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New coach leads North to winning season
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
October 02, 2013 10:17 AM | 2030 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, North Paulding senior catcher Nikki Vaughn, coach Jennifer Fenton, junior pitcher and first baseman Elizabeth Shively and sophomore center fielder Riley Russell.
From left, North Paulding senior catcher Nikki Vaughn, coach Jennifer Fenton, junior pitcher and first baseman Elizabeth Shively and sophomore center fielder Riley Russell.
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A first-year coach has led the North Paulding softball team to a regular season record of 17-8 and fourth place in the region going into the region tournament this week.

First-year head coach Jennifer Fenton is a 2008 Kennesaw Mountain High School graduate and a 2013 graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. While playing for the Crimson Tide, Fenton was part of three SEC softball championships and a national championship.

Finishing school in early May, Fenton was hired as the head coach at the end of May after taking a third-grade teaching job at Abney Elementary.

“I heard great things about the area…I loved the school, the area and the athletic director was very nice,” said Fenton.

After a 14-11 record last season under the previous coach, Stephanie Morton, Athletic Director Greg Cherry said Morton resigned from the position but continues to teach at the school.

With the regular season over and the team sitting as the fourth seed in the region — behind Allatoona, Woodland and Hiram, they began the region tournament Tuesday to determine the playoff spots.

Prior to the tournament Fenton said, “We’re feeling very confident…We’re starting to peak and the girls are gelling together as a team. We’re very excited.”

Before the tournament the team’s top three statistical players were freshman Alyssa Brumelow, junior Elizabeth Shively and sophomore Riley Russell.

On the season Brumelow hit two home runs, 27 RBIs and a .434 batting average. Shively had 25 RIBs, a bating average of .494 and a 1.795 ERA. Russell had a .406 batting average, .964 fielding percentage and a .558 on-base percentage.

With this being Fenton’s first job as a head coach, she said she couldn’t be more proud of how the season went.

“It’s been a great experience. We’ve gone through some adversity, but we’ve overcome. They’ve earned everything they’ve gotten and I couldn’t ask for more. We have a great staff and most of all it’s been fun,” said Fenton.
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