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Emily Gant

Emily Gant

Central Crossing High School: Columbus, Ohio Class of 2018 

GPA: 4.08 


Central Crossing High School – Starting Pitcher

– ERA: 3.17

– Strikeouts per Game: 10.41

– Batting Average: .333

– Stolen Bases: 14 for 15

– 2nd Team Ohio Capital Conference – Division I

– All Ohio Underclassmen Softball Tournament Selection

Travel Team – Ohio Hawks 16U Gold – Hutchinson

Summer 2015

– ERA: 1.48

– Strikeouts per Game: 7.62

– Batting Average: .369

– Stolen Bases: 12 for 14

Fall 2015

– ERA: .955

– Stikeouts Per Game: 11.62

– Batting Average: .432

Tim Kepple

Tim Kepple

Recruiting Director: Southwest Florida

Mr. Kepple graduated from Fordham University where he played offensive line.

Coach Kepple began his coaching career back in 1980 at Ardsley High School in Ardsley, New York, as the offensive and defensive line coach. At Ardsley he coached seven players that went on to play college football. It was here that he first learned of the college recruiting process by picking the brains of college coaches that came in to recruit the players. From Ardsley he moved on to Port Washington High School in Long Island, NY, as the Offensive Coordinator. In the one year at Port he produced five offensive college recruits.

Coach Kepple was offered a position at Westchester Community College as the Offensive Line Coach. It was at Westchester that he applied his recruiting knowledge. He recruited and produced six linemen that went on to play at Division I colleges. Coach Kepple was hired away from the Junior College ranks by NCAA Division IAA Iona College. He started as the Offensive Line Coach and was promoted to Offensive Coordinator. After Iona, Kepple was hired by his Alma Mater, Fordham University and then St. John’s University where he was the Offensive Coordinator. From St. John’s Mr. Kepple went on to the prestigious United States Merchant Marine Academy.

At Merchant Marine he recruited players that went on to serve in the United States military as helicopter pilots, Navy pilots, Navy Seals as well as giants of the Maritime industry. While at USMMA, St. John’s, Fordham and Iona, Coach Kepple was responsible for recruiting 12 states. Kepple’s final college coaching stop was Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island where he was responsible for recruiting five more states.

Coach Kepple left the college ranks to become the Offensive Coordinator at Immokalee High School in Immokalee, Florida, a Title One school with some great athletes. In 2011 his offense was second in the state of Florida and averaged over 40 points and almost 500 yards per game.

In 2012 his Immokalee team went to the state title game losing by one point on a botched extra point. During his time at Immokalee he had 33 players go on to college and so far one player advanced to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.

With his background and experience Coach Kepple has been accepted on the prestigious Woods Recruiting team as Director of Recruiting for Southwest Florida.

Pete Pokela

Pete Pokela

Area Scout: Green Bay, Wisconsin

My name is Pete Pokela. Student-athletes and their families are my main priority. I utilize a professional and honest approach to attain opportunities for your student-athlete to attend college and flourish in academics, athletics, and life. Consistent communication is vital to the process. I am readily available to answer any questions you may have.

I have built, and will continue to build a solid network of high school and college coaches. I have also enlisted several academic and athletic services that enhance all aspects of the student-athletes that I work with.

I was a three-sport athlete playing football, basketball, and golf. I have coached area kids for the past 20 years in a multitude of sports. I have also coached my three children in several sports so I know the love and pride involved with raising a student-athlete.

I will use all tools available to help make a bright future even brighter for all student-athletes I have the fortune of working with.

Tyshana Ray

Tyshana Ray: PG  5’3”, 113 lbs

Class of 2018  at Copperas Cove High School in Copperas, TX

GPA: 3.23

Recruiting Intangibles:    






Simply put, Tyshana is a spark plug.  The saying, “Defense wins championships and offense sells tickets” is about to get an upgrade. If you look up an image of intensity, you’ll see her picture.   Tyshana is as aggressive a defender that you will see.  One would think that the ball belongs to her as she continually pressures the ball handler.  She is easily a compliment to any team that she is a member of.

In a situation where your team needs a possession, you can look to Tyshana.  She is more than ready for a challenge.  She wouldn’t have it any other way.  Do not let her fool you though, she will take the ball to the hoop when needed.

Tyshana is very coachable and passionate about the game of basketball.  She is growing as a leader and can blossom into a great one if she stays the path.

So, are you ready to bring more intensity to your team? Are you ready to bring a solid student-athlete on campus?  Are you ready for Tyshana?  She’s ready!

Final Thoughts:  

Tyshana is focused on being the best that she can be, on the floor and off.  If you want to know more, she will gladly talk to you about it.

Kaitlyn Collins

Kaitlyn Collins: 5’3, 180lbs.

Red Lion Area Senior High School

Class of 2019, GPA: 3.64

I’m a very hardworking and dedicated player. I’m willing to put in the extra work to be a step ahead. I also am a very focused and game aware player. I am constantly thinking the play ahead and the situation or play the team needs to do to achieve our goal. Lastly, I’m a team player. I’m always there to pick up my teammates and cheer them on.

I want to play in college because I simply love the sport of softball and respect it so much. And what better way to show that than to play it at one of the highest levels possible? I don’t know where I would be today without softball and I want to continue the passion of playing it.

My teammates would describe me as always being upbeat and always smiling. They would also describe me as a leader because I’ve been a team captain for both years I’ve been on varsity. They would say I’m caring because I’m always there for them whether it’s in or out of softball. Lastly, that I’m a very game aware player because I’m always a step ahead.

My best varsity games were last year during my freshman year when I won All-county and All-state. Also, when my old travel team won 10u “A” Pony states after I hit the game winning RBI to win 5-4. Lastly, when I played in California and Georgia with NGS premier 18u.

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