After Diamond Fever

             Players continue careers at college

Diamond Fever Softball is dedicated to helping our athletes become better players and helping them earn opportunities to play fastpitch in college.

All of Diamond Fever players who wanted to play softball in college have been able to live that dream—and that is a testament to the Diamond Fever mission, the parents, and the coaches.  No other softball organization in the area can make that same claim.  Since Diamond Fever’s beginning in 1998, the organization has developed 65+ girls who were able to earn athletic scholarships to play softball for their respective colleges.  Diamond Fever has given immeasurable confidence, athleticism, and motivation to every girl who has dedicated her time to the sport, and currently, 18 Diamond Fever girls play at the college level.  Overall, Diamond Fever has had eleven former players return as coaches!  We also have two active Diamond Fever girls and several former players coaching for high school teams.  They understand the invaluable skills Diamond Fever has offered, and in turn, they want to give back and help those younger athletes from our area. 

We are extremely proud to have played a role in the following players' development and recruitment.

Congratulations, ladies! Keep working hard!

 

Diamond Fever Alumni

Heather Bullington
Dan River High School, Class of 2002 
Virginia Intermont College

 

Lori Beth Collins
Dan River High School, Class of 2002 
UNC-Greensboro

 

Megan Gilbert
Dan River High School, Class of 2002
Campbell University

 

Melanie Gilbert
Dan River High School, Class of 2002
Averett University

 

Sonya Francis
Dan River High School, Class of 2002
Averett University

 

Kesha Venable
George Washington High School, Class of 2002
Lenoir-Rhyne University

 

Sarah Montgomery
Chatham High School, Class of 2004
Randolph College

 

Ashley Taylor
Dan River High School, Class of 2004
Radford University

 

Lindsey Hastings
Halifax High School, Class of 2004
Meredith College

 

Ashley Salmon
George Washington High School, Class of 2005
University of South Carolina

 

Jennifer Bowles
Martinsville High School, Class of 2006
University of Virginia

 

Casey Pyron
Dan River High School, Class of 2007
Barry University

 

Kelly Montgomery

Chatham High School, Class of 2008
Gardner-Webb University

 

Bri Ritchey

Dan River High School, Class of 2008

Pitt Community College

 

Gwen Turner
Dan River High School, Class of 2008
Lafayette College

 

Kara Buchanan
Home Schooled, Class of 2008
Gardner-Webb University

 

Emily Atkinson
Tunstall High School, Class of 2008
Averett University

 

Jennifer Slaughter
Tunstall High School, Class of 2008
University of Virginia

 

Sarah Smith
Tunstall High School, Class of 2008
Lynchburg College

 

Brooke Short
Altavista High School, Class of 2009
Longwood University

 

Hannah Shumaker
Bartlett-Yancey High School, Class of 2009
Ferrum College

 

Tessa Law
Bassett High School, Class of 2009
Radford University 

 

Carrie Dudley
Gretna High School, Class of 2009
Bridgewater College

 

Ingrid Joyce
Patrick County High School, Class of 2009
Greensboro College & Radford University

 

Susanne Plaster

Patrick County High School, Class of 2009

Greensboro College & Ferrum College

 

Brittany Arnn
Tunstall High School, Class of 2009
Campbell University

 

Jenna Rudder
Tunstall High School, Class of 2009
Averett University

 

Amber Marstin
William Campbell High School, Class of 2009
Bridgewater College

 

Courtney Burner
George Washington High School, Class of 2010
Ferrum College

 

Nina Compton
Gretna High School, Class of 2010
Virginia Tech

 

Johanna Spencer
Halifax High School, Class of 2010
Elon College

 

Megan Day
Halifax High School, Class of 2010
Elon College

 

Stephanie Clark
Halifax High School, Class of 2010
Roanoke College

 

Taylor Nunn
Westover Christian High Academy, Class of 2010
North Greenville University

 

Rachel Shumaker
Bartlett-Yancey High School, Class of 2011
Ferrum College

 

Nichole Mills
Gretna High School, Class of 2011
Bravard College

 

Morgan Jones
Tunstall High School, Class of 2011
Averett University

 

Amber Sulter
Westover Christian Academy, Class of 2011
Lynchburg College

 

Brittany Lawhorne
William Campbell High School, Class of 2011
UVA-Wise

 

Skylar Seals
William Campbell High School, Class of 2011
Lynchburg College

 

Taylor Dix
Bartlett-Yancey High School, Class of 2012
Averett College

 

Kayla Malkos
Cave Spring High School, Class of 2012
Virginia Wesleyan University

 

Rhyan Scearce
Dan River High School, Class of 2012
Averett University

 

Mary Beth Smith
Bartlett Yancey High School, Class of 2012
Averett University 

 

Shelby Wray
Franklin County High School, Class of 2012
Emory & Henry College

 

Kelsey White
Halifax High School, Class of 2012
Bluefield College 

 

Katherine Shumaker
Bartlett-Yancey High School, Class of 2013
Catawaba College

 

Holly Eckard
Dan River High School, Class of 2013
Emory & Henry College

 

Kelsey Meadows
Dan River High School, Class of 2013
Patrick Henry Community College 

 

Kimmie Meadows
Dan River High School, Class of 2013
Patrick Henry Community College

 

Emily Lawrence
Gretna High School, Class of 2013
Roanoke College

 

Brianna Pierce
Halifax High School, Class of 2013

Virginia State

 

Miyana Ross
Halifax High School, Class of 2013
Ferrum College

 

Courtney Rudd
Western Alamance High School, Class of 2014
Ferrum College

 

Jordan Whitcomb
Franklin County High School, Class of 2014
Emory & Henry College

 

