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Trio shines in Southern Star Showcase

Recently, three members of the Thomson High School girls' softball team got an opportunity to demonstrate their skills before more than 40 college coaches from all over America during the Southern Star Showcase held on the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

The local players were Junior Whitney Hillman, Sophomore Heather Shivers and Freshman Hannah Wilson. They play for Thomson Head Coach Jason Osborn and Assistant Coach Bennie Lee Hester.

"This was something real exciting for these three players and I was proud of the way each of them performed," said Coach Osborn. "All three of them have expressed a desire to play college softball someday, so this was real beneficial to each of them."

Hillman, Shivers and Wilson were among more than 120 fast-pitch softball players from throughout the Southeast, as well as several northern states who attended the Southern Star Showcase.

Each of them were placed on different teams during the two-day showcase and played in five games.

"They were exposed to some very good competition and they did well," said Coach Osborn. "They did a real good job. All three of them were named Most Valuable Player in at least one of the five games they played in. That says a little about how well they played in itself."

Wilson, he pointed out, smashed four triples and four doubles during her outing there. She is now a runner on the girls' track team at Thomson High School. Wilson, along with Hillman and Shivers also are members of a newly formed traveling softball team, which is made up of players from the high school softball team.

Web posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008

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