Sailfish Softball Adds Four More Players for the 2011 Season
June 30, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Left with the responsibility of replacing five seniors from her 2010 squad, Palm Beach Atlantic University head softball coach Kimmy Bloemers continues to stockpile talented players with the addition of four more potential standouts during the spring signing period. The four players will report to PBA in the fall as Lauren Bubeck and Brittany Jones have previously both played at nearby Palm Beach State College while Kimberly Traxler will transfer from St. Johns River Community College. Kayla Lanktree will suit up for the Fish after attending Holy Trinity High School.
Recently removed from the best season in school history, the Sailfish softball squad will welcome in a host of new players itching to repeat the success of the 2010 season. To date, Bloemers has signed eight players for the 2010-2011 roster. The four previously mentioned will join the likes of Camille Benito, Mackenzie Johnson, Brianna Parker, and Lauren Powell who all signed the National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the early signing period last fall.
Having played this past season together at Palm Beach State College, both Bubeck and Jones come not only as experienced college players but ones with great talent.
A native of Tequesta, Florida, Bubeck performed as a right-handed pitcher and first-baseman for PBSC head coach Martha McCall this past season. Bubeck spent the 2009 season as a pitcher at Francis Marion University, a NCAA Division II school and a member of the Peach belt Conference, where she earned All-Conference 2nd-Team honors.
Before attending Francis Marion, Bubeck was a standout at South Fork High School under coaches Joe Sanchez and Bob Bubeck. An All-Conference and All-Area 1st-Team selection, Bubeck received her highest honor of All-State 3rd-Team following her senior campaign while being recognized as All-Area by the Stuart News and Palm Beach Post.
“I am thrilled to bring in Lauren to the PBA softball program to be a leader in the pitching circle. She will help us win games not only on her great defense but offense too. She has a competitive drive that will elevate her teammates both on and off the field,” said Bloemers.
Lauren is the daughter of Bob and Donna Bubeck with three siblings, Wes, Jacquelyn, and Lindsay.
A talented and versatile outfielder, Jones should make her presence known wearing the Blue and White next season after a solid two-year career with PBSC. A two-time All-Conference selection as a member of the Panthers, Jones is another local product after a strong high school career with Santaluces High School where she earned All-Conference accolades as well.
A dean’s list recipient while at PBSC, Jones appears to be a good fit for PBA and its softball program.
“It excites me to continue to keep the community close and bring in more local talent. Brittany loves the game of softball and it shows when you watch her play. I am anxious to have her part of our program. I believe her next two years on the diamond will be her best,” said Bloemers.
Brittany is the daughter of Scott and Jennie Jones with one sibling, Robbie.
Traxler is a player blessed with speed and to go along with solid offensive and defensive skills for her future years playing for the Fish. A two-time All-Conference selection at SJRCC with the 2010 campaign landing Traxler on the 2nd-Team, she was also named the SJRCC Female Athlete of the Year.
Before joining the St. Johns River team the past two seasons, Traxler was a standout at Interlachen High School in Palatka, Florida where she played under the likes of coaches Ron Whitehurst and Brent Coates. At IHS, Traxler was a multi-sport star while earning All-County accolades all four years in both softball and soccer. Back on the diamond, Traxler was also named to the All-State 2nd Team during her high school career.
Not only committed to athletics, Traxler has also been steady in the classroom as she graduated with high honors from IHS while being named to the Wendy’s High School Heisman list as a Scholar Athlete on two separate occasions.
“Kim is a perfect fit for our program. She has great speed and athleticism and will highly contribute to the 2011 and 2012 seasons. It will be awesome to see her talent with a Sailfish uniform, ” said Bloemers.
Kimberly is the daughter of John and Jackie Traxler with one sibling, Brandi.
With the ability to potentially play a number of different positions, Lanktree appears to be a great fit for the PBA softball program. Although her main position would look to be behind the plate, Coach Bloemers feels that Lanktree could make an impact in a number of different spots on the diamond.
”Kayla is a hard worker and will definitely bring some positive spirit and enthusiasm to our program. With the transition from high school to college, Kayla will be able to gain the knowledge of the game in the fall to prepare for this competitive level. I am anxious to see Kayla’s contribution throughout her career,” said Bloemers.
A native of Merritt Island, Florida, Lanktree competed at Holy Trinity in 2010 while earning accolades on and off the field. During her high school career, Lanktree was a part of a pair of state championship teams while also earning All-Conference recognition as well. In the classroom, Lanktree was a high honors student that was a two-time Academic All-Conference selection while also bringing home the ASCI Distinguished Christian High School Award in Fine Arts as a junior.
With plans to major in the Palm Beach Atlantic Pharmacy program, the Sailfish coaching staff believes they are bringing in a very well-rounded student-athlete.
Kayla is the daughter of John and Kimberly Fink with five siblings, Alyssa, William, Chase, Madison, and Tiffany.
After an extraordinary 2010 campaign and a strong core group of players returning for 2011, the Sailfish hope that these new players will once again mold with the returners to form a great team on the diamond next season.