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Around the SCV: Valencia grad Madison Shipman named All American

Homa named amateur golfer of the month

Posted: June 4, 2013 10:17 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2013 10:17 p.m.

Valencia graduate and Tennessee shortstop Madison Shipman enjoyed her best season of her college career. The junior was rewared NFCA All American honors.

Valencia graduate Madison Shipman enjoyed the best season of her college career at the University of Tennessee, and now she’s been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Shipman, a junior shortstop for the Volunteers, was named a 2013 NFCA Division I First Team All-American.

She is the only shortstop among the 18-member first team.

This season, Shipman helped her team enjoy one of its most successful years in school history as Tennessee advanced to the championship series of the Women’s College World Series — eventually losing in two games to Oklahoma in the best-of-three series on Tuesday.

The Volunteers had made one previous appearance in the championship series of the WCWS, but have never won the title.

Last season they were eliminated from the eight-team tournament after just two games.

That strategy is certainly working for the former Valencia Viking.

Entering Monday’s first game of the Women’s College World Series championship series, Shipman was batting .367 with 11 home runs, 63 RBIs and .430 on-base percentage.

In 2012, Shipman hit .311 with 10 home runs and 63 RBIs, and hit .292 with five home runs and 27 RBIs as a freshman.

In Monday’s WCWS championship opener, Shipman hit a three-run home run for the Volunteers’ only runs of the game in a 5-3 extra-innings loss.

Homa earns more recognition

The accolades keep pouring in for Valencia High graduate and Cal product Max Homa.

After winning the Pac-12 individual title, the NCAA Division I individual national title and qualifying for the U.S. Open in the past month, Homa has now been named the Southern Golf Association National Amateur of the Month of May.

Homa was a unanimous selection for the award, now in it’s 11th year of existence.

In May, Homa posted a Los Angeles Country Club North Course record of 61 to open the Pac-12 championship on his way to a 9-under 271 and the title.

He shot a 9-under 201 at Capital City Country Club Crabapple in Milton, Georgia to win the NCAA title.

The award is selected by a panel of golf officials, coaches and media.


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