San Leandro. "Loo" as the team affectionately calls her, was the team's starting center fielder and often, leadoff hitter. She led the Renegades with 26 hits in league play and 49 overall, stole 27 bases, had an overall batting average of .441 and an on base percentage of .500. Loo was named to the National "Girls Got Game" academic achievement award and the CCCAA (California Community College Athletic Association) First Team for Academic Excellence having obtained a 3.77 GPA. She also was named as a NCC first team outfielder. Loo is the daughter of Carla and Kevin Hewitt and graduated from San Leandro High School where she played four years of varsity softball and also played basketball. Her scholarship is to NCAA DII Chico State University where she will major in Kinesiology and wants to become a physical education teacher.

Nice job ladies.

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