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COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT: Jessica Moore highlights local softball talent at NCAA level
Jessica Moore continues to etch her name in the record book of the University of Oregon softball program.
The junior right-hander is one of several Mid-Valley area products who is playing softball at the NCAA level.
Moore is picking up where she left off last season when she was a first-team All-Pacific 10 Conference selection.
She's 12-3 this season with a 1.32 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 101 innings pitched for the Ducks.
At 18-4, Oregon is the No. 14-ranked team in the nation.
Last season, the Ducks finished third in the conference standings and fell in Super Regionals to eventual national runner-up Florida.
Moore is the program's single-season strikeout leader with 238 in 2010. Last season she set the second-best mark with 224 punchouts.
The Sutter High product was a three-time A-D All-Area Player of the Year and is in prime position to end her collegiate career in 2013 with numerous records with the Ducks' program.
Fellow right-hander Courtney Smith (River Valley) is also pitching at the D-I level. Smith is a true freshman at East Carolina of Conference-USA.
She's made 10 starts for the Pirates this season as one of the team's go-to arms. Overall, Smith has pitched 651⁄3 innings.
She was the A-D's 2011 Player of the Year.
Next month, Smith could possibly face one of Moore's former teammates.
Chanell Thurman, a 2008 graduate of Sutter High, is finishing up her collegiate career this spring at Southern Mississippi, also part of Conference-USA.
East Carolina and Southern Miss are slated for a three game series beginning on April 21.
Thurman spent her first three years with the Golden Eagles as a middle infielder, but made the transition to third base this season.
She's made 17 starts this year and appeared in all 55 of the team's games last season (54 starts). At the Division II level, another former Husky is finishing her career as well.
Cal State East Bay senior Heidi McAllister has made 11 starts for the Pioneers this season, primarily as a designated player.
She spent two years at Arizona Western College before transferring to Hayward last season.
One highlight of her collegiate career includes hitting a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam in extra innings last year against Cal State San Bernardino.
One of her high school teammates is right across the bay at San Francisco State.
Freshman shortstop Courtney Gravel has started in 15 of the Gators' 24 games with a .250 batting average.
She was a four-time A-D All-Area and All-Butte View League selection during her prep career.
Also with the Gators is former Lindhurst standout Jordan Stanaland.
The sophomore righty has started seven games in the circle for the Gators this season.
She was the Golden Empire League MVP her senior season with the Blazers in 2010.
In the D-III ranks, Yuba City product Maria LaBouyer is at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
She was All-Area and All-TCC last season with the Honkers where she batted .446.