2021 Softball Recruits

To be one of the best. It's the reason athletes compete at the NCAA Division III level. And at George Fox, athletes get the opportunity to pursue their passion for sports at a nationally ranked Christian college with a storied athletic tradition that includes both individual and team national championships.

We're excited about the quality of student-athletes who will join us for the 2021-22 academic year as we pursue our vision of being "the team to beat." In April, we hosted a virtual Commitment Day to celebrate their decision* and are proud to introduce our newest Bruins to you.

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Madelyn Carniglia

Name: Madelyn Carniglia

High School: Scripps Ranch High School (San Diego, California)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Pitcher and Outfielder

Height / Weight: 5'5"

Intended Major:

Mechanical Engineering

Why I Chose George Fox:

It has the best engineering program for me and allows me to also play softball at a competitive level while still being able to focus on my studies.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I started working out more than normal.

Fun Fact:

I also used to play soccer up until I was 15.
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Madelyn Loughary

Name: Madelyn Loughary

High School: Dallas High School (Dallas, Oregon)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Utility Player

Height / Weight: 5-3

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

It gives me the opportunity to pursue a nursing degree and continue my softball career.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I have started baking a lot!

Fun Fact:

I raise pigs and do 4-H.
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Naomi Merritt

Name: Naomi Merritt

High School: Nampa Christian High School (Nampa, Idaho)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Utility

Height / Weight: 5-5

Intended Major:

Biochemistry

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose Fox because of the Be Known promise. Also, because Oregon and the campus is incredibly gorgeous. I'm excited to study science at a Christian university.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Painting

Fun Fact:

I like to collect geodes :)

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Rylee Nelson

Name: Rylee Nelson

High School: Highland High School (Gilbert, Arizona)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Infield and Baseman

Height / Weight: 5-8

Intended Major:

Biology

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose Fox because of the coaches and the campus.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I saved the princess in Mario Bros.

Fun Fact:

I love off-roading and learned how to drive quads at age 5.

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Brooke Riggins

Name: Brooke Riggins

High School: Mount Whitney High School (Visalia, California)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Third and First Base, Utility

Height / Weight: 5'8"

Intended Major:

Nursing

Why I Chose George Fox:

I really enjoyed the environment when I was on campus, and the nursing and softball programs are what I was looking for in a school.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Learning about cars.

Fun Fact:

I have at least two Red Bulls a day, along with my morning coffee.
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Crystal Rodriguez

Name: Crystal Rodriguez

High School: McLane High School (Fresno, California)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Catcher and Third Base

Height / Weight: 5'5"

Intended Major:

Biochemistry

Why I Chose George Fox:

God is incorporated in everything, the stellar education, and supportive community.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

A new hobby I tried during COVID-19 was trying yoga. It’s helped me relax and prepare myself for the challenges I face throughout the day.

Fun Fact:

I love trail running because you can appreciate nature’s beauty while obtaining a great workout!
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Isabel Rodriguez

Name: Isabel Rodriguez

High School: McLane High School (Fresno, California)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Pitcher and Second Base

Height / Weight: 5'4"

Intended Major:

Graphic Design & Animation

Why I Chose George Fox:

I feel well-supported in my academics and athletics. From prior research and private Zoom meetings with my future professors in my majors of interest, it was what I wanted in a university, and I was not limited to one major. I have the ability to explore more than one in the art and design program. I feel I will perform well in the family-oriented and faith-based environment George Fox stands for.

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

I love to draw digitally now!

Fun Fact:

I sing for my church.
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Ashley Sansoni

Name: Ashley Sansoni

High School: Tracy High School (Tracy, California)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Third and First Base

Height / Weight: 5'6"

Intended Major:

Biology - Premed

Why I Chose George Fox:

The softball coaches made me feel like family and showed me the opportunities I will have at George Fox, and I love the environment of the school, students and professors.

Fun Fact:

I love spending time with my family and three dogs, and I love the outdoors. I wake surf, ride dirt bikes, and I love exploring and hiking in new places.
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Sharon Tomei

Name: Sharon Tomei

High School: Saugus High School (Santa Clarita, California)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Catcher

Height / Weight: 5-10

Intended Major:

Psychology or Education

Why I Chose George Fox:

When I visited, I felt at home! The tight community is really important to me. And of course, the beautiful campus!

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Deep cleaning!

Fun Fact:

I did gymnastics for six years, and I'm still able to do a backhand spring!
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Elise Wilkinson

Name: Elise Wilkinson

High School: The King’s Academy PSP (Sunnyvale, California)

Sport(s): Softball

Position(s): Pitcher and First Base

Height / Weight: 5'10"

Intended Major:

Business and Accounting

Why I Chose George Fox:

I chose George Fox because it had the small, close-knit Christian community I was looking for, along with a softball team that wanted to recruit me!

A hobby I picked up during COVID-19:

Board game weekends with my family.

Fun Fact:

I have five siblings.
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* Student-athletes listed on this page have accepted George Fox University's written offer of admission and/or financial aid. George Fox University is a member of the NCAA Div. III.