OMAHA, Neb. (Dec. 14) - Creighton softball head coach Brent Vigness announced five additions to the team for the 2013-14 season on Friday, each signing a National Letter of Intent last month to play for the Bluejays.
Five prospective student athletes signed with the Jays during the early signing period in November including Jen Daro a senior from Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Kassidy Kingsley a senior from Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City and Jessica Lewis a senior from Camarillo, Calif. Joining the trio are twin sisters Alex and Mac Millspaugh who just completed their freshman seasons at Butler Community College not far from their hometown of Wichita, Kan.
Daro is an accomplished utility player from Omaha Skutt who played primarily as an infielder during her four-year career but also saw time in the circle. She started every game of her career while helping to lead the SkyHawks to a record of 104-20 over those four seasons. Daro and her teammates won the 2011 Nebraska Class B state high school softball championship under the direction of head coach Keith Engelkamp. The team never finished lower than fourth in the state tournament during Daro's career while claiming district championships each year and the River Cities Conference Championship in each of her final two seasons.
In mid-September Daro set two Class B state records with three home runs and nine RBI in a game during a 10-6 win over Norris. The three homers also tied the state record for most home runs in a game across all classes. With a .480 career batting average, Daro ranks No. 8 all-time in the state of Nebraska. She also holds numerous high school career records at Omaha Skutt including games played (124), hits (150), at-bats (319), runs scored (111), RBI (126), home runs (18), doubles (46), extra-base hits (72) and walks (49).
In an impressive senior campaign this fall, Daro hit .557 during the regular season with 39 hits including 12 home runs. The 5-foot-5 right-hander's dozen homers helped Omaha Skutt set a Class B state record with 29 home runs in a season. Daro also won all four of her decisions in the circle this year including a perfect game thrown on senior day resulting in a 0.34 ERA for 2012. Defensively, Daro turned in an outstanding season at shortstop. As a result, she was selected to participate in the Nebraska Coaches All-Star Game.
The senior team captain earned All-Nebraska First Team honors for the second straight season from the Omaha World-Herald in 2012 after claiming second team honors as a sophomore. The paper also recognized Daro as a member of the Class B All-State First Team as well as the All-Omaha Area squad in each of her final three seasons. Additionally, Daro claimed a Super State team honor as well as Class B All-State First Team from the Lincoln Journal-Star for a second straight year.
Daro won River Cities All-Conference honors and River Cities Academic All-Conference accolades in each of her final three campaigns.
In the off-season, Daro is a member of the Nebraska Fury Gold coached by Mike Heard. She was a member of the Omaha Quakes summer softball squad for six seasons.
Off the field Daro is just as accomplished in the classroom making the honor roll each semester. A member of the National Honor Society, Daro was a Believers and Achievers Nominee and Youth Leadership Omaha nominee.
An active member of her church, Daro helps with numerous community service projects. She is also a member of the Habitat for Humanity SkyHawk Chapter and Big Hawk Little Hawk.
Daro is the daughter of James and Diane Daro of Bennington, Nebraska, and has one brother, JD. Her father played football at Dana College and her mother played basketball and softball at Peru State College. Daro plans on majoring in biology at Creighton as part of a pre-med program.
Fellow Creighton signee Kassidy Kingsley is a senior right-handed pitcher and utility player for Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City. She is a defensive stalwart in the field committing just two errors as a senior and earning the Best Defensive Player award in each of her final two seasons. She also earned the Top Player Award in her final campaign at PC North under the direction of Misty Shaklee. Kingsley helped lead PC North to a 20-11 record and advance to the Oklahoma Class 6A regional finals this fall.
In her senior campaign Kingsley hit .303 for the Panthers with 20 hits including three extra-base hits. She batted in 11 runs and also scored 11 times to go with nine stolen bases in 24 games. Kingsley also posted a.364 slugging percentage and .324 on-base percentage as a senior.
Kingsley also made 10 appearances in the circle for PC North in 2012. The 5-foot-8 right-handed pitcher struck out 36 batters and held opponents to a .160 batting average at the plate in 31 innings pitched. Kingsley and a teammate combined for seven strikeouts and a no-hitter in the second game of the season.
