2015 ARIZONA SOFTBALL
FOUNDATION ARIZONA SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Eva McGonigle, Kara Brun, Joe Lane,
Rick Beach and Jimmy Turner to be inducted into the ARZONA
SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME
The Arizona Softball Foundation
(ASF) recently announced the selection of the individuals
selected for Induction into the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame.
There are five (5) categories in the Arizona Softball Hall of
Fame; Contributors, Men Players, Sponsor, Umpire and Women
Eva McGonigle Legend Player/3rd Base started playing softball at the
age of 12 with the Webster Dairy Buttercups of Glendale. Her
Softball career started full throttle in 1958 with the formation
of the Phoenix Blues. In 1962, the Phoenix Blues joined the
Copper State League where Eva was selected: CSL All Star 12
straight years, ASA All State and Cactus Regional All Star 3rd
Baseman. While with the Phoenix Blues, Eva won 5 CSL
Championships, 6 ASA Metro Championships, 6 Independent State
Championships and participated in 7 ASA Cactus Regional
tournaments. Eva had a lifetime batting average of .401.
Kara Brun Player/Shortstop began playing
softball at the age of 11 for the Phoenix Storm. In 1992, her
Storm Team won the ASA 12 & Under National Championship. She was
a member of the Storm Team that won the 2000 and 2001 ASA
Woman’s Major National Championships. In 1999, Kara was selected
to play on the USA Junior Olympic Team that took silver in the
World Championship. Kara attended Deer Valley High School from
1995 to 1999, where she played varsity ball for four years. She
was selected 2nd team West Regional All-American, and stills
holds the most hits in at DVHS. In 1996, she was selected the
Gatorade’s Arizona Athlete of the Year and was named Defensive
Player of the year. In 1998, she was selected as a NFCA Second
Team All American. While attending ASU from1999 to 2002, Kara
was selected an Academic All-Pacific Region Team Member,
co-Defensive Player of the Year, co-Scholar Athlete
Lane Contributor has spent over 37 years serving as a
youth softball coach, team manager with several youth teams. In
1998 he became ASA Deputy Junior Olympic Metro Commissioner. In
1978, Joe began coaching his youngest daughter, age 7, in the
Paradise Valley Girls Softball League. When his second daughter
wanted to play, Joe continued coaching until 1992. In 1998, ASA
was looking for volunteers, and Joe answered the call. As the
ASA Deputy Junior Olympic Metro Commissioner, Joe organized and
ran several ASA JO tournaments including: State Tournaments,
Phoenix Metros, Cactus Regionals and National Championships.
These tournaments influenced the lives of thousands of youth
softball players. When asked, Joe replies, “It’s not never about
me”. He is respected by coaches, players, umpires, and parents.
Rick Beach Contributor became interested in
fast pitch softball while living in Prescott. He played for
local teams for a few years, then he traded in his glove for
coaching girls’ softball. In 1983, Rick moved back to Phoenix
where he began coaching his two daughters. First came, the
Phoenix Firebirds, then the Phoenix Storm. The first youth
national championship came in 1992 with the Phoenix Storm 12 &
Under Team. From that beginning, the Phoenix Storm Teams coached
and managed by Rick have captured several ASA Regional
Championships, as well as, back to back ASA Women’s Major
Championships in 2000 and 2001. Rick served as the ASA Metro
Phoenix Commissioner for 10 years building a very strong ASA
presence in the Metro Phoenix area. He is coaching today with
the Mizuno Storm Beach 16 & Under team.
Turner Veteran/Utility Player began playing Little
League Baseball at an early age, but became interested in
softball after watching a local game while visiting Phoenix. He
wanted to play so he moved to Glendale and played on his first
team called B & K. Jimmy joined the Schaefer-Smith-Ankeney
Insurance Team and finally played for another great Arizona team
called, 7th Avenue Auto Parts. During his 31+ years playing, he
attended numerous State, Regional, and National Championships.
