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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 Players.

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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
Joe 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.
Jimmy 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 reservations.
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

ARIZONA 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 Program:

  1. Scholarships for youth ASA registered players

  2. Team Travel subsidy for ASA JO National Championships

  3. Facility Improvements for Arizona ASA Partners (Field Owners)

  4. JO Coaches – Educational  (Clinics/Schools/ ACE)

  5. Youth ASA Registered Umpires – Educational (Clinics) &Travel Subsidy for ASA National Tournaments

Visit the Arizona Amateur Softball Association Youth Foundation Page 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:

www.tournamentasa.com

Rick Hormann
Arizona ASA
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:

  1. Bullhead City
  2. Chandler
  3. Cottonwood
  4. Gilbert
  5. Glendale
  6. Kingman
  7. Lake Havasu City
  8. Maricopa
  9. Page
  10. Payson
  11. Peoria
  12. Prescott
  13. Safford
  14. Sahuarita
  15. Tucson
  16. Victory Lane
  17. Yuma

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 azasacommish@cableone.net


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