The four-year letterwinner earned All-District 1 First Team honors in her final season. Kingsley also nabbed honorable mention recognition on The Oklahoman Big All-City softball roster this fall. She also won All-Metro Conference honors on three occasions.
In the off-season, Kingsley is a member of the Oklahoma Exclusive Gold.
Off the field Kingsley is a member of DECA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also volunteered her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Panther Pals. Kingsley also mentored and tutored underprivileged youth as part of the AmeriCorps program.
Kingsley is the daughter of David and Diahanna Kingsley of Oklahoma City, and has three sisters: Cally, Kayla and Keely. Her sister Kayla currently plays softball at the University of Missouri. Kingsley is undecided on a major.
Another recent Creighton signee, Jessica Lewis, is a senior infielder for Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, Calif.
As a junior last spring at Grace Brethren under the direction of Vic Paladino, Lewis hit .491 with 26 hits including 11 extra-base hits. She posted 14 RBI, scored 18 runs and was a perfect 12-of-12 in stolen bases attempts. Lewis owned a .792 slugging percentage and .542 on-base percentage last season. The 5-foot-4 shortstop recorded a fielding percentage of .906 and claimed best defensive player honors for 2012.
Lewis earned Second Team honors from the Tri-Valley League last season. She started the year with a .833 batting average and 10 hits, including three triples and three doubles, seven RBI and 10 runs scored through the first four games of 2012.
As a freshman Lewis and the Lancers advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division VI semifinals.
In the off-season, Lewis is a member of the Pacific Coast Predators 18U Gold Travel Team. She helped lead the Predators to an ASA 18U Gold Western National Championship in 2012.
Off the field, Lewis is an honor roll student and earned Academic All-League honors as a junior. She also claimed scholar-athlete recognition in 2011 and 2010. Lewis is a member of the National Honor Society, the California Scholarship Federation and the leadership committee at Grace Brethren.
Active in the Camarillo Christian Church, Lewis attends weekly youth groups and has volunteered for several community service activities.
Lewis is the daughter of James and Jeanine Lewis of Camarillo, Calif., and has two sisters: Jamie and Janelle. She is undecided on a major.
Also signing with the Bluejays last month were twin sisters Alex and Mac Millspaugh from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. The Millspaugh battery, of Mac in the circle and Alex behind the plate, helped lead the Grizzlies to the 2012 NJCAA Softball Division I Championship Tournament in their freshman campaigns last summer under the direction of head coach Doug Chance. Butler also captured conference and regional championships along the way.
Alex started 52 games last season behind the plate. She hit .289 with 41 hits including four home runs and nine doubles for Butler. Alex also batted in 24 runs and was second on the team with 287 putouts. The 5-foot-7 catcher earned All-Jayhawk Conference Second Team honors in her first season with the Grizzlies.
Mac made a team-high 40 appearances in the circle for Butler last season resulting in a 19-10 record. She led the pitching staff in wins (19), starts (32), ERA (1.91), complete games (12), innings pitched (176.1) and strikeouts (172). At the plate, the 5-foot-6 pitcher hit .282 with 22 hits with eight going for extra bases including a home run. She batted in 11 runs and scored 15 times for the Grizzlies.
In her first season at Butler, Mac earned Jayhawk Conference Most Valuable Player honors and claimed the Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year award.
Prior to their arrival in El Dorado, Alex and Mac were four-time letterwinners at Wichita Northwest High School under the tutelage of head coach Merri Copeland. The Millspaughs helped lead Northwest to three regional championships and a pair of City League titles during their careers. The sisters also played basketball all four years at Northwest.
At Northwest, Mac earned All-Metro Team honors as a senior shortstop a year after claiming the accolade as a junior pitcher. She also claimed All-City First team honors in both years for those respective positions. Alex earned All-City Second Team honors as a senior catcher in 2011 a season after claiming All-City First Team recognition as a junior.
Off the field in high school, both were honor roll students and ranked among the top 10 percent in their class each year with Mac named class valedictorian in 2011. The sisters were members of the National Honor Society and the Link Crew, a freshman aid program, over their final two years of high school.
Both ladies plan to pursue a business degree at Creighton.
Alex and Mac are the daughters of David and Sharri Millspaugh of Wichita, Kan., and have two other sisters, Brittany and Erica.
Creighton opens the 2013 season at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., Feb. 7-9.