Tuesday, June 22, 2004
NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee State University softball program has recently announced three additions to its 2004-05 roster according to Head Coach Joyce Maudie. The two freshmen, Ebon Jones and Jessica Sesson, and one transfer, Leena Worrell, will be looking to make an immediate impact in the program. Leena Worrell comes to the Tigers from Porterville Community College in California. The junior will add depth to both inside the pitching circle and at third base. At Porterville CC, Worrell was a two-time All-Central Valley Conference First-Team selection. She was also the 2003 Central Valley Conference Player of the Year and a two-time Team MVP (2003 and 2004). A graduate of Butte High School in Butte, Montana, Worrell was Second-Team All-Conference pitcher for two consecutive years (2001 and 2002). She was also tabbed as the team's Outstanding Senior for both Offense and Defense. Maudie is eager to see Worrell in action in offense and defense for the Tigers. "(Leena) contributed extensively on offense and defense as a pitcher and infielder at Porterville. We are fortunate that she ahs chosen to continue her softball career at Tennessee State and we are looking forward to a promising future together." First-year player, Ebon Jones, joins the ranks of the Blue and White from Cincinnati, Ohio. She brings experience from the infield and inside the pitching circle to TSU. At North College Hill High School, Jones was a member of the varsity softball team for all four years. She received the Coach's Award as well as tabbed an All-Conference selection. As a senior, she led the team in batting average, RBI, stolen bases and field percentage. Jones also notched a no-hitter while at NCHH. A diverse student, Jones played varsity soccer for three years, was a member the NCHH band for four years and also played in the solo and ensemble group for three years. A stellar student, she spent all four years on the school's honor roll and was nominated for National Honor Roll. "From the beginning, Ebon was passionate about becoming a part of the Tiger family. She is a determined competitor and we are excited about her future in the program," Maudie said. The second rookie addition is Jessica Sesson, a native of Jackson, Tenn. She will add depth to the catcher, infield and outfield positions for the Tigers. Sesson was a highly decorated scholar-athlete at Southside High School, collecting accolades in softball, soccer, track and field and volleyball. At South Side, she was named All-West, Best Offensive Player and All- District in softball. The Wendy's Heisman Nominee also currently holds the home run record for the program. In track and field, Sesson went undefeated in the shot put during the regular season, regionals and sectionals. She also holds the school record in the event. She finished second in the State in the shot put and sixth in the State in the discus throw. Sesson also helped the volleyball team to the final eight at State. Sesson was named her class' salutatorian and served as president of the Student Council for four years. She was also listed in both the academic and athletic editions of Who's Who Among American High School Students. Maudie points to Sesson's ability to balance academics and athletics as to what sets her apart from other freshman athletes. "Jessica has not only balanced her academic and athletic load, she has excelled in both areas. She truly exemplifies the student-athlete image that is emphasized in our athletic program at Tennessee State."