ABERDEEN, SD (NSUWolves.com) – Northern State University head coach Ashley Schilling announced the addition of three student-athletes to national letters of intent today. Alysa Jones (Ankeny, IA), Madi Jones (Falls City, NE), and Mckenzie Wanner (Buena Park, CA) will join the Wolves in the fall of 2023 and compete in their first season the following spring.
Alysa Lowe is a 5-foot-7 outfielder out of Ankeny High School. She is a starter for the Hawks under the direction of head coach David Bingham. Lowe tallied six doubles and 18 RBI in the 2022 summer season, earning CIML All-Conference honorable mention accolades. She is the daughter of Dave and Carisa Lowe.
Schilling’s Thoughts – “Alysa will bring a fast pace to our line up in the outfield and on the base path. Our outfield will be elevated with her! Alysa is a hard out in the box and takes advantage of every opportunity. Her high character and academic ambitions are part of the whole person that we care about in our program.”
Madi Jones is a 5-foot-6 catcher and infielder out of Falls City High. She is a 4-year starter and team captain for the Tigers under the direction of head coach Trista McClure. Jones tallied a .530 career batting average as a prep, accumulating 167 hits, 29 doubles, 21 homeruns, and 126 RBI. Jones holds the FCHS school records for single season average (.659), hits (56), doubles (16), homeruns (14), and RBI (52). She is a 3-time all-conference selection and 3-time all-state honoree. In addition, Jones is a member of the Nebraska National program, hitting .397 in 2022. She is the daughter of Luke and Celeste Jones.
Schilling’s Thoughts – “Madi is a gritty and fierce player! She works behind the plate for her pitchers on every pitch. You’ll see her speed on the bases and her high softball IQ. Her passion for Northern and softball will shine through to anyone who watches her play.”
Mckenzie Wanner is a 5-foot-7 pitcher and infielder out of John F. Kennedy High School. She is a 4-year starter for the Fighting Irish under the direction of head coach Adrian Ramon. As a junior, Wanner tallied a 1.77 ERA through 63.1 innings pitched with 39 strikeouts. JFKHS won the Empire League Championship in 2022 and Wanner brought home all-conference first team and pitcher of the year honors. She is the daughter of Janet and Justin Geoffroy.
Schilling’s Thoughts – “We are excited for Mckenzie’s presence and her “you’re not going to beat me” mentality in the circle. Her California roots give her an advantage of playing at a very high level year round. She is excited for the Midwest and all that Northern has to offer!”