Mount Everett softball's Bazonski headed to UNC-Greensboro
SHEFFIELD -- Two-time All-Eagle MVP Alicia Bazonski will officially announce her decision to attend the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on a full softball scholarship at a press conference Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Mount Everett Regional High School library.
"Certainly in my 10 years here, I don't think there's been a better athlete [at Mount Everett] than Alicia," said Mount Everett coach Kurt DeGrenier. "She has been a pleasure to coach. She works at it year-round; she lifts weights; she just applies herself so well."
DeGrenier believes Bazonski is the first Mount Everett athlete to play at a Division I college. A quick search of Eagle archives indicates this appears to be correct, at least in the last 20 years.
Bazonski said she was pursued by eight to 10 colleges.
"But there were really only two schools, North Carolina-Greensboro and Iona College, that were serious," she said.
She visited both colleges, "and I fell in love with North Carolina," she said. "I knew that's where I wanted to be."
The two-time MVP led Mount Everett last year to a school record 22-2 mark and the Western Mass. Division III championship over heavily-favored Turners Falls. The Indians had won the past nine consecutive Western Mass. crowns. Bazonski shut them out on two hits.
The only two teams that defeated the Eagles were Division II Western Mass. champion Wahconah and Div. III Central Mass. champion Assabet Valley Regional.
And, as DeGrenier is fond of pointing out, Bazonski still has one more season left at Mount Everett.
"I'm excited to play at North Carolina, but I don't want to get ahead of myself," said Bazonski. "High school softball is the best, and I still have a year to go. I'm excited for the season to start."
Last year, North Carolina-Greensboro finished 38-19 overall and a 12-11 record in the Southern Conference. In the postseason, the Spartans made it to the title game, falling 1-0 in extra innings to Georgia Southern.
The coach of the team, Janelle Breneman, will be in her second year at North Carolina-Greensboro this year. Previously, she was an assistant at the University of South Carolina from 2011-12 and at the University of North Carolina from 2004-10.
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