Past, Present and Future Hawkeyes Honored at State Softball Tournament

Aug. 17, 2007

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa softball team was well represented at the Iowa Girls State Softball Tournament earlier this month. A number of Hawkeyes received honors during the week-long tournament.

Current freshman Amanda Zust was honored as the 2007 Jack North Award recipient. The award is given to the most outstanding high school softball player from the previous high school season. Zust finished her high school career at Des Moines East with a pitching record of 66-14 with a 0.86 earned run average and 798 strikeouts. She had a 45-5 record with 315 strikeouts as a high school senior in 2006.

Another freshman, Katie Brown, was given the 100-Game Winner Award. Brown compiled a 163-29 record as a pitcher for Spirit Lake High School from 2003-06.

Former Hawkeyes Lisa (Birocci) Banse, Amber Morrow and Kristin Johnson were inducted into the Iowa Girls’ High School Softball Hall of Fame. Birocci lettered at Iowa from 2002-05 and was two-time all-American. Morrow played at Iowa from 1999-02. She was a third team all-Big Ten selection in 1999 and was also an academic all-Big Ten pick in 2000. Johnson was a two-time all-American during her time as a Hawkeye from 2000-03.

Jenny Schuelke, who will be a freshman on the Iowa softball team this fall, led the Solon Spartans to the class 2-A state title while former Hawkeye Carrie (Harbaugh) Wieland coached Highland to the class 1-A state championship. Diana Repp, who played at Iowa from 1988-91, also coached Des Moines Lincoln to a berth in the state tournament.