Fox Signs Three In First Rebel Recruiting Class|
Nov. 10, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV softball has officially inked three players for next year's incoming class, head coach Kristie Fox announced Friday. Fox's first class at the helm of the Rebel softball program features one Las Vegas local, Lauryn Barker from Palo Verde High School, and two out-of-state signees, Jenny Bressler of Canton, Michigan, and Paxton Scheurer out of Mansfield, Texas.
"I'm looking forward to adding Lauryn, Jenny and Paxton to the mix next year," said Fox. "They each bring unique strengths to the table and have had a lot of success in their prep careers. I expect that experience to translate well to the collegiate level."
Barker, who is scheduled to graduate from Palos Verde High School this spring, will stay home in Las Vegas to play for the Rebels. She is a two-time Silver State Prep All-Star and most recently won a Nevada State Championship with her high school team after the Panthers went 37-6 last spring. She was also part of of a conference championship team and a state-runner up squad during her sophomore and freshman seasons, respectively. Barker, who bats right, has experience playing both in the infield and outfield, spending time at third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions. Barker plays club ball for the local Lil' Rebels program, playing on teams that have twice finished in the top-25 at national tournaments.
Fox on Barker: "Lauryn is a strong athletic player that I see competing for a corner position. She hits for power and can provide some real stability to the middle of our line-up."
Bressler, the pure pitcher of the class, will come to UNLV from Michigan, where she attends Plymouth High School. The right-hander has helped the Wildcats go 83-19 over the last three seasons, which includes two league championships, three district championships and one regional title. Bressler is a three-time all-conference, all-district and all-region selection, while she has earned first team all-state honors the last two years. She was also named her team's most valuable player the previous two seasons. Bressler has played for three club organizations since 2013 - Michigan Pride, Beverly Bandits and Michigan Finesse - winning national championships with the Bandits and Finesse in 2017.Fox on Bressler: "Jenny has had a lot of success at the travel ball level and a big part of that is her maturity as a player. She has great spin, control and knows how to read hitters to get them out."
Scheurer, a versatile right-hander from Texas, has been a three-year starter for the Mansfield High School Tigers, helping them to district titles her freshman and sophomore seasons. A pitcher and a shortstop, Scheurer earned her district's Newcomer of the Year honor as a freshman in 2015, the district's Most Valuable Player award after her sophomore campaign in 2016 and was most recently named the district's Pitcher of the Year as a junior in 2017. Scheurer played her club ball with the Texas Glory in 2017, placing in the top five in four tournaments, including a first-and second-place finish.Fox on Scheurer: "Paxton is the true meaning of a utility player. She is a strong competitor who can hit, play infield, outfield and even pitch. She has the potential to help us in many different ways."
The Rebels wrapped up their fall practice slate in early November and will begin the 2018 campaign in February.