State University of New York, Buffalo
NCAA Division I, Mid American Conference
Danielle Lallos has played in the outfield for most of her time on the Kimball High varsity softball team, but her experience with travel teams, including Tracy Titans and R&R Gold, includes pitching and infielding.
So when she made her recruiting video, she included clips that showed her skills at shortstop and outfield. The coaches at University at Buffalo noticed, and they gave her a call. They were also impressed with her batting average at Kimball High, where she has been on the varsity team since her freshman year. She batted .513 her senior year, including five home runs.
Lallos said that Buffalo is a long way from home, but she also felt right at home with the Bulls softball team.
“When I went on my visit, it felt really homey, and they had already taken me in,” she said. “I know it’s far, but I’m ready for it.”
Lallos, who has been playing since the age of 5, said her experience with the Kimball team, including encouragement from head coach Joe Hernandez and assistant coach Lamont Richardson, taught her to always test the limits of her abilities.
“They always push me, even when I’m down on myself. They always know that I can do better,” she said.
Lallos plans to study exercise science with the goal of becoming an athletic trainer.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, NCAA Division II
Derritt Scarver has always loved basketball, but he credits the coaches who believed in his talent, including Millennium coach Mike Woods, with helping him visualize his future in the game.
“I didn’t really start getting serious with it until freshman year, when I met Coach Woods and he taught me the fundamentals of basketball,” Scarver said.
“Then I started getting a lot better and played for a couple high-level AAU teams. My dad (James Scarver) spends a lot of time with me in the gym, getting up at four in the morning sometimes to get to the gym.”
In addition to being the Falcons’ leading scorer, with an average of 11.6 points per game in his senior year, Scarver plays year-round with Amateur Athletic Union teams. His teams have included the Tracy Tar Heels under coach Gus Saar, West Valley Basketball Club in San Jose with club founder Bobby Bramlett and former University of California star Al Grigsby, and BFS Blackout Elite of Stockton with coach Andre Green.
“(Green) taught me to play how college players play, fast paced, putting up shots fast. That really got me in the mindset,” Scarver said.
Scarver added that his AAU coaches help him get noticed by University of Alaska, where he plans to play shooting guard and possibly point guard while studying business administration.
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