Lauren Marstin
Brookneal, Virginia
Lourdes University

Janelle Sanford

Person County High School, Class of 2015

Meredith College

Rebekah Burner

Dan River High School, Class of 2015

Longwood University Club Ball

Dominique Mulero

Tunstall High School, Class of 2015

Virginia State

Kaitlyn Lipscomb

Chatham High School, Class of 2016

University of Virginia Club Ball

Marlene Carlson

GW Danville High School, Class of 2017

Roanoke College

Bailey Kirby

Class of 2017

North Carolina A&T

Brianna Mills

Gretna High School, Class of 2017

Radford University

Kendall Varner

Bassett High School, Class of 2017

Emory & Henry College

Meagan Puckett

Chatham High School, Class of 2017

Patrick Henry Community College

LaNae Wilson

Gretna High School, Class of 2017

Radford University Club Ball

Caitlyn Wiles

Dan River High School, Class of 2018

Ferrum College 

Carly Cobb

Reidsville High School, Class of 2019

Methodist College 

Sarah Smith

 

Danville, VA

Tunstall High School

 

Lynchburg College

"Diamond Fever helped me make most of my best friends. Many of the girls I played with from 10 and under and up, I still talk to on a regular basis. It provided me with the opportunity to strengthen my softball skills and eventually to help me play in college and meet more of my lifelong friends. When I think of my childhood, Diamond Fever softball is what stands out. It helped shape me into the person I am today and taught me many skills that I need in the real world, such as leadership, communication, problem solving, and teamwork. There is no doubt in my mind that if I hadn't played softball for the exceptional Diamond Fever organization, my summers would not have been as amazing as they were and I wouldn't have such wonderful memories to last me the rest of my life."

Stephanie Clark

 

Nathalle, VA

Halifax County High School

 

Roanoke College

"Diamond Fever has been an organization that not only helped me to grow as an athlete, but also as a person. It is centered around being a family and always playing for the girl on your left and your right. Playing for this organization has taught me many lessons about the game of softball and lessons off the field. It is a great organization, and I have many, many memories I will cherish for a lifetime with the wonderful teammates, coaches, and parents who watched me grow as a player and also as an individual."
 

Nichole Mills

Gretna, VA

Gretna High School

 

Brevard College Softball Team

"Diamond Fever has had such an impact on my life that I know I will never forget it. For the past twelve years of my life, playing softball for the Diamond Fever organization has shaped me into the young woman I am today. It gave me the opportunity to find not only the softball player I could be, but also the person I could be. After years of working hard under the supervision of multiple Diamond Fever coaches, I have been able to make many accomplishments, such as being a two-time Virginia ‘A’ State Champion, the All-Metro Player of the Year, a QDSS All-Tournament Third Baseman, a player in the European World Cup held in the Netherlands, and a FCSAA (college) First Team and Player of the Week. Being able to accomplish these things has taught me self-confidence, hard work, humility, and dedication among many other attributes that defines me as a person. Diamond Fever has also given me the opportunity to meet new people and to share the name of Jesus on and off the field. Without the Diamond Fever organization, I would not know where or who I would be today."
 

Hannah Shumaker

Blanch, NC

 

Ferrum College Softball Team 2008-2012

"I joined the Diamond Fever family at the age of 15 and started on the 16u team with Bobby Clifton and Tim Bray. I started with basic softball skills that were developed over the years in the Diamond Fever organization.  Because I was older when I started, the 16u and the 18u teams gave me the opportunities to play in tournaments that college scouts would attend. I learned strategies and gained experience that helped prepare me to play in college. After I finished my last year playing DF softball, my sister and I coached the 10u team for two years. Coaching made me really appreciate the coaches I had growing up. Overall, being a part of the Diamond Fever family has brought me many life-long friends and lasting memories!"
 

Tessa Law

 

Axton, VA

Bassett High School

 

Radford University Softball Team

"I moved to the area as a junior in high school, looking for a reputable team with a family atmosphere. I found all that and more with Diamond Fever. Playing with the Diamond Fever family was one of my most memorable softball experiences. I grew as a player, gained much knowledge of the game, and earned the friendship of many teammates. Fever softball showed me the advantages and glory of hard work, all while enjoying the game I loved. They are a family that will stick with me for a lifetime."

Nina Compton

Gretna, VA

Gretna High School

 

Virginia Tech

"Playing for Diamond Fever has not only given me skills inside the fence but also outside of that fence. [This organization] has taught me discipline and how to give 100%. Most people don’t how much effort they are capable of putting forth. Diamond Fever has brought out that characteristic in me that any family member, friend, or employer would love to see in someone. I can, without a doubt, say I would not be as successful in softball or in life if it hasn’t been for this organization."
 

Lauren Marstin

Brookneal, VA

 

Lourdes University Softball Team

"Diamond Fever is an organization that taught me so much about softball and even more about life. It helped me discover my love for softball and taught me many life lessons. I will never forget the many friends I made through this organization and I will never EVER forget Bobby Clifton. He is and always will be the most AMAZING coach I ever had. He taught me so much about the game of softball and the game of life. I am so thankful for the memories, the friends, and all the softball skills I have gained through Diamond Fever! Without these years in my childhood, I would not be the person or the softball player I am today!"

Rachel Shumaker

Blanch, NC

 

Ferrum College Softball Team

"Diamond Fever has been such a big part of my life over the years and has helped shape me, not only as an athlete but as a person. Having such wonderful coaches taught me the value of hard work (through many of Layton's famous practices) and has helped me make so many friends I will never forget. Diamond Fever was not only a team, but it was also a family because together we made it through many victories, many tough losses, and personal battles together. It has always been a place to turn to for support and love, and I will never forget all the wonderful people I shared my travel softball experiences with both as a player and as a coach for the 10U team during the 2012/2013 season."