NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College softball head coach Melissa Inouye announced the signing of two student-athletes to complete her 2013 recruiting class. Joining the Gaels for the 2014 campaign are Katie Newton and Kelsey Long.
Katie Newton, a corner infielder from Aloha, Oregon earned nine varsity letters over her high school career at Aloha High School, including four in softball, three in basketball, and two in soccer.
During her senior season, Newton, a four-year starter at third base, led the Warriors to their second Metro title in three years, into the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, and was named to the all-Metro first team for the third straight time.
Over her final three softball seasons, Newton and the Warriors went 36-9 in the Metro League, 58-26 overall and reached the state semifinals once and the quarterfinals once.
Over her four-year career, Newton carried a .414 batting average with 21 home runs, six triples, 24 doubles and a fielding percentage of .921.
Newton was named the Beaverton Leader's 2013 Female Athlete of the Year, given annually to the top graduated senior athlete with the paper's coverage area.
She also earned the 2013 Jerry Pflug award, given annually to the top graduating male and female athletes in the Beaverton School District.
Newton received honors in all three sports. In soccer, Newton earned All-Metro honors as a junior and was an All-Metro honorable mention in basketball as a senior.
Off the field, Newton was a member of the National Honors Society and spent countless hours volunteering with Sparrow Clubs USA. Sparrow Clubs provide financial and emotional support for critically ill children and their families, while also empowers young adults to help kids through charitable service to their communities.
Coach Inouye on Newton: "Katie is very athletic and adds immediate depth to our infield. Her arm strength and athleticism allows her to play multiple infield positions. She also has deceptive power and is a great addition to our program."
Newton on choosing Iona: "I was drawn to Iona's excellent business program and the campus felt like the perfect fit for me. The ability to play softball is a great bonus!"
Kelsey Long was a three year starter in the outfield at Yucaipa High School and recently completed her summer season with the Team Easton 18U Gold with a .583 batting average, seven home runs and 31 hits in 53 at-bats. Long co-captained her junior varsity volleyball team and finished with back-to-back undefeated seasons, and also lettered in track and field.
Off the field, as a five year member of National Charity League, Long volunteered over 300 hours of community service each year and earned the President's Volunteer Service Gold Award this past year for volunteering over 500 hours with organizations such as the Childhood Cancer Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Child Help USA, Angels Closet, American Cancer Society, Santa Claus Inc. and Boys & Girls Club.
Long was also a member of the Yacaipa High School Student Council, serving as treasurer and secretary and was a four year member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the California Scholarship Federation.
Coach Inouye on Long: "Kelsey is a quick lefty hitter with some power who has the ability to play the short game. Her athleticism in the outfield and offensive ability will add plenty to our program."
Long on choosing Iona: "I wanted to attend a college that was solid academically with a strong, competitive athletic program and wanted to be part of a student body that was a close knit community. The atmosphere and feel of the campus makes me feel at home even though I'm across the country."