BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University softball interim head coach Brittany Gomez announced the addition of three student-athletes to the BSU softball program for the 2021 season. Stella Dolan (LHP, 5-3, St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall HS), Madison McCann (Util., 5-6, St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS) and Lizzie Schwenn (C/1B, 5-4, Poynette, Wis./Poynette HS) signed national letters of intent during the NCAA’s early signing period to join Bemidji State softball for the 2021 season.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
* Stella Dolan – 5-3 – LHP – R/L – St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall HS)
Cretin-Derham Hall: Four-year letter-winner for the Raiders’ softball and girls hockey programs… Named to the Class 4A All-Section Team her sophomore and junior seasons… Selected to the All-Suburban East Conference First Team here junior season and Honorable Mention her sophomore season… Helped the Raiders to a section playoffs appearance in 2018… Member of the President’s List Honor Roll, National Honor Society and MSHSL Excel Award recipient.
Personal: Daughter of Kevin and Lisa Dolan… Born on Feb. 12, 2002… Plans to major in Sport Management or Marketing while attending Bemidji State… When not on the softball field Stella enjoys swimming, watching sports, taking photos and spending time with family and friends.
Gomez on Dolan: “Stella is a great left-handed pitcher with lots of spin that we were able to get out of the cities. She moves the ball well and has a great personality. You will hardly ever see her not smiling! We graduate Olivia Tucker this year who is also a pitcher and Stella will do great filling in that presence on the mound. She works hard and I know we will be able to use her to start a game, fill in or end the game. We have confidence in her already and we are excited for her to start next fall with us.”
* Madison McCann – 5-6 – Utility – R/R – St. Michael, Minn. (St. Michael-Albertville HS)
St. Michael-Albertville HS: Three-year letter-winner for the Knights’ softball program… Helped the Knights reach the Minnesota Elite Eight State Tournament in her junior season where they finished 21-6 on the season… Batted .246 with two doubles, one triple and one home run in 2019… Member of the schools honor roll.
Personal: Daughter of Gary and Georgia McCann… Born on Feb. 22, 2002… Plans to major in Exercise Science or Pre-Physical Therapy while attending Bemidji State… When not on the softball field, Madison enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, choir and working out.
Gomez on McCann: “Maddy is a great utility player and I am happy she came to visit us this summer. The timing worked out great for both of us. She will be a versatile player for us playing anywhere on the field when needed. She also swings well, and I think she will do great at BSU and be able to show her skill set from the beginning.”
* Lizzie Schwenn – 5-4 – C/1B – R/L – Poynette, Wis. (Poynette HS)
Poynette HS: Two-year letter-winner for the Pumas’ softball program and one-year letter-winner for the cross country program… Helped lead the Pumas to back-to-back Wisconsin High School Division 3 State Championships in 2019 and 2018… Helped Poynette achieve a perfect 30-0 season in 2019… Named to the All-Capitol North Conference First Team in 2019 and Second Team in 2018… Posted a .357 batting average with seven doubles and 14 RBI during the 2019 season… Member of the National Honor Society and the Pumas’ honor roll.
Personal: Daughter of Don and Kim Schwenn… Born on March 20, 2002… Plans to major in Psychology while attending Bemidji State… When not on the softball field, Lizzie enjoys exercising, music, art, reading, going to church and playing with her dog.
Gomez on Schwenn: “Lizzie is my first ever recruit as a head coach. I watched her play in Wisconsin this summer and I just knew there was something good there. She's a great player and even better person. Since Lexi Derrick is graduating next year we wanted to find another catcher and Lizzie fits this need perfectly. She has a great mindset already behind the plate and has a nice bat that I think will be able to help us from the start and in conference. We are excited to have her start with us next fall.”
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).