Softball Signs Three to Letters of Intent
November 24, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head softball coach Cheryl Sprangel has announced the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of intent with Virginia. Jill Bumler (Montclair, Va./Bishop J. O’Connell), Stephanie Calhoun (Spring Valley, Calif./Mount Miguel) and Britton Gore (Vienna, Va./James Madison) will play softball for Sprangel next year.
Bumler, an infielder at Bishop J. O’Connell, letters three times in softball. She spent time playing both second base and shortstop positions for the Knights. Bumler helped guide Bishop J. O’Connell to a 26-0 record in 1998. During that season, she was a member of the VISSA Champions, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Champions and the Northern Virginia Invitational Champions. Bumler also earned First Team All-Conference and All-District honors in the WCAC.
In 1997, she gathered First Team All-District and Most Valuable Player honors while at Potomac Senior. Bumler collected Rookie of the Year honors and First Team All-District honors at Potomac in 1996. She played on the Shamrocks 18 and Under Gold Softball team, the Shamrocks 16 and Under and the Shamrocks 14 and Under squads. Bumler also competing in basketball, track and field and volleyball in high school.
Calhoun, a catcher at Mount Miguel High School, earned three letters in softball for the Matadors. She is currently playing for the 18 and Under Gold Southern California Rebels. During her junior year, Calhoun batted .370 while recording 18 RBI, seven triples and six doubles. She was twice named a First-Team All-League (Grossmont South) and a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete All-American selection in 1997 and 1998.
Calhoun gathered All-California Interscholastic Federation (San Diego County) honors in ’98 and second team All-CIF honors in ’97 after batting .370 with 20 RBI. She was also a member of the 18 and Under Gold Orange County Athletics and the 18 and Under Gold San Diego Thunder. Calhoun was presented the Athlete of the Week by the San Diego Union Tribune. She was a second team All-League selection in 1996 with Mount Miguel. Prior to that, Calhoun played on the 16 and Under San Diego Power. She also played volleyball three seasons at Mount Miguel.
Gore, a catcher at James Madison High School, lettered three times in softball. In 1998, she gathered All-District honors at James Madison while batting .322. Gore posted 29 hits (including four doubles) to go along with 17 RBI while scoring 14 runs. She was a member of the 18 and Under Maryland Dynasty team that finished 13th in the Gold Nationals. In 1997, Gore hit .309 at James Madison and finished 23rd at the ASA Nationals as a member of the 16 and Under Maryland Dynasty. She also played on the 14 and Under Shamrocks which placed 17th at the ASA Nationals in 1996.