OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—University of Hawai’i softball players Jessica Iwata and Stephanie Ricketts were named to the 2011 Easton All-America second and third teams respectively on Tuesday. It is the first All-America honors for both players.
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DJ Armbrust has been in this position before, which is to say he understands being in limbo.
After spring training, Armbrust did not receive an invitation to training camp nor to join the Warriors when the roster expands on the first day of the fall semester.
But Armbrust, a receiver who was on the Warriors’ scout team in 2010, continues to train and watch videos. He said he hopes to be summoned if there is an opening on what eventually will be the 120-player roster.
“I love the sport,” Armbrust said.
And if there is no opening this season, he will try again in the spring.
It is that determination that helped Armbrust eventually earn a spot on the 2010 training-camp roster after initially being omitted.
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I supposed it is considered due diligence, but each UH coach had to go through a background screening before being allowed to participate in summer camps.
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A significant difference between the major leagues and NFL/NBA is that draft position does not equate to a certain salary range. UH’s Kolten Wong should receive a better signing bonus than last year’s 22nd pick, Kellin Deglan, a catcher from Canada. Deglan was selected as a high school senior by the Texas Rangers; Wong is a college junior who has proven he can hit at a higher level. Deglan received a $1 million signing bonus. He was the first 2010 first-rounder to sign a contract.