Kiki Stokes two time All-American

kikiNebraska’s MJ Knighten was named a first-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday, while Kiki Stokes earned third-team honors for the second straight season.

Knighten posted a .376 batting average with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs this season. She ranked second nationally in home runs and 10th in RBIs.

Stokes led Nebraska with 74 hits, 20 stolen bases and a .409 batting average. She added 11 doubles, three triples and six home runs to become one of 13 players nationally who produced 20 stolen bases and 20 extra-base hits.

Words of advice from All-American Kiki Stokes…

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Kiki Stokes was one of the greatest players to ever put on a Nebraska uniform. She graduates holding the school record for runs scored. From Olathe, Kansas to Lincoln, Nebraska spans a lifetime of experiences and life lessons that went by in an instant. Here is her open letter.

I never understood why Nebraska was known as “the good life” but after these past four years I have come to realize why there is no place like it! You hear everyone say four years of college goes by fast and nod your head thinking “yeah what do they know” but the people who tell you that are nothing but right. Four years goes by incredibly fast and within those four years, you learn and find out a lot about who you are as a player but even more importantly a person.

Nebraska gave me the best experience of a lifetime. When I walked on campus, I knew instantly that it was were I was going to call Lincoln my second home.  The coaches, the players, were nothing short of amazing, but the community and the fans made it feel like home.

During my four years, I’ve learned four important life lessons that I can take with me for the rest of my life.

You have to WORK hard from the start, TALENT only takes you so far:  I spent my freshman year and half of my sophomore year thinking that I could get by with my talent, but I ended up wasting almost 2 full years of my college career because I simply didn’t put in the time and work that it was going to take to be the best. You have to work from the start; nothing is going to come easy!

The little things MATTER: it sounds so cliché and you hear it all the time, but when you do the little things right, not only do people notice, but bigger and better results come out of doing those little things right.

Do not make excuses. There is always a way to get something done and it may be hard but figuring it out will make it all worth it.

Be thankful and grateful for the opportunity everyday: thousands of people wish they could have the opportunity to represent a university and play the sport they love, and you were chosen to represent.

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Former DeMarini Ace and Nebraska All-American Kiki Stokes drafted No. 6 in NPF draft

Nebraska All-American Kiki Stokes made history on Thursday, when she was selected with the No. 6 overall pick by the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the first-round of the 2016 National ProFastpitch College Draft in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Not only did Stokes become the first draft pick for the expansion franchise, she also became the highest drafted Husker since the NPF re-established operations in 2004. Stokes was the first Husker selected in the NPF draft since catcher Taylor Edwards was picked in the second round of the 2014 draft. Stokes was also the first Husker to be a first-round selection since Ashley DeBuhr in 2007 (No. 8).

Stokes was not expecting to be selected in the first round, nor was she expecting to be able to watch the NPF draft, which aired live on CBS Sports Network. But Nebraska’s scheduled flight to Chicago was delayed, allowing Stokes and her teammates to watch as her name was announced as the No. 6 pick.

“It was really exciting,” Stokes said. “Everybody around me was screaming and it was surreal to me. I didn’t process at all that I was going to go in the first round. I’m still kind of shaken up about it. I’m really excited about what’s next, and I’m really excited everyone got to be around and witness it.”

Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle said Stokes’ selection was an exciting accomplishment for her and for the entire Husker softball program.

“This is a proud moment for Nebraska softball,” Revelle said. “It is a proud moment to see a player work so hard to maximize her talent and to have that talent be recognized by the NPF. We can’t wait to see Kiki play professionally.”

Per NCAA rules, Stokes cannot sign with the Dawgs or officially begin her professional career until the end of her senior season. While she’s focused on the remaining months of her Husker career, Stokes is also excited about continuing to play beyond college.

“I think it’s really humbling to me,” Stokes said. “I’m blessed to be able to get to play a game that a lot of people only get to play for four years.”

Story courtesy of Omaha.com

Aces alum Kiki Stokes awarded Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

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Junior Kiki Stokes was honored for an outstanding opening weekend when she was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday. The honor was the first of Stokes’ career.

Stokes set the table for an explosive offense that led the Huskers to a 4-1 record and the Hotel Encanto Invitational title last weekend. Stokes hit .650 in the five games, going 13-for-20 at the plate with one double, two home runs and 10 RBIs out of the leadoff spot in the Husker order. She posted a 1.000 slugging percentage and reached base at a .682 clip.

A native of Olathe, Kan., Stokes hit safely in all five games, including four multi-hit efforts. She also produced three games with multiple RBIs and scored in each of Nebraska’s five games, scoring multiple runs in four contests.  Full article here.

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She began the weekend going 1-for-3 against Colorado State, and followed that up by batting 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored against New Mexico State. She went 2-for-4 in her next contest against Montana, a game in which Stokes hit her first career grand slam. A 4-for-4 effort against Texas Tech came next, which gave her a career high for hits in a game.

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  • Recorded her 100th career hit with her final hit of the weekend
  • Hit her first career grand slam against Montana
  • Collects her first career Player of the Week honor

 

Cheyene Powell working hard at Oregon.

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DeMarini Aces Alum Cheyene Powell is working hard at Oregon.  Almost 2,000 miles from home, Oklahoma native Cheyene Powell (@cheyene_powell) is adjusting to life as an Oregon Duck.  As an incoming freshman, Chey had to get acclimated to new surroundings, a new team, and a full class load.

It’s not all work, all the time.  Chey gets to take in a football game with the Oregon mascot.

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As the first of the DeMarini Aces to play for Oregon.  Cheyene is paying it forward to future Duck Olivia Kinsey at an Oregon Camp by demonstrating some pitching drills.

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We are all very proud of you.  Keep up the good work and have an outstanding 2015 season!

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