November 27, 2006
Eagles ink two in early signing period
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana softball team announced that utility player Dani Monks (Evansville, Indiana) and infielder Dani Finkelstein (Windsor, Colorado) have signed national letters of intent to play for Head Coach Sue Kunkle's Screaming Eagles in 2008.
Monks is a senior at Reitz High School where she has played softball for four years. She helped her travel team to the 2005 Kentucky-Indiana NSA State Championship and an appearance in the 2006 NSA World Series.
"Dani Monks will be a great addition to our team next year," Kunkle said. "She already is a polished catcher with room to grow. She is versatile, which allows her to work at other positions throughout the infield.
"Offensively, Dani is a very strong and powerful hitter, which will add more depth to our lineup," Kunkle continued. "She has established a reputation as one of Evansville's great players and our staff is excited about her continuing her career as a Screaming Eagle."
Finkelstein is a senior at Windsor High School where she earned All-State honors after helping WHS to the Class 4A state championship this past fall. Prior to attending Windsor, Finkelstein played at Smoky Hill High School (Aurora, Colorado) where she earned first-team All-Conference honors as a junior and second-team All-Conference honors as a sophomore.
She helped lead her travel team (Colorado Comets) to an appearance at the 18 Gold ASA National Championships and the 16A ASA National Championships.
"Dani Finkelstein is an aggressive player with a great amount of versatility," Kunkle said. "She has great defensive hands and has a lot of range.
"Offensively, Dani has power as well as a scrappy approach at the plate," Kunkle continued. "She usually finds a way to get on base."
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