His career batting average was .350+. Jim was as a member of the
Schaefer-Smith-Ankeney Insurance Team was the Runner-Up Champion
in the 1982 ISC World Championship.
This year’s induction banquet will be
held at the Embassy Suites Phoenix North on August 8, 2015.
Registration and a No Host Reception will be from 4:30 PM until
6:00 PM. During this time visit the memorabilia tables
showcasing the lives of our inductees. Dinner will be served at
6:00 PM with the induction program to follow at 7:00 PM. Dinner
will include prime rib, vegetables, bread, salad, and dessert.
Cash bar will be located in the ballroom for the convenience of
the attendees. Tickets for this year’s banquet will be $40.00.
Please contact Bobbi Forner at 602-266-7125 for ticket
information, or write to: (ASF) Bobbi Forner, 6336 North 11th
St., Phoenix, AZ. 85014. Deadline for tickets is July 25th.
There will be a Silent Auction and a 50-50 Raffle prior to the
induction ceremony. Please note only cash and personal checks
will be accepted for silent auction items and late dinner
COME JOIN YOUR FELLOW SOFTBALL
FRIENDS FOR A NIGHT OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT AND TO HONOR ALL THE 2015 INDUCTEES INTO THE ARIZONA SOFTBALL
HALL OF FAME
ASA YOUTH FOUNDATION
Arizona ASA has our NEW Youth
Foundation, and please consider donating your charitable
funding (IRS deductable) to our 501c3 Corporation.
Our Board of Directors will use all
charitable funding to allow the following improvements in our Youth
Scholarships for youth ASA
Team Travel subsidy for ASA
JO National Championships
for Arizona ASA Partners (Field Owners)
JO Coaches – Educational
Youth ASA Registered Umpires –
Educational (Clinics) &Travel Subsidy for ASA National
Visit the Arizona Amateur Softball Association Youth
on this website!!!
ARIZONA ASA HAS TEAMED UP WITH TOURNAMENTASA.COM
Arizona ASA has teamed up with Tournamentasa.com
to provide a new tournament registration site for our Arizona ASA State JO
Tournaments. TournamentMVP is designed for Coaches to find and register their
team for ASA tournaments.
Once you become a member with tournamentasa.com
(at no additional cost) you create your team and are ready to enter tournaments
on the Arizona ASA Tournamentasa.com website. This is a tournament registration
site only. You would still register your team on www.registerasa.com for
insurance, player cards and rosters for ASA tournaments.
The website will allow you as a coach to view
whose coming, see pool play and elimination brackets updated as games complete
and view the location of each tournament site with directions and more.
With many of the other ASA State Association’s
partnering with this website, you will be able to have access to our surrounding
state’s tournament pages and see who’s coming to their tournaments as well.
We are excited to partner with this new website
and look forward to providing the best tournament registration site ASA has to
offer to our teams.
For more information about this new tournament
website, please visit:
State JO Commissioner
2015 ARIZONA ASA CITIES/TOWNS/ PRIVATE FACILITIES ADULT LEAGUES
Arizona ASA wished to thank the following agencies for choosing to register
their Adult Slowpitch Softball Leagues ASA:
- Bullhead City
- Lake Havasu City
- Victory Lane
All agencies that register their teams ASA are permitted to obtain, or are
provided Field Owners Liability Insurance Policies through Arizona ASA.
Bollinger Insurance provides coverage in the amount of $5,000,000.
This insurance is PRIMARY. ASA will defend your agency in the event of
any/all bodily injury lawsuits, provided all teams and all umpires involved in
the ASA Sanctioned Activity are also Registered ASA, and teams participating
utilize ASA identified "hold & harmless" team rosters.
Arizona ASA would love to discuss Registration and ASA Sanctioning with
agencies in our State not currently part of the Arizona ASA team. Please contact
Arizona ASA State Commissioner Don Fishel at 928-420-5675 or
North, Central, & South