Tabor signs 14 in July

The Tabor College football, baseball and softball teams each signed four players in July. The women?s track and tennis teams each added one.


?Robbie Rold, Hanford, Calif., transfers from West Hills College to play for the Bluejays. A 5'9, 195-pound running back, wide receiver and kick returner, Rold will add depth to the Tabor roster.

Rold was a first team all-league selection his junior and senior seasons and was named ?Offensive Player of the Year? his senior year of at Hanford High School.

Marquis Smith, Compton, Calif., transfers from San Bernardino Valley Community College. A 6-0, 185-pound wide receiver will be looked upon as a major factor in the Bluejays passing game next season.

While at SBVCC, Smith was a two time all-conference selection, leading the Wolverines in receiving two seasons.

Coach Mike Gottsch also signed Dareck Yeoman and JD Carrera, graduates of Veterans Memorial High School in Mission, Texas, for the fall.

Carrera will add depth at quarterback and wide receiver. A skilled 6-0, 205-pounder, Carrera led his team to a 4-6 record. Yeoman, a 6'0, 155-pound wide receiver will help bring depth to the Bluejays receiving core.


?Tyler Fenton, Holcomb, will transfer from Garden City Community College to play baseball and basketball for the Bluejays.

Fenton, a 6'3, 190-pound pitcher, will bring immediate help to the Tabor rotation. Fenton helped lead Holcomb High School to the Hi-Plains League basketball title.

Michael Chaput, Wichita, transfers from Pratt Community College to play baseball.

A 5'11, 215-pound catcher, Chaput is a former Valley City High School standout, a second-team All-Chisholm Trail player, and led his team to the regional finals in 2003 and 2004.

Benjamin Paul Bridenbaugh II, Glendale, Ariz., will transfer from Kansas Wesleyan to play shortstop.

Bridenbaugh, 6-1, will bring experience and provide immediate help to the middle of the Tabor infield. While at Kansas Wesleyan, Bridenbaugh helped lead the Coyotes to a 31-18 record, to the KCAC regular season title, and to a top-20 national ranking.

Anderson County High School graduate Jacob Hacker, Garnett, has also signed a letter of intent to play for Tabor in 2009.

Hacker, a 5'11, 160-pound middle infielder, will help add depth to both the shortstop and second base positions for the Bluejays.

While at Anderson County High School Hacker was an all-Pioneer League second team infielder his senior season. He batted .417, leading his team in hits.


?Roxanne Rodriguez, Edinburg, Texas, transfers from University of Texas Pan American. An infielder, Rodriguez earned first team all-district honors in her senior season. Roxanne also earned team MVP honors three times during her high school career.

Dorene Dodson, Carbondale, will transfer from Mid America Nazarene. A pitcher, Dodson led the city of Topeka in strikeouts. She threw seven complete games her freshman year at Mid America Nazarene.

Coach John Bassett said that ?Dori is a huge addition to our pitching staff. I'm looking forward to having Dori make significant contributions to our team, both pitching and with her bat. We've put an excellent defense on the field, and I'm very excited to see what a pitcher of Dori's ability can do with a good team behind her.?

Silverado High School graduate Crystal Allen, Adelanto, Calif., will play softball for the Bluejays this fall. Allen, a second basemen, batted .508 for her summer team. She was a four year letter winner at Silverado High School and an all-Area player during her 2008 season. She was also named a Triple Crown all-American.

Bassett said she ?is an excellent middle-infielder. She is extremely fast, has an outstanding arm, and can slap and hit gaps very well. Crystal is going to help anchor our infield for the next several years.

Mira Mesa High School graduate Danielle Cronauer, San Diego, Calif., will also join the Bluejays.

Cronauer, a pitcher, accumulated a varsity record of 20-8-1.

Track and tennis

?Westmin?ster High School graduate Chelsey Acree, Arvada, Colo., will run the 1,500 and 400, adding to Tabor?s depth in both events this spring.

Brynne Mitchell, Wichita, will play tennis. Mitchell helped guide Wichita Trinity Academy to a sub-state title in 2008, and was named team captain in both her junior and senior seasons.


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